Yosemite, Day 3 and 4

 

Half Dome reflected in Mirror Lake

Half Dome reflected in Mirror Lake

Day three was a Monday and we set off into the park once again, hoping for lesser crowds.  Since it was supposed to be in the 90’s again, we decided to take a less strenuous hike than originally planned.  The Mirror Lake Loop trail was the perfect ticket.  Mirror Lake is known for its reflections, specifically of Half Dome. We did the best we could to capture the reflections on a cloudy afternoon.

Trail devastation from a recent rockslide

Trail devastation from a recent rockslide

Once on the trail we found out that it was closed part way through due to a rock slide on March 28, 2009.  The slide caused damage to several hundred feet of trail.  We hiked as far as we could get which was where the slide occurred, pretty impressive.  There were tons of boulders and trees strewn everywhere. 

Relaxing over the Merced River

Relaxing over the Merced River

It was a nice trail and crossed a raging river that fed Mirror Lake. Thunder was heard in the distance our whole way back. We made it back to the visitor center just before the skies opened up.  

The Merced River under an angry sky

The Merced River under an angry sky

Wow! It got very dark, and the wind, rain and hail came down.  Thunder and lightning entertained us as we had a snack in the village.  We got soaked running back to the car.

Yosemite Falls - See the overlook at the top?

Yosemite Falls - See the overlook at the top?

Tuesday, we set out to tackle our next major goal in the park,  hiking to the top of Yosemite Falls.  The 8 mile roundtrip brought us to the top of the largest waterfall in the United States and the 5th largest in the world. 

Part way up...Half Dome in the background

Part way up...Half Dome in the background

This hike was crazy strenuous.  There was a 2,700 foot elevation change with switchback after switchback.  Good thing the views were worth it!  We just can’t seem to get away from Half Dome.

Halfway point, Upper Yosemite in the background

Halfway point, Upper Yosemite in the background

By the halfway mark the Upper Yosemite was calling us.  The rumble of the falling water from Yosemite Creek was incredible. 

Wow!
Wow!

Our favorite shot of the day was this one of Upper Yosemite Fall and Half Dome.  Nice pic Chris! We ended our day sore, and at a new local establishment that has wireless internet. Good food, good beer, good atmosphere and a good end to the day.  Yea!

2 Responses to “Yosemite, Day 3 and 4”

  1. lindsay lu lu says:

    Yes its is me! And i cant beleave i am saying that eather. That pic with the half dome and the falls is beautfull. And how did you almost get killed? hope you are haveing fun and i will send you some pics of josh but not saying they are going to be pretty! 🙂

  2. brenda guild says:

    lu lu chris g nick name for linds
    it looks lovely
    bren

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