Yosemite, Day 5, 6 and 7

The start of the Panorama Trail...wonder where the name came from?

The start of the Panorama Trail...wonder where the name came from?

After a day of rest and housekeeping we set out once again into the park.  One of our last ‘to do’ items was the Panorama Trail from Glacier Point to the valley floor.  This 8.5 mile hike is one way with a 3,200 foot elevation change.  We chose wisely, and started at the top, working our way down to the valley and past three impressive waterfalls.

The trail runs by the side of both Nevada and Vernal Fall.

The trail runs by the side of both Nevada and Vernal Fall.

The views were outstanding throughout (go figure, Panorama Trail…).  Again, we couldn’t get away from Half Dome.  It was really cool hiking “into” the view we were enjoying.  The falls in the background are Nevada (top) and Vernal (bottom), which we will finish our day with.

Illilouette Fall

Illilouette Fall

Along the way we passed Illilouette Fall, where we enjoyed a PBJ on the rocks and a brief rest.

Descending down Nevada Fall

Descending down Nevada Fall

The next stop was at Nevada Fall, where we enjoyed another snack on the rocks, this time looking out toward Glacier Point where we started our day.  The hike down along the Nevada Fall was steep and offered some great views of the crashing water.

In front of Vernal Fall...still dry

In front of Vernal Fall...still dry

From Nevada we hooked into the “Mist trail” that brought us to Vernal Fall, our last stop for the day.

Now we know what is at the end of the rainbow :)

Now we know what is at the end of the rainbow 🙂

We had fun trying to capture the rainbows at the bottom of Vernal Fall.

Soaked again, this time by Vernal fall on the Mist trail

Soaked again, this time by Vernal fall on the Mist trail

Ok, mist trail is a misnomer… We think rain trail, torrential downpour trail, shower trail, etc… may be more appropriate.  Once again we ended our day damp but happy!

Since this was a one way trail we had to jockey the truck and a motorcycle to do it.  After each of us drove 6 hours roundtrip to make it work (Yosemite is huge and our campground is 25 miles outside of the park), with a 9 mile hike in between, we were pooped.  We stopped for a quick bite at a lodge on the way home since neither one of us were in cooking shape.

Our first Yosemite beat, a brown 'black' bear

Our first Yosemite beat, a brown 'black' bear

The last section of the park we wanted to see was the Tioga Pass road.  When we first arrived it had yet to open, as it is closed in the winter (November-May).  As luck would have it, the pass opened up yesterday and we were excited to see what the upper elevations had to offer.  As we made the turn onto the Pass we saw our 1st Yosemite bear in a meadow hanging out.

The storm cometh

The storm cometh

After hanging out in the Valley and at Glacier Point, we were a bit disappointed with the Tioga Pass.  There were some good views, snow, marshy meadows, etc… but nothing too exciting.  There was a storm that rolled in as we drove through, which we tried to capture in a picture.

Our second Yosemite bear, a cinnamon 'black' bear

Our second Yosemite bear, a cinnamon 'black' bear

We made it to the other side of the park and checked out Mono Lake and Mammoth Mountain.  On the way back through Yosemite, we stopped at the meadow where we saw our first bear and he was gone.  We couldn’t believe our luck when there was a different bear there in the meadow to take its place.  How cool…two Yosemite bears in one day!  Don’t worry mom, we kept our distance this time.

6 Responses to “Yosemite, Day 5, 6 and 7”

  1. The Mommie Unit says:

    Hum? Didn’t know the telephoto lens on your camera was so powerful. Three hundred feet and you got photos of bears that close-up hum? Trying not to worry the mommie unit? What’s a mother to do. It is what it is.

    On another note did you see any ‘Lucky Charms” or little green men at the end of the rainbow? Please say yes and keep the dream alive!

    Stay Well & Safe & Happy,

    Hugs & Kisses

    Mom & Chris

    • admin says:

      Hi Mom,

      We are finally out of the Yosemite area and have some service, yeah!!! Actually we were at a safe distance, there was even a ranger nearby. Our Sony camera has a 10x zoom that is pretty good paired with some extra zooming with photo shop we are able to make you nervous:) OK.. I’ll say yes and keep the dream alive. Hope things are going well with the house. I will give a call soon to catch up!

      Love ya!
      Us

  2. lindsay lu lu says:

    Yes i have always wanted to know what was at the end of the rainbow! Those bears are so cute. Almost cute enuff to run up and hug…but not quite! Only 29 more days till we come and see you. WOOO WHOOO! My mom went to see nat for the weekend and gave her car to josh so she rode on a train just like Harry Potter! But she said it was not even close to magical. Oh hey the new Harry Potter comes out july 15 and i will have to go with out you 🙁 i guess i will live. Hope you are haveing fun i will see you soon. We would love to here from you guys soon!

    Love you lots
    Lindsay <3

    • admin says:

      Hi Linds,

      Chris actually wanted to to title the photo something else (Kim farts rainbows) but I told him that was inappropriate!! The bears were very cute and we were pretty lucky to see them. We have service now if you want to text or call. I will call your mom later and catch up. It sounds like she has some stories to tell. It’s OK about Harry Potter, we can curl up on the couch and watch reruns together when I get home:)

      Love you back and can’t wait to see you too!

  3. Astro says:

    Hey guys – me and the kids were just checking out the site. They love seeing the falls and Sammy was like. Whoa…look at uncle Chrissy’s hair! 🙂 These pictures I think are our favorite (mayeb I am a little biased when it comes to bears) but really there is something about the Sierras…Yosemite is breathtaking. Wish we were there to see it with you. Have you made it back to Tahoe yet? Any plans or maybe did I miss a blog? Sorry if I have. Sammy wants me to tell you that we’ve encountered our own “creatures” at our bog at the cabin. Just last weekend, we saw…a beaver, two deer, a crane, caught two snappers, a huge bull frog, a toad, pollywogs, we had 4 swans swim by us on the lake and the bald eagle that now lives in our bog, used to have his home right in our very own pine tree in front of the cabin. Oh yeah, try to imagine, in Sammy’s voice… “We Saw Canada!” We happened to be up by the fire and Sammy and I could see lights on the lake that weren’t moving…I think it was the one big point directly across from us. Couldn’t have been a freighter as the lights were not moving. Hmmm?
    Any way, hope all is well and again – great pictures! Love and miss you.
    SAMSA

    • admin says:

      Hi Strobridge Family,

      It’s great to hear from you guys. It sounds like there is a lot of work going on at the cabin. We can’t wait to see it. Yosemite was very picturesque. The waterfalls were flowing and the bears were a posing. Wish you could be here too! Hard to believe but we will be home ‘relatively’ soon. Time does fly… We’re near Tahoe right now in wine country (Plymouth CA). We are going to skip Tahoe this trip and go there as a short vacation after we are home one day. Just too much with the camper.

      It sounds like everyone there is communing with nature as well. WOW, you guys saw lots of critters!!!!

      Uncle Chrissy continues to grow out his hair… I will be buying him some hair “products” any day now:)

      Things sound good back home. We hope work and school are going smooth for all. We miss you too!

      Love ya

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