Sunday, October 17, 2010

October 9, 2010. Yosemite National Park.

After breakfast in the hotel we set out in the rental car to see Yosemite park. In some places we could see snow on distant peaks. We went to Glacier point and spent some time just absorbing the scenery. We saw a different view of Half Dome from that vantage point.
There was a three dimensional board showing all the mountains, telling their names and elevations. We could see clearly for many miles--we were told it was the best weather in weeks!

There were always people around who wanted their group photos taken and who did not mind in the least taking photos of the three of us together.

At Glacier point there was a young man sitting on a rock playing a flute. He seemed oblivious to the people around him. The music reminded me of Andean flute music, and it was truly a nice touch.

After Glacier Point we went to lunch and the park store. Then we took a shuttle bus to the trailhead for the Half Dome trail. Even though we were not hiking all the way up (we would have had to start before daylight at this time of year) we did hike up to the first view of Vernal Falls. The trail was much wider than I expected, but quite steep. I was game to go up to the next level (about a mile up) but we decided that if we did that we would not have time to do anything else today.

We took the shuttle back to the car and then drove to Bridal Veil Falls. There is not a lot of water this time of year but it was magnificent anyway.

We piled back into the car and headed for the hotel. The sun was going down as we were driving and I was absorbed in the view. Of course sunset photos never look as great as the real thing...

We had dinner at the hotel and headed back to the room for the night. Dianne and Damon were out well before 10:00, so when I was done reading I shut off all the lights and called it a day.

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