May 21 2007

Photo Dump: Yosemite!

Last Sunday, John, Cole, and I went to Yosemite. We have a park pass, so we got in for “free.” It was one of the most perfect Yosemite days ever, and I have been to Yosemite A LOT. The weather couldn’t have been more beautiful, the Dogwood trees and wildflowers were in bloom, and the falls were magnificently full.

Here we have Half Dome (John, upon seeing Half Dome again, said “Hey- I was up there!”):

Apparently, given the wonky framing of the photo, I neglected to have my V-8 that day.

And here is Yosemite Falls. There was a good breeze that day, so the upper falls were really misting out to the left. Gorgeous.

Here is a closer view of the lower of the Yosemite Falls. I don’t know if you can see it, but there are people crawling over those boulders way up close to the falls. Idiots. It’s a wonder that more people don’t die in Yosemite every day. And here’s the only evidence that I was in the park all day. You can see the edge of my glasses and hat. Cole is quite happy riding in this pack. He loves it when I sing the Dora the Explorer Backpack song. I love that this backpack was free!

And here you can see a very small example of how insane the crowds can be. And all of these people drove their own cars into the park. It does a lot of damage to the park every year. They have talked for a long time of building parking lots outside the park and bussing people in. I think they should get on it already.

Here’s John and Cole in a little side flow of the (Merced?) river that flows through the park. (Damn it’s bad that I’m not sure of the name…) John was mildly upset that he had to wear this backpack until I told him that it could have been worse: it used to have a button on it that said “Thrift Store Junkie.”

Walkin’… yes indeed…

Here are the boys at Mirror Lake. It was slightly less than “mirror-y” that day, given the breeze. Some guy commented that it was a “gyp” and that he was disappointed after having walked all the way there. Perhaps he should have just purchased the postcard at the gift shop and gone home.

Here’s the river coming down from Mirror Lake.
We had a great day. We did somewhere around 6-7 miles (6 according to John, 7 according to my knees). For someone who started the day proclaiming “I am NOT going to hike 4.5 miles. I will NEVER make it!,” I feel pretty good about myself.

Cole thought throwing wood chips and sand were the best part of the day.
What a boy.