Monday, August 27, 2012

Day 1: Up, Up, Up

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Happy Isles (mile 0) to Little Yosemite Valley Campground (mile 4.3).

Today's miles: 4.3 miles

We (my cousin, mom and me) pulled ourselves out of the comfort of our beds at 6 am and were on the trail at 8:45 am. Much to my surprise, there weren't that many people on the trail.

It was a beautiful morning as we made our 4.3 mile, ~2000 foot ascent to camp.

We took many, many breaks, the first one at the footbridge overlooking Vernal Fall.

We also saw a baby bobcat there. It was beautiful!

We reached the top of Vernal Fall in two hours, took a break, posed for tons of photos and continued to Nevada Fall. The views of the falls are truly stunning as the trail switchbacks the north side of the falls, up what seemed like a thousand rocky, uneven steps.

A mile later, we made our way to Little Yosemite Valley Campground. So peaceful, so wonderful. And, much to my surprise, not that many people here.

It was a very hot day today, in the mid 90s, so we took a dip in the Merced River to cool off before dinner.

The water was cold but very refreshing. Truth be told, it wasn't as cold as I thought it would be.

I'm very proud of my cousin and my mom for making it this far. This is their first trip into the backcountry and they are doing great. But more importantly, they are having a great time.

Loving this moment, but also very excited for tomorrow!
“I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~John Muir
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  1. Thanks Andy! Love your pictures and notes. Congratulations to you and your fellow travelers

  2. Damn beautiful pics man! Did you see fish while at Merced? That camp looks pretty sweet! I gotta stay there next time I visit the Dome


    1. Yes, there are fish in the Merced River. Another camper caught a decent size rainbow trout the second day and enjoyed it with his son around the communal fire ring.