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... struggling to breathe without coughing my lungs up! The first one was a 3 mile round trip to see the Vernal Falls…it was a pretty constant steep trail which was paved to start with, and then the last part was just granite steps up to the top of the fall. We stopped for lunch about level with the falls and watched everyone below jumping into the icy water! Clearly we missed that memo!! There was even a rainbow in the waterfall which was so beautiful. Our ...
... 100 feet. Might as well be in Kansas. It’s hot.
Next city on our transit is Merced, known as the “Gateway to Yosemite.” We skirt the heart of downtown Merced, which isn’t missing much. Property values here were flattened during the recent Great Recession. Merced suffered one of the greatest property price collapses in the country.
Leaving Merced, we’re ...
... back into the forest, I sighed a breath of relief. Only to find out when we got back that with Noz behind me he could see every step we were taking, and apparently there was one point where we were very close to the edge! AH well, we survived! We still had another 45 minutes to go before we were back, so we battled through the rain, thunder, lightning and mud - at one point i heard Noz shout to me "Keep you elbows in and armpits together - you'll stay warmer!". ...
In the end we had to make a decision
about whether we would turn around and go back to Yosemite Pines for
the night or go through the Tioga Pass and down onto the other side
of Yosemite. We knew Hannah wanted to be in Wi-Fi range for her
birthday and so chose to carry on into Lee Vining, CA. The driving
back and then back into the park again was going to be too much for
Ben with his pain levels still being high.
... nature's raw power up close.
The final descent into the valley could be tackled by two routes: the Mist Trail, which was a short but steep descent which passed two waterfalls, or the John Muir Trail, which was longer but shallower and therefore easier on the knees but didn't quite have the same views. Feeling brave, we decided on the Mist Trail and were rewarded with stunning up close views of Vernal and Nevada falls. You could feel the spray from the falls, with the ...
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