Yosemite Falls

Trip Start Apr 04, 2007
Trip End Apr 15, 2007

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Sunday, April 8, 2007

Happy Easter! What a wonderful day to celebrate the risen Lord. The weather is just fantastic! It is in the 70's here and mostly sunny. We decided to do the hike up Yosemite Falls. There are several other hikes we wanted to do but the roads were closed to the trailhead due to snow pack. The Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America and the fifth highest in the world. These falls drop 2,425 feet in three tiers. The Upper Falls plummets 1,430 ft to the middle cascade which tumbles another 675 ft to the Lower Falls which plummet 320 ft. to the valley floor. The Yosemite Falls Trail is one of the parks oldest trails built in the 1870's. This trail gains 2,700 ft in elevation in 3.5 miles...UP!! We started up the trail wondering if we would make it to the top. There were so many tight switch backs reminding us of climbing out of the Grand Canyon. There were fantastic views of Yosemite Valley from higher on the trail. We had great expansive views of Half Dome on the other side of the valley. We could hear the roar of the falls as we climbed higher. We took a side trail that several hikers told us about. The views from this point were unparalleled. We could see all three levels of the falls, Yosemite Valley and Half Dome. There were a couple of beautiful rainbows around the falls. Kevin and I sat there for about an hour ate lunch and took in the incredible views. We were the only people there and it was like God made this just for us to see. We decided to walk a little further up the trail closer to the base of the Upper Falls. As we got up higher on the trail it was more windy, the spray from the falls was getting us very wet and started to turn a bit colder not to mention the trail was steeper. We decided to turn back. Kevin started having problems with his knees and shins. We stopped often. We set my watch to see how long it would take us to finish the last mile of the trail and we are embarrassed to say that these two triathletes took 47 minutes for the last mile. But we made and we are so glad that we took this wonderful hike. We have plenty of pictures of the valley and the falls. We would like to dedicate this day to our friend Louie Gabbard  age 22 who died on 4/1/07. Please remember him and all who loved him in your prayers.
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