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Recap of Yosemite 2010, Day 5

It’s Sunday, so that means Jason and I will be exploring Kings Canyon National Park. We will be fully immersed in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which I’m sure I’m loving  🙂

As I prepared for this recap series, I realized that I never wrote a post for our final day in Yosemite last June 🙁  Bad Blogger! Bad! The funny thing is that Day 5 probably made the greatest impact on me personally. And it was our drive into the mountains on Day 5 that led to this current trip.

Here’s hoping I do that day justice…


Day 5 – June 9, 2010

After our big hike to Vernal and Nevada Falls, we decided that our final day would be best spent sitting as much as possible. So, we headed for the high country along the Tioga Road.
Let's Head for the High Country

Jason was super excited to see a marmot.
Close Up on the Marmot

We stopped at Olmstead Point with yet another different view of Half Dome.
Half Dome

Cloud's Rest

Our next stop along was Tenaya Lake. It was still a little iced over.

Tenaya Lake

We passed by the Tuolumne Meadows area that was still slightly snow-covered and shut-down (imagine that). Since we got into the park on a free weekend, we weren’t driving out of the park. This was as far as we went. Look at that snow!
Lots of Snow

High Country Clouds & Sky 1

Clearly, they weren’t kidding.
Looks Like They're Not Kidding

Because I was obsessed with it, we made another stop at Tenaya Lake.
Jason in His Element

Tenaya Lake

Tenaya Lake

Smile for the Waterfall!

The sky was just SO blue.
High Country

Yosemite Creek
Yosemite Creek

Yosemite Creek

Yosemite Creek

For some reason, I found these signs to be really funny.
There Are Rocks Everywhere!

Other signs weren’t very funny. These signs indicated spots where bears had been hit. “Red Bear, Dead Bear.” Not funny.
Red Bear = Dead Bear

“Watch for Rocks” = Funny. Rocks falling on truck = Not so funny.
Remember: Watch for Rocks

Back in the Valley, we stopped at Fern Spring.
Fern Spring

Fern Spring

And at El Capitan.
El Capitan

We turned into the Valley Chapel parking lot for more than just church business…

We were scoping out the neighboring meadow for bears. We got lucky!
"Our" Bear

After dinner, we headed out to get some evening shots of Half Dome. As the sun sets, it’s like the face of Half Dome glows. We got there rather early, so we went bear “hunting” again.
Half Dome

Bear #3
Bear #3

And Bear #4
Bear #4!!

Bear #4

As we peeled ourselves away from bear watching, we realized we were missing our Half Dome photo op.
Half Dome as the Sun Sets

Half Dome at Sunset

Half Dome at Sunset

Half Dome at Sunset


I was so sad for that trip to be over. I teared up so many times as we left the park, took off from the airport, arrived back in Wisconsin. However, in those final moments with Yosemite Valley, I vowed to return. And I kept that promise to myself.

Goodbye Yosemite

I can’t wait to share the latest chapter of my travels with you!


Recap of Yosemite 2010, Days 3 and 4

Jason and I are currently enjoying our final full day in Yosemite National Park. Tomorrow, we’ll be up early to drive into Yosemite Valley for some shopping and pizza. Plus, I don’t think I could visit the park without visiting the Valley. Then, we’ll be headed south to Sequoia/Kings Canyon!

Onto the next installment of my Yosemite 2010 recap!


Day 3 – June 7, 2010

The day began with deer hanging out by our tent cabin…

Which was followed by our first bear! Note: That was NOT our tent cabin. I was religious about using our bear box properly.
Our First Bear!

A visit to the base of Yosemite Falls.
Yosemite Falls

Lower Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls

It was a little wet crossing the footbridge.
Yosemite Falls

We hiked to Mirror Lake.
Mirror Lake

Half Dome from a different vantage point.
Half Dome

We visited the Ahwahnee Hotel twice: Once for a photography workshop and again for an evening guided “stroll.”
The Ahwahnee Hotel

Evening Stroll


Day 4 – June 8, 2010

Day 4 was a biggie! A 7-mile hike up to Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall. Our “Adventure Hike.”
Let's Do This!

Our initial crew. The older couple dropped out about half a mile in.
Adventure Hike Crew

Just a little water.
Adventure Hike

Vernal Fall
Vernal Fall

View from the top of Vernal Fall. Along the left, you can make out the Mist Trail that we hiked up. “Mist” was a bit of an understatement.
Beauty at the Halfway Point

Next Stop: Nevada Fall.
Nevada Fall

Hiking with out guide and staring up in awe.

Nevada Fall

Getting Closer...

Made it to the top!
We Made It!!

Nevada Fall

The view from where we sat for lunch.
Our Lunch Lookout

What goes up must come down. Time to head back.
Nevada Fall

Half Dome

Happy Hikers

Our Adventure

All Done!


Recap of Yosemite 2010, Days 1 and 2

As you read this, Jason and I will be en route to California and my beloved Yosemite National Park! Despite the bumps in the road, we are so excited about this trip. Not only will we be returning to Yosemite, this time to explore some new areas, but we will also be visiting two more national parks, Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Let the next installment of my national parks adventure begin!

During last June’s trip, I traveled with our netbook and blogged right from Curry Village in Yosemite Valley. This time around, there will be no computer (heck, we’ll be electricity-less for the first half of the trip). Last year, I spent about a half-hour/hour blogging after breakfast each morning, most of that time spent complaining about slow or inaccessible wireless. Basically, each morning I removed myself from the environment I wanted to enjoy to immerse myself in the world back home. This year, I’m cutting myself off…from full-blown computers anyway  😉

So this year, I’ve planned a few recap posts of our Yosemite 2010 trip while we’re out making new memories. I hope you enjoy!


Day 1 – June 5, 2010

Our first In-N-Out Burger experience. It’s no Culver’s, but it was still pretty darn tasty. (And it’s on the itinerary for today’s travels, too!)
First In-N-Out Burger Experience

The drive to the park was beautiful!
We're Getting Closer...

Beautiful, but intense!
Curvy Road? That's an Understatement!

There's More Road...You Just Can't See It

Finally, we arrived at our destination.
We've Arrived!

I teared up at our first view of the Valley. It was an indescribable moment.
First View!

We've Arrived!

Upon entering the Valley, our first stop was Bridalveil Fall.
Bridalveil Fall

Bridalveil Fall

Tunnel View
Tunnel View

We stayed in one of Curry Village’s tent cabins. They were actually quite comfortable, and I’d definitely recommend staying there.
Home for the Week

When Day 1 ends with this, you know it’s going to be a good trip.
First Evening View of Half Dome


Day 2 – June 6, 2010 (Our second anniversary)

We saw A LOT of deer over the next few days.

Up first: The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The Grizzly Giant is one of the most famous trees in the grove.
Ahead: The Grizzly Giant

The roots of the Fallen Monarch.
Fallen Monarch

My 6’6″ husband didn’t look so tall around here.
Tiny Jason

Next on the itinerary: A drive up to Glacier Point.
Hello Half Dome!

The views were incredible!
On Top of the World

Nevada & Vernal Falls

Yosemite Falls

Half Dome

Since we were celebrating out second anniversary, we went out for a nice dinner at the Mountain Room Restaurant in the Yosemite Lodge. I enjoyed the Chicken Piccata (so good!), while Jason had one of their steaks.

Dinner was followed by a showing of “This Is America,” a mini-documentary from Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea PBS film. It was presented by Shelton Johnson who was part of the PBS series. I was actually a little star-struck meeting him, and only have a blurry photo to show for it  🙁

This Is America

It really didn’t take us long to fall in love with Yosemite…


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