Evan and I had a generally lovely weekend at Yosemite. We stayed at the Wawona, which is a beautiful piece of national park history. It is a great place to sit with a book and enjoy the surrounding nature.
On Saturday, we visited Mariposa grove, which is an area of the park full of old sequoias. Feeling all physically fit from our running regime, we decided to complete the trek to the top of the grove to fallen tunnel tree (a tree that people used to be able to drive their cars through), rather than take the tram that most people use. We made it to the top, saw fallen tunnel tree, and hiked back. I wish I would have realized at the time that there is a FLAT loop trail at the top, where you can check out other cool sequoias, like telescope tree. The downward journey turned out to be more miserable that the upward one (I think there is an elevation change of 1,000 feet from the parking lot to the top loop, and you start out at 6,000 feet above sea level), as it was super hot and we had left our bottled water in the car. I am very thankful for my running regime, as I don’t think I could have completed the hike without it.
Sunday we spent driving around and getting a feel for the rest of the park. The first place we visited was glacier point, where we had a spectacular view of the valley and an even more spectacular view of the morning hang gliders taking off for the valley floor.
We planned to do a hike to check out this area near glacier point where there are fissures that open up all the way down to the valley floor. Too sore from our hike the day before, we headed to Mono Lake, on the east side of the park. The drive there was beautiful, but Evan started to feel horribly sick after we had made it over the pass, so this is all we saw of the lake. I think it was a mixture of dehydration from the day before and altitude sickness from going over the pass, although by the end of the drive home, his eyes were super swollen, so maybe allergic reaction to something?
Despite Evan ending the weekend a bit worse for wear (his boss on Monday suggested a seeing eye dog), it was a lovely weekend doing so many of my favorite things…reading, knitting, driving around, singing along way too loud (and out of tune) to the car radio, enjoying the sights and smells of nature, and, best of all, spending relaxing time with my husband. One of my favorite activities of the weekend was our imagined conversations between the occupants of the cars that were going at least twenty miles under the speed limit at all times. “Father, don’t you think we are going a bit fast?”
“Yes, Mother, I’ll slow it down.”