Pam and I go to The Valley and Sequoia

Pam and I took a long weekend and headed to Yosemite to hike Half Dome and hit Sequoia on the way back.

The trail to Half Dome and back is 16.4 miles, plus the added 1 or 2 miles to the car.

We hiked The Mist Trail up to Vernal Falls.

I'm rarely in Yosemite this early in the year. The waterfalls are amazing. Below is Vernal Falls.

Here is a pick of Pam and I at the tope of Vernal Falls with Glacier Point in the background.

 

Next stop: Nevada Falls. There was so much water I could hardly hear Pam even when she was only a few feet away from me. I love this part of the trail, mostly because the water keeps the area fairly cool. Once you hit Little Yosemite Valley it gets hot and dry.

Here is a picture past Little Yosemite with the back of Half Dome in the background.

Here we are on the subdome.

And finally, the cables on Half Dome.

 

We were greated at the top by a family or marmots. I couldn't believe how close they let us get.

Looking over the apron of Half Dome is almost impossible to comprehend. It is nearly 4,000 feet to the vaelly floor below (where the pine trees are at).

Ever wonder what the talk of Half Dome looks like? Here you go. It is worth wondering around. There are all sorts of nooks and crannies.

Coming down the cables is more intimidating than going up them. Here is a nice picture of Pam working her way down the cables.

The next day we headed up to Glacier Point on our way out of the park. The pictures from Glacier Point almost look unreal.

Here we are at Glacier.

This is a nice pic of Washington Column, which I climbed in 2008. Dinner Ledge is the group of trees about 1/2 way up and to the right.

We left Yosemite and headed to Sequoia. I had never been there and didn't know what to expect. We were winging it and ended up at a free camping area. It was a nice rustic campground but there were lots of people with trailers. We hiked up to Buck Rock Lookout. This is a fire lookout that is still manned, which is rare these days. We spoke with the ranger and she said the station gets hit by lightening non stop. It is freaky the first few times, but she said eventually you never get use to it. hahahaha. Lots of stairs to go up and down every time you have to go to the bathroom. The views from the lookout are amazing. A huge panaramic view of the Western Sierra.

I think Wile E. Coyote was in this area not too long ago.

This is a cool place to hang out and drink coffee in the morning. We found this will wandering off in the woods. There weren't a lot of trails so we just explored.

The stairs crack me up, they go all over. Looks like something out of a movie.

This is the view from the lookout.