Yosemite revisited

posted Aug 4, 2019, 10:32 PM by Paul Wagner   [ updated Aug 4, 2019, 10:33 PM ]
With family in from Europe this week, we organized a quick trip to Yosemite to show them around the place.  It was a memorable two days. 

We began by claiming a campsite in Porcupine Flat, then driving up to Tuolumne Meadows to grab a sandwich and take a hike.  And since we always like to do something a little different, and they had done very little in Yosemite, we were able to find a hike that suited us both:  the trail from the meadows up to Lower Gaylor Lake.  It's a slow, steady climb that leads up to a lovely alpine lake with some fine views---and in this case, enough of a breeze to limit the mosquitoes.  And very few people take this hike--we saw one other group during our entire expedition.  Quite nice.

And then back to camp for dinner and the starry sky at night. 

The next day we headed down into the Valley to let them wander around a bit.  We visited Lower Yosemite Falls, had a late lunch at Happy Isles, hiked over towards Mirror Lake via the side trail (no other hikers there for most of the distance)  and then the shuttle back to our car, where we stopped by El Capitan Meadow so that they could take in the climbers. 

From there we headed back out again, stopping at Tuolumne Grove to hike through the Sequoias there, and then back to our cabin above Sonora.  Alpine hikes and views, Valley waterfalls, and Sequoias.  Not a bad way to spend two days!