When hiking Yosemite in April, our trail options were pretty limited. Because snows had yet to thaw enough to allow safe passage, we had but a few options. So after a breathtaking hike up Vernal and Nevada Falls, we did what we will typically do and hiked a bunch more that very same day.
Because we are firm believers of the mantra "hike early and hike often," this often leaves us with a good amount of time to get to some other hikes during a day. By front loading our difficult hike it also allows our legs, bodies, and minds an opportunity to say a grateful "thank you." After descending the Mist Trail, we walked along the park road towards the next point of interest along the tram route, stop 17, Mirror Lake. A quick note on trams in Yosemite: because it is a heavily visited park and in order to retain its natural splendor, the park has a series of trams which stop at various points of interest in the main part of the valley. Most of the parking is near Yosemite village. While some of the trail heads are not along the tram route (four mile trail), it makes for a clean and efficient mode of transportation.
Walking along the road allowed us some time to decompress and go at our own pace. Its in these experiences, where you take the road less traveled that you end up meeting some lovely people. We ran into a couple that lived pretty close to Yosemite but had never gazed upon its majesty before. They chatted us up about our past park trips and we talked the whole way to Mirror Lake.
Mirror lake is small, yet used to be an incredibly vast glacial lake which filled the entirety of Yosemite Valley. Nestled between North Dome and Half Dome, it cast the reflections of the surrounding cliffs. Coming up the right side of the lake we passed and followed Tenaya Creek to the junction to the Snow Creek Trail before making our way back to the valley center through the winding network of trails and bike roads available. And let me tell you, go past the lake! There is so much amazing and impressive scenery in the trail beyond the lake.
I have never posted a black and white photo. I’ll let the forms, shapes, and lines tell the story of this one. Reducing the colors can cut back on the complexity and allow the mind to fill in the blanks. 😉 Plus Yosemite in B&W takes my mind back to Ansel Adams’ photos. All sorts of peaks from this view. It was definitely a backpacking trip that I’ll never forget! 🏞
Early morning light on North Dome
🏔Among the most beautiful and powerful places I've ever been. 📷 @itsgabbatron
I’ve been standing on the outside for all of my life
But I like the view, i’m not gonna lie
I like the way this photo makes it look like I’m standing right up against Half Dome, when it’s really waaaay across Tenaya Canyon.
Wishing for an end to the fire and blue skies up in Yosemite.
"I want to see mountains again, Gandalf, mountains, and then find somewhere where I can rest. In peace and quiet, without a lot of relatives prying around, and a string of confounded visitors hanging on the bell. I might find somewhere where I can finish my book. I have thought of a nice ending for it: and he lived happily ever after to the end of his days." #dayoff #yosemite #northdome #halfdome #latergram #adventure #mountains
It's probably all the same in the end... But while we are here, it's so much better to make a friend than a foe, see a rose amid the thorns, learn a lesson from a tragedy. It's the glass half-full/half empty equation. Sometimes, happiness is a trick we play on ourselves, to drop the bull and remember to be happy.
उत्थित हस्त पादान्गुष्ठासन, Utthita Hasta Pādānguṣṭhāsana, extended hand to foot pose. The prana in this space is beyond belief.
#HalfDome #NorthDome #Yosemite #BayAreaYoga #SFYoga #YogaHispana #QueerYoga #AlpenGlow
Epic photo by @wakemeupbeforeyouyoga
, thank you amigo. _/|\_
partner in crime. Last years trip to California
get high and just kick it