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Yosemite National Park v2.0

March 19, 2012

We made our second trek to Yosemite National Park last month…. just a week off of the exact dates we traveled to the park in 2011.  We’ve only visited in the “off season” and knowing that we are trading spring flowers and extra waterfalls for a lack of crowd is going to be a difficult habit to break.  One year we’ll toughen up and experience the valley in all of it’s spring glory.  But until then I’m perfectly content with snow covered trails and peaceful hikes!

We drove up on Friday morning this year which gave us an extra 1/2 day in the park and the perfect amount of time to explore Mariposa Grove.  There had been snowfall earlier in the week but luckily the season had been fairly light so the road to the grove was plowed and open to vehicles.  Mariposa Grove is full of  magnificent Sequoia redwoods.  To say they are huge would be a vast understatement.  I’ve been to Sequoia National Park in the past, so I thought I knew what to expect… but seeing the mammoth trees set in a forest of fresh white powder was enough to make me speechless.  Judging from the size of the parking lot & shuttle stops it’s clear that the grove is a heavily visited place within the park.  On this weekend however it was nearly empty and we enjoyed leaving our lonely footsteps along the snow covered trails.

Unlike last year when we spent much of our time at Hetch Hetchy this year we planned to stay within the beautiful Yosemite valley for a little hiking and exploring.  After a quick glance at the guidebook and maps we selected a “reasonable” hike to a waterfall viewpoint.  Our plan was to hike the paved portion up a steep hill to a bridge and viewpoint before making a U-turn back to the car.  Of course, when we arrived to the bridge I convinced D that we should “just head a little bit farther”.  We made it to split in the trail and once again I made a plea to continue on to the next view point.  By now the trail wasn’t so perfectly paved and was covered in a slippery mixture of ice, slush, mud and snow; it was also still made up of switchbacks heading steeply up the mountain.  Soon we reached fresh powder and the face of cliffs that had just an hour previously seemed miles away. Turns out they were…  we’d just hiked that far!  The view was well worth it and I wouldn’t change a thing about the 6 mile round-trip hike that took us up nearly 1,500 feet in elevation.  Well, perhaps I’d change the fact that I twisted my knee and have been paying the price for nearly three weeks.   Oops.  Somehow I doubt I’ve learned my lesson!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 19, 2012 8:39 pm

    Gorgeous as always!!!! I wish we could travel as much as you two!!! So fun!

    • March 20, 2012 12:04 am

      Thanks Kellee! Travel is quite a nice addiction & I’m so thankful we’ve been able to do so much of it 🙂

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