Would you believe we were the only people in the Bay Area to have the great idea to drive to Yosemite National Park over the three-day Independence Day week-end? BWAH HA HA. The traffic passed from bad to worse to kind of amazing. We skipped the valley, opting instead for the north area of the park. We completed a hike to our highest elevation yet – 9926 at the top of Cloud’s Rest.
Starting point: Tenaya Lake
On the way up
Half Dome from above
Many hours later, back at the Blackberry Inn Bed & Breakfast…
A little door!
It was a dark damp day, rain dripping through the redwood canopy, the top of towering Castle Rock disappearing into the fog.
Okay, so technically I climbed into a boulder near Castle Rock.
The Saratoga Gap Trail in Castle Rock State Park is my new favorite hike. (Of course I am partial to anything with my name in it.) I look forward to returning when it’s a bit warmer.
Remember, when frolicking in the wilderness, be careful where you lunch.
Just found this pic from California in 2003.