Yosemite Adventure Day 4, part 1:
we awoke (although I didn't get much sleep) to low 30 degree temps, with heavy condensation, therefore frost all over our tents and gear left outside. We ate yummy eggs and hash browns and coffee, of course, then packed up our wet gear with frozen fingers and headed out at 9 am. Our trail continued through incredibly beautiful forest ... have I mentioned the trees? Oh my gosh, the trees are amazing! ... with a fairly gradual incline on the Cloud's Rest Trail. Until we got there. Then it was pretty steep again to the top. I had no idea the trail goes up and over the top of Cloud's Rest. So that's what we did. With our packs. 😳 Not necessarily stronger physically, but stronger mentally today, I climbed up that baby, slow and steady, to 9926'. 10:45 am. Enjoyed the views, sadly lots of smoke from the fires, but the Yosemite Valley is beyond magnificent. 🙌 and that was evident through the smoky skies.
Photos taken, time to move on! 👉 So down, down, down we went through another (or the same, but it felt like a new one since being on top of a giant granite mass) incredibly beautiful forest where Tracey couldn't help but stop and gaze at the beauty and size of the trees. Have I mentioned the trees? 🤔🌲It was in this section where we saw a mama bear and her cub. 🐻 I didn't see the baby, but my fellow hikers did. So exciting. 👏 We continued down the Cloud's Rest Trail until we joined the John Muir Trail (JMT), found another amazingly perfect camping spot for all of us (Graham, our leader was quite skilled at finding our camping spots!), with a creek flowing nearby, and set up camp. 1:00-ish pm 🏕 .
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better" -Albert Einstein 📷:@brightnpeachey
It's been a few days of being on the road and we've successfully made it to South Dakota where we plan on taking our time and putting in less miles each day.
Ontario, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota your highways were smooth. Thanks for that.
Scariest and most badass thing I have ever done in my life!
Yosemite Adventure Day 4, Part 2: After lunch, we set out for the Half Dome Trail with our day packs. 2:45pm Whew! So light! 😁
The Half Dome Trail is beautiful by itself. Have I mentioned the trees? 🌲We passed a lot of people coming down, most with giant grins on their faces, saying "it is so worth it" and "have fun!" 😂
Then we arrived at the foot of Subdome. Okay, I don't recall hearing or reading that even just climbing up Subdome is a killer feat! 😳 So steep and primarily steps cut into this giant granite rock. We had left our trekking poles at camp so this was all legs and honestly, I crushed it. (Only time I can say that on this trip! 😉) As we got closer to the top of Subdome (bottom of cables), the comments became more serious and tip-giving. "Don't look down", "use your legs, because your arms will tire quickly", and "we left our packs and poles at the bottom". So half of us took the latter advice. We put on our gloves and up we went. "Fuck, fuck, fuck!" "This was a terrible mistake." "Why did I think I could or should do this?" I focused on breathing and each step and grip on the cables. My mouth was so dry. "One step at a time" and I never did look down. And then I was up on top. 4:40 pm I couldn't believe it. And then all I could think about was how terrified I was of going down. Terrified. We took our photos, my mind in a fog of fear. Then, we had to go. Did NOT want to be on those cables or even subdome when it started to get dark. So we descended. I was so relieved when I got to the bottom, I donated my gloves to the pile and ran (and I don't run!), after screaming in relief and triumph, of course. 💃🏻We cheered on the rest of our group, as well as the few others coming down and headed back to camp. According to photo time stamps: 30 minutes up the cables, 25 minutes down.
Not the most physically difficult thing I have done, but mentally kicked my ass, and scariest thing I have ever done. In. My. Life. And now I can check that one off my list. ✅👏💪😁