Sharing the Trail

July 18, 2014
Bridalveil Creek Trail
Total distance:  6.6 miles

It is common to share a trail with hikers, especially on some of the more popular trails in Yosemite National Park, but I saw few people on this hike.  Maybe because there was no destination to the route I chose, no lake or river to sit next to, no sweeping views to admire along the way.  There was evidence, however, that I unquestionably shared the trail.

My path would follow the Ostrander Lake trail for a short distance.
My route would follow the trail to Ostrander Lake for a short distance then head in the opposite direction.

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Counting Crows and Other Interesting Things

July 10, 2014
Harden Lake
Total distance: 6.43 miles

The walk to Harden Lake in Yosemite National Park began at White Wolf Lodge.  Rangers in crisp uniforms were just arriving on shift.  People milled about.  Children stood in line to make purchases from the tiny closet-sized store.  A man sat on his porch observing the  goings-on around him.  I left the activity and passed through a gate at the end of the paved road.

Although the fire was in July, 2002 the sign was correct in mentioning the falling trees.  They were everywhere.
A sign on the gate was a reminder of the 2013 Rim Fire, the third largest fire in California history. Although the route I walked was not affected by that fire, a bit farther west of the lake was.

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June 27, 2014
Westfall Meadows
Total distance: 4.6 miles

When I was a child, exploring didn’t mean hiking on a trail in Yosemite.  It meant walking with eyes wide open through our manicured backyard after Mass on Sundays.  Enraptured by nature, I would finger the leaves of the bushes, cradle the berries, hunt for spider webs, and inspect the grass for bugs.  The memories of that young inquisitive soul were awakened as I walked the trail to Westfall Meadows in Yosemite National Park. Continue reading