Roses, Buds, and Thorns

August 15 – 17, 2014
Lyell Canyon Backpacking Trip
Total distance: 14.6 miles
*Photo courtesy of Anthony

The car brakes squealed as we came to a stop at the River Restaurant in the small village of El Portal just outside of Yosemite National Park.  Jasmine, Anthony, Julia, Chris and I feasted on a scrumptious buffet breakfast before the hike.

My nephew, Anthony, an Architectural Designer for an Orange County firm.
My nephew, Anthony. An Architectural Designer for an Orange County firm.

A newbie to backpacking and camping, Jasmine asked how she was supposed to get her self-inflating Therm-a-rest pad inside her sleeping bag.  (The sleeping bag goes on top of the pad.)  From then on I knew it was going to be a fun trip.

My niece, Jasmine.  Currently a YWCA Case Manager and a Travel Specialist, and is considering joining the Peace Corps.
My niece, Jasmine. Currently a YWCA Case Manager and a Travel Specialist. She is considering joining the Peace Corps.*

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“What else is there to do in life but Hike?”

July 24, 2014
Upper Cathedral Lake
Total distance: 7 miles

Years ago I was asked where my favorite place was in Yosemite National Park.  Cathedral Lakes was my answer.  Today’s hike was affirmation of that response.

The posted notice stated that the lightening caused fire near the trail was contained.
The posted notice stated that the lightning caused fire near the trail was contained.

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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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