“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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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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