Climbing into the forest on Mt. Savage, we were enveloped by its earthy warmth. Andrew and I were following the Wawona High Loop in Yosemite National Park. A few years ago we walked the Wawona Meadow Loop, a shorter route that circles the edge of the meadow along the base of the mountain. The high loop took us higher and deeper into the forest. It challenged us to find an unmarked trail before connecting with Meadow Loop. Continue reading
The morning wore on as I puttered around the house gathering hiking gear. Andrew, my steady hiking partner since returning from studying abroad, lie asleep in bed after driving nearly seven hundred miles. I hemmed and hawed, unsure of whether to hike alone or stay home. My plan was to walk the Pohono Trail to Crocker Point. I have hiked various portions of the thirteen mile trail throughout the years: Dewey Point, Taft Point, the Pohono Loop to Sentinel Dome, and Inspiration Point, but always fell short of reaching Crocker Point. Continue reading
Happy, happy, happy is how I felt after completing the amazing Mist Trail. Hiking in November meant that Andrew and I didn’t get to see the spectacular show of water spewing forth from the featured falls. We also didn’t get wet, the trail wasn’t slippery, and the crowd-factor was minimal. I am highly impressed with our National Park System’s maintenance of this heavily traversed trail, one that thousands of people hike each year.