When I first moved to this area I would head up to Yosemite
whenever I got a chance. These days I'm generally just passing through. It
gets so busy in the valley during the summer I don't like going down there.
I need to get back up there to take some pictures one of these early spring
mornings. I do have a few shots from the last two drive thrus.
You can sit in El Cap Meadow and watch the climbers head up El
I really don't care for heights. I don't mind dropping down the face of a
large ocean wave or over a waterfall on a river but the thought of falling
on rock bothers me. A couple of the guys I used to kayak with who are climbers
(they teach climbing in Yosemite) offered to take me up this rock several
times. I think they were kidding or just didn't realize that they would be
risking their lives being tied to me.
If you ever want to see if heights bother you then hike to the top of Yosemite
Falls. My kayaking buddies boat Yosemite Creek and I always wanted to do it
but something always came up and the window to do it is narrow. The take out
is a bit above the falls and you sure don't want to miss that eddy. Another
great test is to hike up the Vernal Falls/Nevada Falls trail and then continue
on up the Half Dome Trail.
I'm generally headed to the other side of the Sierras via Tioga Pass. The
shot of Half Dome was taken from there and this one of Tenaya
Lake was taken
from the same turnout.