Thursday, April 21, 2011

Yosemite National Park - April 2nd & 3rd, 2011

Rainy Afternoon in Yosemite National Park
Santa Clara, CA - Ok, I'm totally caving on my resolve to attack my oldest photos first. I'm way, way too far behind and I can't see a way to catch up. So, I'm going to use Arturo's method and work from the most recent backwards. It's just much, much easier to remember things and actually make the slide shows somewhat interesting. I'll finish up last summer and fall eventually. There are a lot of good memories in those photos. I certainly don't want to chuck them into a shoe box and forget about them.

Anyway, this is going to be a fairly quick post from a trip we took the weekend before last to Yosemite National Park. Eng-Shien, Bill, Henry, and Arturo reserved a tent cabin in Curry Village for the weekend and had been planning to do a bit of climbing.

Blowing Snow in Yosemite West
After a long period of half committal, Suwei and I finally decided to go for it and joined in at the last minute. The only problem being that last minute lodging was hard to come by and a bit pricey. We ended up working a out a deal with friend to use his family's place up in Yosemite West. We just needed to do a bit of snow removal and checking on the house. It had just snowed about 4 feet in the valley the week before and he was anxious to know how the place had fared.

Happy Birthday Eng-Shien
The previous week's storm and continuing unsettled conditions changed the focus of the trip from climbing to cross country skiing for the Curry Camp crew.  Suwei and I changed our focus from snow shoeing to just plain hiking when we saw that the warm weather and rain had greatly reduced the amount of snow in the valley.

That said, the valley was just spectacular.  The amount of water flowing everywhere was amazing.  I don't think I have ever seen that many waterfalls in Yosemite.

Saturday we spent the afternoon up at Yosemite West and the evening down at Curry Camp for Eng-Shien's Birthday Dinner. Sunday we all took a short hike out to Mirror Lake. Suwei and I are still testing out how long Keira can stand being toted around in her carrier. This trip she lasted just about 4 hours. However, we had a little bit of a melt down when we caught the shuttle bus back to the lodge. Keira really seemed bothered by how fast the trees and everything outside of the bus were moving. We realized then, that she had never been in a vehicle and not been strapped into her car seat. She didn't like it one bit. Either that or she didn't like the driver's "bear" jokes. Jokes so bad, they were on par with Arturo's arsenal.

In summary...a nice weekend, wish it was longer.  Here are some photos:

Hiking out to Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park, CA

Mirror Lake and Half Dome
Yosemite Falls at Full Flow
Here is the link to the slide show. Thanks to Eng-Shien and Arturo for sharing photos.

Yosemite National Park

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