A late night departure turned out to be a great decision for our time in Yosemite. We left Cool, CA. at 11pm on Friday June 6, and arrived at Yosemite National Park just after 3am. Personally I advise such an arrival time for everyone entering the valley. The mountain silhouettes, just barely visible against the backdrop of the night sky, rising hundreds of feet above, strike up a mystery that will leave an impression for a lifetime. We all marveled at the sheer height of the blackened figures and enjoyed the silence in the Camp 4 parking lot as we waited to get in line for a campsite.
At 5:30am we made our way over to the Camp 4 entrance and took our place in line. We joined the other hopeful travelers all eagerly awaiting the arrival of the park ranger to tell us whether or not any campsites were available for us. After receiving the good news that we indeed did guarantee ourselves a campsite by showing up so early, we set up camp and promptly headed out to our first hike.
Yosemite is assuredly a place that all four of us will be back to in the future so we did not spend an abundance of time there. But we were able to stop at Tuolumne Meadows on the way out and I definitely was most jazzed about that scenery. Below are a few photos of the four of us experiencing the beauty of the Lord’s artistry together!
The beginning of the Mist Trail. Upper Yosemite Falls in the background!
The climb to the top wasn’t an easy one but so worth it! And I am so pumped to be doing this trip with three friends from my childhood. It is especially cool to be with the one on my left here, Cameron and I have been friends for as long as I can remember and I love this guy!
This is a shot that I took from only slightly beyond the fence at the top of Nevada Falls of the three compadres standing on the bridge.
All along the way we have been meeting some of the most friendly travelers! I guess people that aren’t working and preoccupying themselves by seeing the glory of nature are generally just in great moods. I know we are! But this particular picture was taken by a retired couple with the names Alen and Karen. They talked to us for awhile and we had some great laughs and smiles shared. Karen and Allen if you see this we appreciate the way you showed love and hope you continue to make unforgettable memories on your five month road trip!