Monday, July 10, 2006

Day 12 - South Lake Tahoe

Took a little hike this morning to the top of Yosemite Falls (just about 3000' gain in 3.2 miles - but you have to walk a mile to get to the trailhead, so it's actually 4.2 or so). I started before 7:00 and thus was in the shade most of the way, and I still sweated profusely from the heat.

Here's the view halfway up (or so). This waterfall drops more than 1000'.

YosemiteFalls

And the view from the top:
YosemiteFallsTop
What was that you said about playing around the tops of waterfalls, Mom? Trust me, I didn't go down to the dangerous portion.


I've now driven north to Tahoe, obviously from the title of the post. I was three nights in the Yosemite area. It had been five days since I filled my gas tank. Back on the southbound portion, I was filling my tank maybe twice a day. Felt good to drive again. I took a sideroad (highway 89, if you're keeping score) instead of US 395, because it is curvier.

Here's the stateline between California and Nevada:
Stateline
Note the casino.

And now we delve into the distant past to show some photos. Two or three days ago, as I arrived in the Yosemite area, I stopped by Mono Lake, which has some odd salt-and-springs-created rock features.
MonoLake

Remember how I climbed Clouds Rest for the best view in the park? Here's one-tenth of that view:
YosemiteValley

Yesterday, down in the valley, here's a view looking up at the same falls as above:
YosemiteMerced

I've hiked 40 miles in the past five days, most of that with a full pack. I was planning on doing another overnight backpacking trip tomorrow, but I just might pass. Am I lazy or just ready to move on?

4 comments:

Neith said...

The first two of the falls are the best . . . that one looking down gives me vertigo just looking at it!! I think you have earned a wee bit of rest . . . it is allowed once in awhile! :-)

Pedicularis said...

Nope, you've got to keep hiking. Do it for me! I am sooo jealous. :)

Great photos!

Geographicallychallenged said...

Choices, choices, and more choices. Backpack or ???

Harrahs couldn't be built any closer to the state line! Was there another casino across the street from it?

From below I think those mountains are pretty; from above...ugly.

How hot has it been?

TigerHawk said...

We went to Yosemite in June 2005. It is so beautiful, even klutz like me took some good pictures. Unbelievable spot.