When things don’t go as planned, enjoy the day!
We visited Yosemite National Park hoping to score a permit to hike Half Dome — one of the coolest hikes in Yosemite. We had allocated an entire day for it.
…Except we did not score a permit.
I wasn’t exactly sad, because, who wants to hike 10-14 hours under a California summer sun anyway? Next time, maybe! I was happy to have another day to explore the park :)
We almost skipped driving to Glacier Point altogether. Had we not found a campsite near Taft Point — where we caught the most stunning sunset ever — we may have missed one of Yosemite’s most precious gems…
Peepin’ through the binocular gave us a good look at the hikers on Half Dome. I admired their stamina!
After taking in the views, we headed back down to Yosemite Valley because we remembered there were shower facilities available.
That’s right…we hadn’t showered since our motel stay in Lake Tahoe (2.5 days ago. YOLO?! :) The feeling of cleanliness was priceless!!
YOSEMITE VALLEY – MEADOWS
I was so excited to play in the meadows!
Another sunny day in the valley.
The meadows were nothing like our lush, green meadows of the Pacific Northwest, but their views were pretty amazing.
Make a wish.
We were in the area, so we headed to Yosemite Falls.
TIOGA PASS – EAST YOSEMITE
We drove back through Tioga Pass with a mission to get to Death Valley that night.
This side of Yosemite is often forgotten, but it is equally impressive.
And Yosemite’s domes kept pulling my hair. Half Dome did not happen for us, but I really wanted to just touch one…any dome!
…So we did just that. We pulled over to enjoy this last location.
Looks are deceiving. This dome was actually quite big.
If you zoom in, you can see rock climbers toward the middle of the dome.
How cool is this?! A huge stone in the middle of nowhere. Our very own mini Half Dome :)
I touched a dome…This cold, cement-like texture made me happy :)
…and I hope YOU will, too. Thank you for stopping by! :)
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