20 July 2008

We caught the Tuolemne Meadows shuttle in Curry Village at 8:00 a.m.  It took us to Yosemite Lodge where we transfered to the Glacier Point shuttle which left at 8:30.

The ride up was narrated by the driver.  He told us lots of information peppered with corny jokes.

We arrived at Glacier Point about 9:45. Just before we got there, we encounterd rain.  It had been overcast all morning.

The rain drove most of the passengers into the cafe/gift shop.  After the rain let up, we walked around the lookouts at Glacier Point which give views of Yosemite Valley and Tenaya Canyon.  It was still sprinkling occassionally.

We began our hike on the Panoramic Trail at about 9:50.  The trail descended slightly toward Ililouette Falls.  After we crossed the fall area, we headed upward about 800 feet in elevation to cross toward Nevada Falls.  Along the way, we got good views of the backside of Half Dome.

We spend some time at the top of Nevada Falls, and then descended along the Mist Trail toward Vernal Falls.  The descend was very steep along granite steps and rocks.

When we arrived at Vernal Falls, we looked at the top of the falls from the railing.  Then we descended along the very steep granite steps with a rail.

The trail took us to other views of Vernal Falls and the cascades.  There were several places where the trail crossed the Merced River on bridges.

We arrived at Happy Isles around 4:15 p.m.  We caught a shuttle back to Curry Village.

Teagan got an ice cream when we got back, then we showered.  After our showers, we ate at the Hamburger Shack.

Then we drove around the valley looking for wildlife and photographic opportunities.

Then back to the tent cabin for the evening.

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