|Nope, not warm|
Yosemite is a national park located in east central California. At over 760,000 square acres and reaching the western side of the Sierra Nevada mountains, it's a gorgeous place to hike, camp, ski, and watch the local wildlife. We're not big campers but we like to hike. Unfortunately the trails were so icy and slippery that danger lurked beyond even the easiest of the "easy" hikes.
|Yosemite Falls from far away|
|Half Dome - you can climb to the top of that during the summer, but it's closed in the winter|
My husband and I decided to take one of the easy trails that loop around the valley of Yosemite, where all the great picture spots are. About 10 minutes into the trail, we came upon Yosemite Falls (THE waterfall of Yosemite, consisting of upper, middle, and lower waterfalls) and Hubby wanted to stray off the trail to take a better picture. As we walked closer off-trail to the falls, we noticed a small icy stream that prevented us from continuing on.
Hubby: "Now watch this." -points to the ground- "You have to watch your step because the snow looks solid but you might step through it and fall into the water."
Me: -rolls eyes- "YES, I know. I've seen this on Man vs. Wild."
Hubby: "Look, just pay attention, okay? Let me show you." -takes a step and his whole foot falls into the freezing water. He screams and pulls himself out while I laugh hysterically before worrying about whether his foot is going to freeze or not-
|Cold, wet foot. As you can see by the shoes, we were not expecting so much snow.|
|Lower Falls (Upper Falls in the top right corner). Was this worth it?|
We continued on the trail until we found a restroom where he could blow dry his foot and shoe. I took some nice pictures on the way :)
|An even closer shot of Lower Falls|
|Great for emergencies. It looks pretty cool too.|
|Wild deer chilling on the side of the road, ignoring us.|
And that was the end of our wonderful hike. We spent the rest of our vacation in warmer parts of California, being spoiled by all the readily available, easily accessible, and deliciously diverse array of restaurants. I miss vacation already.