Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Yosemite Trip Day 1 and our drive day

The first day of our trip to Yosemite involved us all loading into Tad's truck and starting our drive to Yosemite.  It was cloudy and stormy looking and we had to cover all our stuff.  We drove a ways and found an IN and OUT for lunch.  Later we hit traffic, stopped to go potty, stopped to get treats,  stopped to buy extra ponchos, stopped to check our stuff since it was raining, stopped..... it was not the quickest drive in but we had a great time!

After all our stops we got to the backpackers campground in the middle of the night.  We quietly put up our tents and tried to sleep in the very hot and muggy conditions that existed in Yosemite Valley.  

The next morning it was once again cloudy and we hurried to catch the only bus to Tuolumne Meadows.  We made it with plenty of time and settled in for our two hour bus ride.  The temperatures cooled down and it became slightly cold as we got to the campsite. 

 We had to endure a long and drawn out explanation about how we should backpack in the back country.  It was seriously 30 minutes or more.  After another lunch we were able to catch another bus to our trailhead and start our hike.  The entire hike that day was my favorite.  It was cloudy and cool and it threatened rain the entire time.  Finally we had a downpour!  We hiked into our lake called Cathedral Lake in the rain.  We set up our tents when it stopped raining.

Later we put our suits on and went for a swim which was surprisingly warm despite the cool temperatures.  Cameron then went on a hike with Josh to the top of a peak.   He enjoyed some great views!  The only problem with the evening was that we did not understand how to use our water filter and ended up not doing it right... i.e.... we really drake water straight from the lake.