Yosemite National Park

Hiking and Climbing

First let me say that I have strict health rules. First and foremost, your heart only has so many beats alotted to it and they have to last your whole life. Don't abuse it.

 

Darrell watches as daughter Chantel "wimps" out on her mother Anita.

There are a lot of strenuous hikes around Yosemite. I go for the easy ones. Little or no altitude gain and short. We have hiked around Mirror Lake - supposed to be two miles round-trip, but if you miss the turn-around like we did it's considerably longer.

Of course there are the quarter-mile hikes like the Lower Yosemite Falls loop and the Bridal Veil Falls trail. Skip the shuttle and walk from the Curry Village parking lot to Happy Isles. Or walk from the Visitor Center and Museum to the Lower Yosemite Falls loop.

 

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Here's Robbie, Michael, Ryan and Chantel waiting for the shuttle at Happy Isles.

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These trees were blown down by the 100+ MPH wind generated when a slab of granite broke loose and fell near Happy Isles in July, 1996.

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Another view of Half-Dome. Ray, RoseMary, Matt, Michael and Ryan were unlucky enough to get trapped by the camera.

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The "boys" Ray, Ryan and Matt try to conquer one of the smaller pieces of granite along the trail

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Anything you can do I can do better. Charlyn and Chantel "one-up" the guys.

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Stair-case falls near Curry Village. Anita's looking at it.

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I believe the small waterfall is Royal Arch Cascade. Of course Half-dome is in the background. This is along the Lower Yosemite Falls loop trail.

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