It was still raining today so we decided to take the Mist Trail (aptly named as you get very wet) to Vernal Falls (the very one the Search and Rescue guy warned us about last night). We figured we were already wet, the bears would not be out in the rain and with our new found knowledge we knew to stay to the inside of the trail near the falls, lest we fall to our death. Before the hike, we stopped at Yosemite Lodge and Leslie saw some t-shirts that said “I made it to the Vernal Falls bridge”. She wondered aloud how hard that could be. Well… eight-tenths of a mile, straight up (well not really but it is a 400 foot elevation gain), no switchbacks – she found out.
We found out another thing today. The first time we tried the hike to Vernal Falls, we ran into a bear and had to turn around. We thought we were already more than a mile from the campground when we saw the bear. When we took the hike today, we realized that we actually went the wrong way and were on a loop trail back to the campground. So, when we saw the bear, we were really only about 2/10ths of a mile from our camper. We are not too proud to admit that, although it is a little embarrassing.
The first three pictures are some interesting cloud formations that Don stopped to shoot as we drove through Yosemite Valley. The second picture is Half Dome half hidden by a cloud – we thought it was pretty cool. The rest of the pictures are from the hike to Vernal Falls (which is a 317 foot waterfall). It is in the background of the picture with Don and the 4th picture shows it up close (you have to walk an additional half a mile with a 600 foot elevation gain, which is why there is another t-shirt that says “I made it to the top of Vernal Falls”).