Fall in Yosemite

Yosemite is crowded. Yosemite is busy. Yosemite is impossible to navigate, impossible to get reservations. But not in the offseason. And in the offseason, Yosemite is still breathtaking. I hadn't ever seen Yosemite in the fall, and when I invited Bear to come along, he couldn't resist. Late Friday night we took to the road, and found ourselves in Curry Village

Drove in Friday after work. 

It is surprisingly easy to get reservations for Curry Village in the offseason. The park felt empty, compared to the overcrowded summer months. I woke up early on Saturday. I wanted to look at the park before the rain started falling. 

 Early morning, before the rain. 

Early morning, before the rain. 

It started raining early. We sought shelter and rocking chairs to eat breakfast. 

And set off exploring in the rain. 

 Bear and I enjoyed Happy Isles in the rain. 

Bear and I enjoyed Happy Isles in the rain. 

Happy Isles, and Yosemite Falls. 

 Bear admires the falls

Bear admires the falls

 The falls started flowing. 

The falls started flowing. 

 Yosemite Falls had no water on Saturday morning, but with the rain comes the flow. 

Yosemite Falls had no water on Saturday morning, but with the rain comes the flow. 

It got dark early. Since it was cloudy, we turned in, and got cozy. 

 Reading is an essential and joyful part of travel, Bear is reading the Electric Kool-Aide Acid Test by Tom Wolfe. 

Reading is an essential and joyful part of travel, Bear is reading the Electric Kool-Aide Acid Test by Tom Wolfe. 

 bed time

bed time

The next morning we hiked to the top of Vernal Falls. The rain had stopped falling. We packed a picnic, and a few beers for the top. 

 The ravens, the stairs on the Mist Trail make you wish you could fly. 

The ravens, the stairs on the Mist Trail make you wish you could fly. 

 Lunch Time

Lunch Time

 The falls are running low. The Mist Trail is not so misty right now. 

The falls are running low. The Mist Trail is not so misty right now. 

We had to drive home.  

 I final stop to admire the granite cliffs. 

I final stop to admire the granite cliffs. 

 I have to shout out to my trusty road stead, Salina. This babe is the best. 

I have to shout out to my trusty road stead, Salina. This babe is the best. 

Leaving is always the hardest part. At least I have some more fuel for daydreams.