A Beary Spooky Yosemite Trip

The weekend before Halloween I gathered a group of friends and forced them to join me for a spooky pre-halloween gathering. Costumes Required. 

It went remarkably well. 

The next day we drove up to Sentinel Dome to hike, and made a pit stop at Tunnel View along the way. After an expertly cooked breakfast of course. 

The hike to the summit of Sentinel Dome is one of my favorites in Yosemite. It's rarely overcrowded, and it's short and easy. Anyone can do it. The views though, are what makes the hike truly spectacular. El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, Mt Star King, Clouds Rest, Nevada and Vernal Falls are all visible from the summit. 

 A very dry Yosemite Falls. I'm thrilled to hear that it is flowing again, and the snows have been falling. 

Too soon it was time to go home, and I fear this was our last Trip to Yosemite before we leave for the Appalachian Trail. My heart breaks, wishing to be back in the valley, and above on the Granite Peaks and domes. But these memories will warm me when the missing grows too large to bear.