We woke up early on Sunday morning to head to the park to make sure we got a parking spot.
Hannah wanted to see waterfalls, so I planned for us to go on the Mist Trail. I had hoped to park near Camp Curry, but they would only let us park near the valley lodge. Instead of riding the shuttle, we decided to walk the couple of miles over to the trail head so we could get MAXIMUM views. As we were walking, I realized that I have spent very little time just walking the valley and I saw things from new angles which was thrilling.
I swore off Yosemite in the summer after our 2013 trip which was a miserable madhouse, but the summer colors were unbelievable. I am so glad we went and it did not feel nearly as crowded as I expected. We started our hike up to Vernal Fall just before noon and it was quite toasty already. Thankfully, the crowds thinned out at the bottom of the stairs and the mist was quite welcome.
We were not initially planning to hike all the way to the top, but Hannah wanted to keep going, so we did. We sat on the rocks up top and enjoyed some snacks and watched idiots swimming. They were SO CLOSE to the fall, and they were just playing in the water as if they were in a swimming pool. I do not understand people. It eventually was causing us so much stress that we had to leave. I cannot handle seeing a child go over a waterfall. I simple CANNOT.
I told Hannah and Sari that if we walked a bit farther, then we could see Nevada Fall, so we made our way over there.
Hannah was thrilled by the waterfall and decided we were going to the top. It was super hot and we were low on water (we had not planned to hike that far), but we slogged on up there. I was so thankful I had taken my sunscreen and hat just in case because I would have been a deep fried tomato. This picture makes me sweaty just looking at it.
When we made it to the top, we soaked our feet in the freezing river (45 degrees!!) and enjoyed the view. We had not packed a lunch, but subsisted on Fruit Loops, Ritz sandwich crackers, and the fruit strips that we had randomly thrown into our backpacks.
We took the John Muir trail back so we did not have to go down the crowded and slippery Mist Trail, and there was hardly anyone on it.
After the hike, we went to Camp Curry to get some Gatorade and candy (we are a VERY healthy family), and took great joy in seeing this sign again. So glad the names are back!!
We shuttled back to our car and enjoyed a last walk through the meadow before heading back to Sacramento that night. By the time we got to the car we had walked more than 13 miles which was quite a surprise. We did the dang thing! We had an amazing weekend and I am so bummed we did not have more time. I guess Hannah will just have to come back out for more adventures! I am so happy that my youngest cousins are now adults and we can do fun things together.