07 August, 2008

High Sierra Adventure... checkin' in halfway

This is our first internerd usage on this trip at an awesome coffee shop in the high Sierra town of Mammoth Lakes. So far Dylan and I had a great trip in Yosemite- near perfect weather- where we hiked about 32 miles (about 25 or so with our packs). We made it from Tuolumne Meadows to Yosemite Valley and summited Half Dome along the way. Pretty spectacular really. We woke up at 5:15am to try to be the first on top of the Dome... though a small group beat us to the top and we saw them coming down after they caught the sunrise. It was great though b/c after we climbed the scary-as-hell cables to the top we were alone on top for a good 15 minutes. A rarity on a block of granite that is visited by 100's of people every day in the summer.

We've been resting in town for the past couple of days and tomorrow we catch a bus to Independence where we'll hitch up to Onion Valley to start a 50 mile journey that will take us to the top of the lower 48- Mt. Whitney. The weather is turning for the better with the chance of thunderstorms diminishing greatly for the next week or so, which is good since we'll mostly be above tree line for that whole time. Lightning is definitely something to be avoided in the Sierra High country.

It's truly gorgeous here and I can't wait to be able to share pictures and memories with you all. I think Dylan is really having a great time as well.

Vaya con dios,

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