Our daughter, Angela, and her husband Derrek have been visiting us from Tennessee. They really enjoyed the ruggedness and majesty of Yosemite, and you could see them filling up their eyes with the vision, much like a thirsty person drinks water.
The first part of the hike went up the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls. The trail got its name for a reason. By the time you get to the top of the steps, you’re soaking wet because of the spray that is in the air.
The next part of the trip goes up a grueling set of steps that make your legs feel like rubber. You keep looking up at the destination wondering how many more switchbacks you’ll have to negotiate.
The view at the top of Nevada Falls is breathtaking. It feels like you are standing on top of the world. The valley floor is so far away, you wonder how you got there
We were happy to learn that there was an easier way down. The John Muir Trail is more gradual. You don’ have any steps to climb. You can hear your legs and feet shouting “thank you.”
Derrek kept saying that he’d like to live in California. There is truly no place like Yosemite.