October 23-26. 2020
Just Wow!! A few weeks before going to Yosemite, the girls and I watched the documentary about Alex Honnold, called Free Solo. Alex is the first and only person to date to climb El Capitan in Yosemite with no ropes. He used nothing but his bare hands (with some chalk) and his feet. In case you don’t know, El Cap is a granite monolith that is purely vertifcal 3200 feet. If you have not seen the documentary go watch it, it is simply incredible. After seeing the documentary we were very excited to view El Cap up close and personal and we did. The best view, in my opinion of El Cap, is from Yosemite Valley. We sat in the meadow right across the street from El Cap in pure awe. Watching it on TV and/or photos does no justice for the incredible feat that Alex accomplished. Seeing it in person sealed the skill and bravery (or some would say insanity or death wish) it took to complete that climb. Oh, and I did mention that he climbed it in under 4 hours!! While we sat in the valley in awe, we saw climbers (with ropes) making there way up. After watching them through binoculars for awhile we decided to venture closer and make our way to the base of El Cap, for an up close and personal view. You will see in our pictures, climbers nearer to the base that we could see. I think all 3 of us agree that our day at El Cap was the highlight of Yosemite.
Half Dome is also famous in Yosemite. I really wanted to climb it but they take the cables down in mid Oct and you are not allowed to climb it with the cables down. So I had to settle just looking at it and letting it know I would be back one day to conquer it.
Although October was a beautiful time to visit Yosemite with the changing leaves, cooler temps and less people I would choose a different time next trip. Yosemite is known for its waterfalls but most of these dry up by August. Only Vernal and Nevada Falls has some water year round so we hiked the Mist Trail for these. They call it Mist trail because during the spring and part of summer you actually get wet while hiking the trail from the mist of the full falls. By the time we got here the falls were too small and there was no mist. Part of the trail is 600 steep granite steps which I am personally glad were not wet. It was a beautiful hike and there is a nice lake/pool at the top (you will see it in our pictures). Our taste of Yosemite was fabulous but there is so much more to see and do it. I have put it on my return to list.