"Keep close to nature's heart... and break clear away once in awhile and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean."
~ John Muir
Oh, that John Muir was a wise man! My nephew was the recipient of many such quotes as we hiked along the trail...
Here's the view from our first camp in Lyell Canyon, along the Tuolumne river~ looking towards Donahue Pass. Just gorgeous isn't it?
Crossing one of the many wonderful creeks along the trail.
Climbing higher, the trail intersected Ireland Creek which was thundering down the mountain. Having come from New Mexico where we are in a significant drought, I was totally in awe of the amount of refreshingly beautiful, life sustaining, powerful, clear water flowing from seemingly everywhere!
I chose this spot for a lunch break (push the play button for a quick 5 sec video.) It was awesome place to hang out a bit before continuing on up the trail!
A lovely flat meadow gives us a bit of respite in our upward climb before heading into snow country!
As we climbed higher, amazing views opened up around us. It is estimated that the High Sierra received somewhere between 178 & 200 % of normal snowfall this year (depending on which website you look at.)
That, combined with a cool spring means we were treated to snow in July... and quite a fair amount of it as we reached higher elevations!
I was fascinated by the Sun Cups in the snow & the interesting patterns they made. (Click twice on any image for detail & to bring a bit of the High Sierra to your home!)
|My Nephew negotiating the Suncups on the "trail."|
They were quite fun to hike across, though in some places the snow fields were long enough to obscure the trail completely & it was necessary to employ our stellar route finding skills to find the trail once again!
In some places snow melt took the path of least resistance, flowing down the trail itself.
|Little Snow Bridge over unnamed creek.|
You've got to pay attention when traveling over snow as it's melting, as in some place you can punch through to unstable footing below.
Our camp at Evelyn Lake~ click to enlarge to see the little yellow tent in a sea of snow and granite, trees and sky.
Walking around camp at sunset,
taking in the shadows & patterns made by shifting light on sun cups in the snow.
The last rays of sunlight, kissing mountain peaks goodnight.