Yosemite Valley, in clouds
From the Mariposa grove, it was a long drive through foggy, drizzly forests, with only occasional openings in the clouds. We wondered if we'd be able to see any of the dramatic sights during the course of the weekend. The plan was to go up to Glacier Point, but given the weather, it didn't seem like a great idea, so we kept on the road to the valley.
Our first look at it was at the "Tunnel View," just after the big Wawona tunnel. It was breathtaking, and the partial covering of clouds only made it more so.
El Capitan, in clouds (3)
Also from "Tunnel View" (or "Discovery View" on some maps), zoomed in on El Capitan.
Bridal Veil Falls pool
I climbed up the rocks above the end of the little viewpoint trail, to this pool at the bottom of the big drops. Just a little freshet now, but it would've made for a lovely swim on a warm day (and not so close to evening).
Near Bridalveil Falls
On our first day, in the interesting fog and low clouds, looking back toward Stanford Pt.
Jeanette, in our cozy little "tent cabin" in Curry Village. We were snug and warm under our down bags zipped together for a comforter, but ear plugs were a necessity in the tightly packed village of canvas tents.
Also, showing up to check in at 5:30pm Friday night was not the best plan: the line at the "front desk" took most of an hour to get through, and in late September, that's a precious hour of daylight.
Tom von Alten tva_∂t_fortboise_⋅_org