Day 2 saw Mary and I get up at 7 AM and out the door by 8:00. Mary was ready and suggested we walk to Yosemite Village for breakfast. This turned out to be a long day of walking. On the way to the village, we came across a mother deer and her two young ones. After a few pictures we wandered on, meeting one of the workers who suggested we head over to the east end of the valley to see the bear. This sparked Mary’s interest so we grabbed a quick breakfast at the village cafe (it is more of a 7-11 with seats) and jumped on the shuttle to the Ahwahnee. Once we reached the hotel, Mary got directions to the stables (that’s where the bear was reported) and I wandered around the Ahwahnee. Called Bob and Edie and almost got them to join us for dinner at the Ahwahnee. We then found a trail by the backside of the hotel and began our trek. We found what appeared to be a Crane ( this high up, I just don’t know, but check out the pictures).
Just past the stables we found bear tracks but never saw the bear. We came out from the trail by the Mirror lake trail, which is at the extreme east end of the valley. We jumped on the shuttle and took it to camp Curry. We could not get to the area of the landslide earlier, but we did get to see where it came off the mountain. I convinced Mary to take the hike to the Vernal Falls bridge and although it was steeper than expected, we made it. Took some great shots and then had lunch on a large boulder by the bridge, consisting of smoked Gouda, beef jerkey, garlic stuffed olives, dried mango and dried cherries. A nice meal in a nice spot. By then we had enough energy to walk back down the trail and catch the shuttle back to the lodge. After a little rest, (and working on the blog) we wandered around the meadow near sunset and picked some great pictures. Finished the evening with a light dinner of dips, cheese and fruit at the bar. Of course we did have a desert of apple pie ala mode…..and came back to the hotel for the next day. The weather has been warmer than normal and the valley hazier due to the burns. Pictures not as great but we still have two days and another trip up in the spring. The more I come here, the more I enjoy it. I could spend many, many days here…..Off to day 3