Yosemite Valley & Hetch Hetchy, March 25 - 27, 2005
I don't really want to write much about this trip so instead will
just list the highlights.
1) Cocina Michocana - This delightful Mexican restaurant is located
in the last shopping center on the right heading out of Escalon towards
Yosemite. Emily and I still rave to anyone that will listen about
their great tortilla chips (thick but perfectly crispy).
2) Camping in the Snow - We stayed at Camp 4 (called Sunnyside on
some older maps), the walk-in only, no-reservation campsite at the west
end of the valley which I selected because I can't stand sleeping in a
tent next to people in a motor homes. We pitched our tent on 4
inches of snow and slept for two nights under the clear skies without
3) Jean Paul - On Saturday morning I spied my old friend from UCSC
and Emily and I spent the morning watching him and his friend rock climb
east of El Capitan on a formation they call the "Manure Pile".
4) Closed Road - Past Camp 4 the road leading out of the valley was
closed. It was especially nice to be able to walk on the road
towards the climbing destinations with no one around.
5) Hetch Hetchy - We left the valley very early Sunday morning and
decided to go to Hetch Hetchy since Emily had never been there. We
were the first people to arrive at the day use parking lot and walked
all the way to Wapama Falls in the warm sun without seeing a soul.
6) Cocina Michocana - Well, it was so good on the way in that we
stopped on the way out.
7) No Camera - I intentionally left my camera at home since sometimes
the urge to take pictures can detract from what is supposed to be a
relaxing weekend. The following photos were taken by Briana or
pinched from the web.
8) Cheap - The entire trip cost less than $100, including food, gas,
and the park entrance fee.
||Saturday morning en-route to the Manure Pile are Jean Paul,
Emily, and Casey. JP and I took physics and math classes
together at UCSC in 1992 and 1993 but had only bumped into each
other once since then (at Bookshop Santa Cruz, I think, about 5
Photo courtesy of Briana.
||El Capitan, elevation 7,569 feet, loomed large as we headed
towards the Manure Pile. The North American Wall, clearly
visible as darker rock, can be seen here.
Photo courtesy of Briana.
||Here at the Manure Pile JP (barely visible at the top of
the photo) has climbed After 7 while Briana is halfway
up. At the bottom I am doing my best to add a little
Photo courtesy of Emily.
||After JP and Briana finished with After 7 I had the
opportunity to climb part of After 6. This shot was taken
after I had climbed to JP and was belaying down.
|A classic shot taken from on top of the Hetch Hetchy
Dam. Our destination, Wapama Falls is visible to the left
while Koala Rock, towering 2,000 feet above the water looms
large on the right.
|One of the many bridges that cross Wapama Falls.
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