Thursday, 31 August 2017
Yosemite National Park
For the first time in weeks, we slept in because we had no place to be at any particular time and we didn’t need to be moving on. It’s probably a good thing we didn’t have AC, because we might have slept until noon! Kim was feeling pretty nervous about the forest fires in the area, and it didn’t help that it was very smoky outside – it was not going to be a great day for photos, that much was certain! As it was, by the time we were ready to head out, we had pretty much missed breakfast, so we wandered over to Yosemite Village and got some lunch at the Yosemite Grill. We had burgers and split an allegedly unbelievably good milkshake – neither were anything to write home about, but they hit the spot.
We had already decided that some pool time was going to be in order later in the afternoon, so we did the short hike back to see the beautiful Yosemite Falls. This was a very easy, very flat trail, but we still got a kick out of some of the hiking attire sported, mostly by women. Heels, flip flops, fancy jewelry, and my favorite, designer backpack/pocketbooks. Seriously? When we arrived at the base of the falls, lots of people (and many, many young children) were playing on the huge rocks, despite constant warnings of falls, swift water, slick rocks, etc. So many people forget to pack their common sense when they go out into nature! We learned that at Yosemite, if a waterfall is one single cataract, it is called a fall, like Bridal Veil Fall, but if it is made up of multiple parts, like Yosemite Falls, it is called falls. Important distinction, evidently!
We walked on back to our room in the Willow building of Yosemite Lodge and got our suits on and headed for the pool, which was right next door. We practically had the whole pool to ourselves, and yes, we not only got in, but we stayed in for a while and swam. And impressed the lifeguards with our stellar floating abilities. Until we heard them discussing body fat and its relationship to good floating…. Once we were fully refreshed and had maybe had a short nap in the sun, we geared up for more afternoon activities, starting with happy hour outside the Mountain Room Lounge. We each had a Peach Mule and shared some popcorn. A little squirrel may have been the recipient of some wayward kernels.
After our libations, we took a photo walk through Cook’s Meadow. The light was great, but it was still too hazy and smoky to get really good rock/waterfall photos. Thankfully, there were plenty of other great photo ops! After our walk, we had a lovely dinner at the Mountain Room. Kim had a smoked salmon flatbread and I had grilled salmon with sweet corn polenta and asparagus. We split a decadently rich chocolate cake – so good! It was dark by the time we walked back to our room, and the moon was gorgeous! It was a fun day – restful and full of nature!