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Yosemite 2017: 6th Visit to Our Favorite National Park

We spent the second part of our 2017 summer vacation in our very favorite place, Yosemite National Park! We visited the area for three whole days, again staying at Rush Creek Lodge just outside the Big Oak Flat entrance to the park.

Our friends and their adorable daughter to join us in Yosemite again, like they did on our 2013 Vegas/Yosemite trip. We spared ourselves a long, grueling hike this time around, though, thanks to a little one and the wisdom that comes with age.

On the itinerary for our first day in the park was hiking up to the Vernal Fall Footbridge. It was such an incredible winter and we knew the fall would be spectacular, even from a distance.

Vernal Fall from the Vernal Fall Footbridge over the Merced River

I’m growing convinced that I’m blocking the memory of some of these Yosemite hikes. How did I not remember just how seriously steep the one mile from the trailhead to the footbridge was?! I wasn’t alone in forgetting that no Yosemite hike is “easy” — Jason blanked on it, too. We must remember these things …

The hike was worth it as the Merced River was roaring. However, we arrived to find search and rescue (SAR) staff at the footbridge after people reported seeing a man fall from the Mist Trail. When we returned to the trailhead, SAR was there asking people if they had seen anyone fall. The whole incident was a scary reminder of how wild and dangerous our national parks are. Be smart out there, folks.

Yosemite Search and Rescue at the Vernal Fall Footbridge

We started our second day in the park at Yosemite Village. We walked to the base of Yosemite Falls, which was also in impressive form. Later, Jason and I rented bikes, but flooding in the Valley cut our loop ride short.

Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park

Laura biking in Yosemite Valley

Our last day included a stop at Tunnel View, a drive up to Glacier Point, and time to relax at the resort.

Laura and Jason at Tunnel View in Yosemite National Park

Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park

The pool at Rush Creek Lodge

We had hoped to play a round of golf at the [Wawona] Golf Course, something we’ve never done (much to our surprise). Once again, the wet winter thwarted our plans — the golf course was still too wet to open.

All in all, it was another wonderful trip to Yosemite! We’re so happy to have had the company of good friends while visiting a place so special to us.

Happy Laura in Yosemite National Park

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