From the trailhead we can already see that we have a beautiful day ahead of us. The poofy clouds just made the sky more photogenic.
The winter trail markers in the trees were license plates (?). At the top: National Park Service. Bottom: Dept of Interior. A number in the middle. Shape and size of license plates. Strange but cool - never seen trail markers like this before.
Hiking along a ridge - the one to the right if you look down tenaya canyon from Olmstead Point. This was a really nice trail, I enjoyed the terrain and the views.
Cathedral, matthes crest.
Snow is all gone in the sun at ~8500k, but was still near 100% coverage in shaded north-facing slopes.
Cathedral, tenaya peak, matthes crest, etc.
Hugh offers to move a rock out of our way. How kind.
A piece of one of the license plate markers nailed into a fallen tree. This tree has been down a loooong time - so it appears that these markers are pretty old.
Our first view of half dome from the trail.
Forget me nots
After a ~2000 ft descent we're at Snow Creek. The water is perfect right now - fresh and cold with some great fishing holes.
View from our campsite. Absolutely incredible! There are a lot of people out here, but it's worth it.
When backpacking I usually prefer to visit less popular locations where we can be by ourselves, but this spot is not one of those. No matter, I spent most of the time staring at the view instead of noticing the people around us.
Found a great fishing hole - pulled out brookies and rainbows on almost every cast. Several strikes each time. They were pretty small though - decided not to keep any for a meal, although david did.
Small fall along Snow Creek
I'm pretty sure Barbara liked this spot, if her twirling and dancing was any indication.
The ridge in the foreground is where we camped - this is the view from the other side of Snow Creek.
View towards Clouds Rest (just blocked from view on the left)
Ridge between Clouds Rest and Half Dome
Snow Creek, just above the falls
Our kitchen area
We could see the people on the cables climbing up half dome - little silhouetted ants.
Campfire is built - it wasn't very cold out, but had to cook those tasty tiny fish somehow. :)
Dinner - some colorful little brookies
It was a fun evening - we watched climbers bivying on the face of North Dome (headlamps gave them away), and the twisting headlights of cars driving to and from Glacier Point. No lack of activity to watch from this campsite.
Half dome silhouette
Scorpio above Half Dome and campfire glow
Half Dome in the morning