SUNDAY – A GOOD DAY FOR A HIKE
Today we planned on a major hike. George wanted to hike up the Yosemite Falls Trail; and Klara and I joined him for this. We had hiked the trail together in 1967 with Klara in a primitive, by today’s standards, backpack
carrier, and I carrying a backpack with all the essential needs when hiking with an 11 month old, along with food and water for the day.
The trail started at Camp 4 and immediately started its ascent. First we hiked to Columbia Rock. Here we enjoyed a commanding view into the Canyon and East to Half Dome.
|NEEDLE TO RIGHT OF YOSEMITE FALLS|
|HALF DOME FROM COLUMBIA ROCK|
|TRAIL CAIRN TO ???|
We proceeded another half mile up the trail and enjoyed the up-close view of what would normally be a powerful Upper Yosemite Falls. On this day it was dry and silent.
|A DRY FALLS|
|YOSEMITE FALLS, MARCH 2010|
As we were enjoying our snack/lunch a young man was coming down the trail very slowly and deliberately. I was the first to comment and I was correct that he needed to be “PSAR’d”. (P-Preventative, S-Search, A-And. R-Rescue which is used to assess and assist a person who is having trouble on the trail that can lead to injury. (This is a term we learned and as George did patrols for this purpose at the North Rim, Grand Canyon.) After inquiry we learned that the man, Tony, had spent the night out on the Rim of the Canyon near the top of Yosemite Falls with no food, very little water, and only a poncho to keep him warm.
|A CLOSER LOOK|
|UNDER THE CANOPY|
|WE DID IT!|
|GEORGE AND "BABY KLARA"|
|GEORGE AND KLARA|
|AHWAHNEE DINING ROOM|