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Re: Twenty-Three and All of Us

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Twenty-Three and All of Us
June 11, 2015 09:07PM
For our 23rd anniversary trip, we decided to do something completely different: blue skies, warm granite, and swimmable/boatable waters.

After a leisurely hike into our campsite, some people opted to rest...

...while others chose some whitewater action.

The water was warm and inviting... to some, at least.

Overall, a relaxing, lazy start to our four-day trip.

The next day we were joined by some familiar faces (who a few days later would be officially Mr. and Mrs...), who I led up a granite playground while the others headed a bit more directly to the day's destination.

We had the canyon to ourselves... almost.

There were of course the usual number of minor obstacles along our route....

...but we made steady progress up canyon.

We rested for a quick dip for some relief from the sun's warmth...

...before crossing the creek and continuing on.

After a short climb and a straightforward traverse, we began our final descent to the night's camp, where we heard from the others on radio.

The evening was warm and calm as the sun lazily sat behind the ridge above us.

That would be the one to the east, right...?

After breakfast, we started the next day's excursion with a lazy float across the lake.

After a short climb away from the lake we emerged into a huge sea of smooth granite.

A bit into this long traverse we stopped to top off our water bottles at a wonderful small creek.

After that, more smooth granite.

After a bit of downclimbing, shrubbery, and a final brief ascent, we emerged at a rather big lake.

After a snack, it was time to deploy the armada.

Fleet? Flotilla? Inflantry?

We checked out several of the lake's small islands and shoreline cliffs before taking out on a small peninsula, where we enjoyed lunch.

After that, we packed the fleet and headed up more granite... towards more water.

We were in no rush to pass through this area, as our modest progress showed.

We dropped to another lake and were soon on the water... more or less.

Pro tip: Belly-to-boat technique doesn't work.

After some minor re-arrangement, the fleet was in action again.

Some chose to check out the lake's many islands and inlets... and others chose to just float and relax. It was all good.

After the lazy float, we had to head back to camp.

We left the vast, open granite behind.

We took a small detour to the top of a dome with an odd erratic on it.

After that we had a bit more ridge walking before descending to the morning's lake.

Back at the lakeshore, most of us took a quick dip in the water before floating back to home. While some returned directly, others checked out the rugged shoreline of this lake.

After returning to camp, we enjoyed a nice dinner and warm, mild sunset.

The next day, after another leisurely breakfast, we broke camp and headed up the vast, open granite that had been above us.

Our route back would follow an open ridge top, but first we had to scramble (schrubble?) a bit to get to the top.

The walk along the ridge was a pleasant stroll, but eventually we had to descend to the creek far below us.

In the distance calm rivers and pools promised relief from the warming sun.

Eventually we reached a calm pool and deployed the flotilla.

After floating downstream a bit, we soaked and/or swam in the cool waters that we'd soon be climbing away from under the mid-day sun.

We could have stayed for quite awhile--it was very pleasant and peaceful--but we had to move on.

As we neared the top of the climb, we looked back one last time. It had been another great trip to a place we could see ourselves revisiting.

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Re: Twenty-Three and All of Us
June 11, 2015 09:15PM
Ah.. what can I say... but THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU to my hubby of 23 years. So many fun adventures already, and I'm looking forward to more!

This trip was fabulous, with dear friends joining us to help celebrate. It doesn't get any better in my book!

I was spoiled rotten with the granite, water and boats and excellent company. At one point, A and I (the only two females) just broke down in a huge giggle fit. We could not stand. We were on the ground laughing like goodness knows what. That's a memory I will cherish, among others, for a very long time! Hopefully, forever.

And Congratulations to A and E! We have seen you from your first meeting on Forester Pass to the point of getting married. Congratulations! May you have many, many years of joy exploring the mountains together!
avatar Re: Twenty-Three and All of Us
June 12, 2015 06:25AM
Bowing to his greatness

Tanks fir Sharon Aaron

Sew much fun. I'd do it all over again.

And special thanks and congrats to E and A. All having boats
made the 3rd basecamp day so much fun.
Boat / Hike / Boat / Hike / Boat / Hike / Boat
smiling smiley

Chick-on is looking at you!
Re: Twenty-Three and All of Us
June 12, 2015 07:43AM
Happy anniversary and what a great way to spend it - hiking with friends.
Re: Twenty-Three and All of Us
June 15, 2015 09:41PM
Happy anniversary and what a great way to spend it - hiking with friends.

Sorry for the delay.. Thank you, parklover!!!

I long ago decided it was a bunch of fun sharing our love for each other and Yosemite with our dear friends. It never gets old, it's always fun, and there's always something new and interesting.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/15/2015 09:41PM by JustKeepWalking.
avatar Re: Twenty-Three and All of Us
August 16, 2015 01:12PM
Somebody borrow my tent when I wasn't looking?
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