The Mist Trail, Yosemite

Yosemite is a sacred place to me.  It’s the place where I first experienced the awe of nature.  As a kid looking up at the granite walls reaching to the sky, I got a peaceful feeling that I had not known before.  Hiking around Yosemite, climbing boulders in Sunnyside, and just playing all day on the rocks and in the dirt and pine needles was one of the greatest times of my life.

Now that I am older, Yosemite is still my place to go to re-charge my batteries.  There’s nothing better than getting up at 4 in the morning, driving to Starbucks for coffee and a maple scone, and heading off to Yosemite.  My goal from way back was to cover the map of Yosemite with all the places I had gone in the park.  I need to get that map out again and start marking down where I’ve been lately.

I sent off emails to National Park folks a while back offering to do a Beautiful Places Like show on Yosemite (for free!) and never heard back from anyone.  To hell with ’em, I’ll do it myself.

This picture is from a training hike I took three years ago while training to climb Mt. Rainier.  I hiked from Yosemite Valley to the top of Half Dome and back in one day.  It’s a tough day, but something someone wishing to climb Mt. Rainier should be able to do without much of a problem.  I had a great day.  I started off early, I think it was still dark when I parked at the trailhead.  I knew it was going to be a long day and I also wanted to get up there before the crowds.

   I really wish people had a sense of the need for quiet when you are in such a place as Yosemite.  People love to yell when they get outdoors and it really pisses me off.  I know what you are seeing is awesome, and you need to express yourself, but go inside and really feel it.  Don’t screw up everyone’s moment like you’re at a Nascar race.  I love Nascar by the way.  Tony Stewart is my guy.  There’s just a time for Nascar and a time for Nature and you act differently.  🙂

Anyway, I went back to the Mist Trail last year to film an episode of Beautiful Places because I remember how awesome this trail is.  It was just as good this time and I got some great shots.  This time around I didn’t make it to the top of Half Dome.  I camped in Little Yosemite Valley bringing up all my camping gear and really concentrated on getting great shots of the falls.  Maybe I’ll do a Half Dome show this Summer?

Here’s the Mist Trail Show:

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2 Responses to “The Mist Trail, Yosemite”

  1. This is one of my favorite trails in Yosemite Valley. It was one hikes my parents would take my brothers and I on when we were growing up. It’s a little crowded, but worth it.

    I had an interesting moment once on the way back down from Half Dome:

  2. Thanks for sharing that Mike. And even though it was frustrating for those unprepared people to mess up your evening, you did the right thing. And now you have a memory and a story to tell. I’ve done everything from give out Alleve to letting someone use my trekking poles that was clearly in need of them on the Mist Trail, and I always felt good about doing it even if I had to wait at the end of the trail for my poles. I’ll write another post today on more of this. Thanks for the inspiration.


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