On Wednesday we split up in the morning. Brad and Beth headed out very early to get to the valley to
take the trail to the top of Half Dome. Somewhat later, Bob, John, and Marcus went a few miles south of
the park entrance to experience the Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine narrow gauge railroad. The remainder
of the group returned to the valley floor for more scenic hiking. Early in the afternoon almost all of us
got back together at Ahwahnee Lodge, then headed for Curry Village, where we had dinner. We then returned
to Wawona, to rejoin Brad and Beth and be regaled with pictures and tales of the harrowing Half Dome climb.
Shannon, Anne, and Laura at the Tunnel Overlook, with the best view of the valley behind them.
The trail to the base of Bridal Veil Falls has some very rocky sections.
Meanwhile, the nostalgic riders of the narrow gauge were taking the easy route through a
very attractive mixed-species forest, sitting on a small self-propelled crew car based on
a Model T chassis and engine.
This is one of the remaining crew support vehicles that were used in maintenance in the
logging operations in this area--it is similar in size to the crew car mentioned above.
The engines that were used to haul logs were similar to this 1928 Shay. The vertical pistons
on the sides of Shay-type engines allowed low gear ratios in order to maximize climbing power on hills.
Today, this one just hauls tourists on a 45-minute run through the forest.
Back down in the main valley again, Marcus crosses the road near Yosemite Village,
with Half Dome as a backdrop.
We heard a lot about bears at Yosemite, and took precautions to avoid attracting them,
but this is the only one we saw up close (as this bear was in the cafeteria at Curry Village,
it was stuffed).
The pictures of this trip are divided into several sets: