Toulumne Meadows is in Yosemite National Park and no too far from Yosemite Valley with Half Dome, Cloud Rest, El Capitan as we well as many famous places.

I hadn’t planed to explore the park of trail but the day we got in I met a guy who was setting up a camp for a dance company called Bandaloop (check out thier site here, they do some really awesome dance performances while repeling down the sides of buildings and cliffs) and was offering $100 to anyone willing to help hike in thier gear, so Little Bear and I plus a few others signed up and what we thought was going to be a long and hard hike turned out to be an easy 5 mile hike up the back side of Watkins peak with spectacular views of Half Dome and Cloud Rest. It was such a good and easy hike that we all said we would have done it for free just to have hiked it, but we didn’t tell them that….

Toulumne Meadows was a welcomed and much needed resting point for Leah as the 15 mile days and blisters were starting to wear heavily on her. We took 2 days off here to rest and heal, do some laundry and we hopped take a shower. But unfortunately and to our surprise there were no showers at the campground or well no proper showers with hot water and all that jazz. I filled a dry bag up with water and headed off to take a naked hippy shower in the woods while she tried to washed her hair in a sink and cleaned up the best she could but it just wasn’t the same. I think finding out that there were no showers was harder for Leah to handle than the long days and blisters….

This being her first time in hiking I really wanted her to enjoy the trail so after leaving the Meadows we dropped the miles to 10 per day which were still a bit tough in the beginning but by the time we got to Sonora Pass we were finishing the 10 miles by early afternoon and even before noon on the day we made it to Sonora pass. She has to head home here which is to bad because she was really enjoy it, plus I was really enjoying her company and the low mileage days. In total Leah hiked 140 miles, pretty impressive especially considering that before I started this the most I had ever done at one time was 40.

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There were lots of water falls in this section, most fed by melting snow but this one was a river that decided to go off the face of a cliff

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Lake Benson, the Riviera of the Sierras.

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In some places it's as if we weren't even in the mountains. This place looked more like a jungle than the high Sierras.

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Woops! Broke the tent pole and had to splint it. It's actually holding pretty good like this, better than I thought but I'll still be getting some new poles.

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They way of the past....a lot of old trails in Yosemite were marked with old license plates. This one is from 1956.

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Nothing better than an afternoon nap in nature's recliner.

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It's late June, 70 degrees out and we still had to cross patches of snow. One reason I love the mountains...you never quite know what's coming next.

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Passed the 1000 mile mark, hells yeah!

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Commemorative photo opp. While I passed the 1000 mile mark Leah passed the 125 mile mark.

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