Friday, October 7, 2011

Yosemite: Day 1

Our first stop in Yosemite was the vista point just after the tunnel, where you get that first breathtaking vision of the entire valley. You already saw our family pic from there. Our next stop was Bridal Veil Falls. The volume of falls was meager, as you would expect this time of year, but still worth visiting. We scrambled up past this sign to check things out. Just in case you can't read it, it says something about rocks and danger and death, which we ignored, of course..."Get on up there, kids!"

Next, we stopped at the Merced River, which was also at low flow, allowing the kids to romp all over.

And there was fun for the bigger kid as well. Here is Mark balancing a large stick on his chin. Isn't he studly?

We set up camp in North Pines campground. The kids were excellent helpers, and worked well together.

Abigail directing Scotty where to put the firewood.

In a true display of Schlaefer OCD, Abigail sorts the wood into piles of large, medium, and small sticks. All you Schlaefers out there will recognize this as a compelling task that just needs doing! (C' know it's true)

Our last adventure for the evening was a hike to Mirror Lake. I'll confess...the first thing out of my mouth was "This is it?" I was expecting a large body of water, but instead found several shallow pools and marshes. Then I saw it...the mirror effect was just dazzling:

A little extra treasure at this spot was a cluster of cairns. I confess...stacks or piles of rocks hold a mystical fascination for me. Kind of an itty-bitty Stonehenge thing.

We made it back to the campsite just as night was falling. We started a nice campfire (composed of just the right mixture of small, medium, and large sticks), and cooked up a feast of Top Ramen. After toasting a few marshmallows, we rubbed our eyes and collapsed into our tents.


  1. Great pictures of Mirror Lake, which we missed somehow when we were there in July. Sounds like a fun day.

  2. Abigail is a TRUE Schlaefer. Sorting sticks is a never know when you might need a certain size and it's good to be prepared!