June 25, Day 65 – A day in Yosemite National Park

When I woke up, my quilt was soaked from condensation. We all slept great but our bags were wet, especially Koviet’s and mine since we cowboy camped. We spent some extra time around camp before leaving trying to dry them out a little. As it got close to 7, we packed up and headed to Tuolumne Meadows. This is a meadow in Yosemite National Park and also an area with a restaurant and general store. We went up over Donahue Pass in the first 4 miles and then had around 12 very flat miles to get to the restaurant. Fly, Koviet and Taters all beat me to the grill but we took a 3 hour break there so I was in no rush. I ended up doing close to 30 miles total for the day and it felt really easy. I was lucky it was the flattest day we had since the desert. Fly, Koviet and I are camped together on a hill overlooking a beautiful valley and the mountains on the other side.

It makes me a little sad to be leaving the big mountains of the Sierra. We still have a few passes left but Yosemite is the last National Park until we go through Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California. The climbs were tough but rewarding and I’ve enjoyed every day. I think I’ll come back to these parks in the future and explore them more. We only saw glimpses of some of the most beautiful scenery this country has to offer.

Miles: 29.3 Total Miles: 957.8

A couple of yellow bellied marmots enjoying the sunshine near the top of Donahue Pass.

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