I was feeling better the next day and we first went on a small 0.5 mile round trip hike to the nearby lower Yosemite falls, this was completely dried up but we just climbed the rocks and it was very pleasant early in the morning.
Then we freshened up and went on one of the tiring hikes to the Vernal falls, which further goes up to Nevada falls and then over to the magnificent Half Dome, a total of 14.2 miles. We had no great hopes to climb the Dome and were satisfied with the Vernal of 3 miles, which in itself was tiring for me but it felt amazing when we reached the top, where we just chilled out enjoying the peaceful and beautiful nature surrounding us.
The hike down was much easier and we caught a shuttle back to the hotel but my spirits were running high and when I heard the shuttle driver say there was a short 0.5 mile hike nearby to the Mirror lake, I told oxford lets go. But it was not a great idea. The path we followed was full of horse shit, which we mistook to be a bear’s and were scared it is nearby. 😀 And the lake was dried up too, we just saw a new view of the Dome. We were back on the shuttle soon and my husband so wanted to see the 5-star Ahwahnee hotel on the way, so we again got down. Our race against time was to catch the sunset at Glaciers point.
I’m glad we could drive and visit the Glaciers point which is at an elevation of 7,214 ft. It provides awesome views of the Dome and the Valley. Mountain sickness stuck me again but we so wanted to be there. We could not wait to catch the sunset though as we had a 2 hour drive back to Mammoth Hills. I slept through the return journey and poor oxford had to manage the GPS and also drive on the narrow lanes of the mountains for a long time before we reached our destination at 10 in the night.