A smokey start

Day 1     10.5 miles

Yosemite National Park, California

Of course we had to have a burger first.  Tuolumne meadows store, cafe, and picnic area is the perfect spot to have our last fast food meal before we hit the trail.

At 2pm we were finally on our way.  Almost immediately Paul stopped to watch two baby marmots.  So cute.  Several miles later two spotted fawns.  Also very cute.  Also plenty of deer that seem totally unafraid of us.

The scenery here is amazing.  Too bad we can’t see much.  The whole Yosemite valley is hazy with smoke.  There are several wild fires in the area.

The trail follows a meandering brook with many inviting swimming holes.   I want to try and swim in a lake or river every day, but this afternoon we have to get some miles in before we set up camp.

We are camped at Lyell Forks river.  There are so many people camping here and all along the trail.  

Tomorrow is going to be amazing! Good night!

Spot the marmot?

7 thoughts on “A smokey start

  1. Hi Sally

    We met briefly last year on the Grouse gondola – I followed your PCT blog and thoroughly it. I did the JMT in 2015 – you are going to love it, t is stunning. My best advice – at Reds Meadow, double cheeseburger and chocolate milkshake – the best anywhere.

    Wishing you clear skies and warm nights,



    1. Hi Diane, hope you are still enjoying Weds Night hike on Flint and Feather? Yes, I had the cheeseburger and milk shake when I was in Reds Meadow last year. You’re absolutely right, THE BEST!!


  2. So thrilled to open email and see ‘trailwhispering’!
    Thank you for taking the time to include those of us at home with your posts.
    Once again as you+Paul venture out, the Irish Blessing-
    May the road rise to meet you,
    may the wind be ever at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    and the rains fall soft upon your fields.
    And until we meet again,
    may God hold you in the palm of his hand.


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