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Day 1: Toulumne Meadows to Lyell Fork

2010 July 28
by John

Today we literally meandered through the meadows. The word for the day was BREEZE and the experience was pure clear rivers. The gentle breeze kept us dry and comfortable all day as we walked through the valley, blowing in the face and then cross-ways at times. The meadow was absolutely beautiful!

It was obvious as we walked that we had reached back country sure there were people from time to time, but clearly the squirrels, groundhogs and marmots ruled the area. At times we would just stop and watch them chase each other down the trail ahead of us chipping and chirping the whole day. Absolutely awesome!

(See the first photo below)

After walking around 9 miles, we hit what the book described as ‘a marvelously constructed zig-zag path up the gentle incline.’ What he meant was ‘a hellish granite staircase that seems to never end until it abruptly does at the river on top.’ suffice it to say it was NOT the greatest plan for us to have ended the day doing 2 miles up hill after 9 already behind us.

But we’re here. We’re eaten alive by mosquitoes but we cast an impervious spell over our tent so we’re huddled inside working this post at 8:14pm. We also had to eat SO MUCH FOOD to try to get all our calories that we are sick full. Tomorrow we’ll try spreading the eating out more over the day instead of a huge dinner. Maybe we’ll have cereal and chocolate pudding for breakfast. Mmmmmm….

Tonight promises good sleep that’s for sure!

Oh, and yeah I think we have to climb one of these tomorrow (second photo)

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  1. July 31, 2010

    Hunt: What I remembered the most were the animals.
    Edwards: [smiles] Ah, the animals…
    Hunt: Fearsome beasts of the mountains and plains. I’ve seen a bear so powerful… that it snapped a man’s body in half with his huge jaws. Garrgghh! Garrgghh! I’ve seen a badger with paws as big as frying pans. And that’d rip your face right off! Right off! Nothing you can do with that! Just rip it off! Once there was a hawk that swooped down from the sky… Aggghhh! Aggghhh! Aggghhh! And plucked a man’s eyeballs out of his sockets. Auuuggghhh! Auuuggghhh! The fella was screaming, “I’m blind! I can’t see!” *Twice* when I was fishing…

    • Liz permalink*
      July 31, 2010

      What is that from? I’m actually glad for once I wear glasses. Maybe that means I’ll have some protection from eye-plucking birds!

  2. kevin majeski permalink
    July 31, 2010

    Gotta keep an eye on those eye-plucking birds.Umm, so to speak.

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