Saturday, June 22, 2013

Alaska 2013, Day 9, Yosemite

Monday June 10, 2013

We hiked Mariposa Grove (Sequoias) this morning.  There are more sequoias here than I expected, we saw
maybe 100, they say there are 500 here.  I was expecting a half  dozen or so.  The biggest is the Grizzly Giant about 1/2 mi in.  It is huge, they say it is 1800 years old.  It is all strange shaped  and doesn't even look real.

A rain storm was coming down the valley on the ride back.  From the tunnel Half Dome was covered in dark clouds.  I'll bet the storm chased all the hikers off Half Dome.

All sorts of critters today.  Saw 2 western tanagers; yellow body, black wings and an orange head. A brown creeper, a quail who was calling out along the trail, some kind of warbler (black wings, yellow body), some tiny gray bird, and lots of juncos. The meadow by Curry Village had 6 mule deer on the way back in.

- Jon

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