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Yosemite

6th October 2002






Our senior James planned a hike at Yosemite National Park to climb the Half Dome which is one of the highest point in the Yosemite Valley. About 7 people took the challenge for the hike and the Marymount people (me, Dax & Eu Jin - except Sherine who had alternative plans) joined the trip but did not intend to do the long 12-hour hike.

So, we rented 2 cars for the 10 of us and started driving on Friday midnight, and drove through the night to reach Yosemite by Saturday morning...




Starting the trip at Buildfolio...

Rahul (far left) joined the group photo but did not join the trip =P

On the way to Yosemite, about a 5-hour drive...

When we arrived at Curry Village in Yosemite at 6am, the 7 hikers left immediately to start their hike while the 3 of us slept in the car...

Oh, we are soooo lazy... haha

The scene from the carpark we were in...

It's so different from the night we arrived at this carpark. It was so dark and there's no moonlight...

Sleepy bones coming out of the car... it's almost noon!

We went for lunch at the place behind me... (not the mountains) but the building behind

We walked to see the Yosemite Falls...

...only to find that the waterfall is dry this season, heh

So we drove to Glacier Point...

... to catch the scenery there

A picture from the car along the drive

The Half Dome where the 7 of our frens are supposed to hike up... nope, we did not see them from here. =P

Eu Jin

The 3 slackers...

Me and Dax

Map showing the valley and Half Dome

The Half Dome

A notice showing the formation of the valley and dome

The valley formed by a glacier in the past

It looks like a long long way down...

What's there over the mountains?

There's nothing lah...

Hmm, there must be something...

Haha, think there's nothing also lah...

I try to see see...

Really nothing loh...

2 sleeping buddhas

Ah... breathing in the fresh mountain air...

The buddhas have awakened...

We left Glacier Point and stopped along the way to look at El Capitan

El Capitan is an incredible block of granite for rock climbers

We also stopped by a stream to take pictures

Me on a rock in the stream

Eu Jin

Dax in the cold stream water...
 

At around 6pm in the evening, the 3 of us were back at Curry Village to meet up with the hikers. But only James made it back in time and the rest will be late. They had broken up into groups on the way back and we were unsure if they will be back at the same time...

The sky was getting dark and we drove to the trailhead where they started hiking, hoping to meet them. It was really dark but Eu Jin and I drove to another village, Yosemite Village, to buy dinner for everyone, while Dax and James waited for the rest. It was so pitch dark that I had to drive carefully on the way to get dinner and I can't imagine hiking in the dark. After we bought the dinner and returned to the trailhead, we found that all the hikers were back and everyone's tired but safe.

James booked a lodge for us to stay overnight, but it was about an hour and a half drive out of Yosemite to Mariposa Hotel-Inn...


Finally in our rooms!

Not sleeping yet... watch TV first =P

Sunday morning: after a good night's sleep, we went from our inn to have breakfast-cum-lunch

Have our brunch at a Chinese restaurant

Discussing what to eat

Me, Dax and Edric

Car gang One: (from left) Peiling, James, Olivia, Jason, Maria

Car gang Two: (from left) Dax, Eu Jin, Me, Edric, Karthik

Dax's driving us back home

Me and Karthik

Eu Jin as co-driver and a shocked Edric at the back
 

We all went back to Buildfolio, our starting point, to settle our accounts and return our rented cars. Then it's back to home for everyone of us and sigh, there's school and work on Monday tomorrow... =P