Monday, October 16, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Yoo HooTuolomo; Yee Hee Tuolumne! - Part 2


Good lookin' crew... too bad it's a tad bit out of focus...


Sunday in Tuolumne.  
The mornings and evenings get coooooold in Tuolumne.  Thank god Metres brought his crash pad, as I had forgot to toss in my sleeping pad.  

But I woke up early anyway to check out Elizabeth Lake... another beautiful lake in Yosemite...
Frosty trails.  

Back at camp... Nikko the lobster... 
Busted trying to steal all 4 swords
Remember the snot... it blackened nicely.  
Early morning hunting for uncle Timmy...



Those were some good sequence shots egh?  

Once it warmed up we cruised over to Pothole Dome.  
And I quickly set up a top rope with Kai.  
Kai doing a legit pitch...





The kids found a tiny froggie...

Uncle Timmy came by, and we put him on his first real climbing route!
Afterwards we hiked to the top!


Then we grouped up at Tenaya lake!
For some swimming, spike ball, and chillaxing...






 Next time with the fam.
  • Stay a week!  The drive is a bit long... 
  • Take Kai up Cathedral and Eichorn?
  • Go to Mystery Dome
  • Take floaties down the Tuolumne River?  Is that legal?
  • Mt. Dana?  
These Nature Notes are awesome.  Here's one about the Yellow Legged Frog... Ranger Eric told us these guys are his favorite. 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Yoo HooTuolomo; Yee Hee Tuolumne! - Part 1



Had too much fun in Tuolumne a few weekends back.  So I'm gonna split this post in 2.  Spent the weekend up in Tuolumne with a crew.  Hoeft got a group site, which was awesome... I'd love to get this site again every year...

So the Hoefts, Zurbins, Dufours, Smiths, and Metres all piled into Tuolumne for a fun, adventure-filled weekend.  

My favorite 5 min road side stop en route.  Last time I was here, I rode my bike here.  
This turned out to be a great stop... as we ate dinner here... and we caught a huge grasshopper... who was on the ceiling of the van.
I promptly unscrewed the lid where Strawberry was, put it over the grasshopper and shook it around until he fell in...
This was from an earlier grasshopper Laura caught, upstairs.  We all got in after dark on Fri, so we just quickly set up the camp, put the boys down and after a few beers went to bed.  

SAT - started the day off with a quick run with Alexis.

Saw this guy on the first 2 min of our run... 
Ended up at this beautiful cabin...
Alexis, testing the "soda springs"
And we were back in time for brekky!
After breakfast, we got the kids warmed up (boy it was cold)... and we decided to start hiking from camp.


The hike required 2 river crossings... (my idea)... 
fortunately, everyone had fun crossing the river.  
At the puppy dome falls... went for a quick dip.  Wasn't warm...
There we met our favorite ranger! Ranger Eric... who told us he does the campfire stories later that day.
Group shot with the rangers!
Silly shot... 
After fording two rivers, the kids were ready for some food... 
We split up at the log, and we went on to Lembert Dome with the Dufours.
Camille with the Sierras behind... 
Nikko... being cute
Summit shot!  Soooo windy up top!


But I still got one smile out of Kai
PeakLens is a wee bit off...
Kai & Nikko didn't really need any help on the way down... unlike Mama...
And back down... and out of the wind!
And the Hoefts and Smiths showed up!
Love these trees growing out of the rocks... 
Cartoon mode


Testing out the 20x zoom on my Sony
Hi Nikko...
We went directly across 120, back to Puppy dome to set up some easy TRs for the kids.  


The scene... 
We also hopped on Puppy Crack (a 5.6?) a popular beginner trad route on the dome.  Kai sending his first crack climb.  
Thomas
We also scrambled to the top to get a view of Lembert dome
Kai, back at camp, playing with Tim's musical instruments...
Here's what our hike looked like.  Pretty good!  Almost 7 miles! 
Meanwhile, Hoeft the master forager found some edibles...

mmmm
after a quick dinner we took the kids to the Campfire talk
Where Ranger Eric did a great job telling stories and keeping everyone entertained.
JAGUAR!
One of the more amazing stunts pulled off inside Yosemite NP.  "Pulled off" as in got arrested an hour later... but they did it without dying.

HALF DOME! (1977) from Randy Forbes on Vimeo.