"I run because it always takes me where I want to go." - Dean Karnazas
Tuolumne. One of my favorite places in the universe.
We had two groups serendipitously coming together this weekend... as my trail running buddies had planned a Tuolumne to Mammoth trail run, and Hoeft got a group site (again). So we had quite the crew to party up yonder in the high country. Danielle threw out her back, so Metreses who were headed to go backpacking bailed on that plan and joined us.
|Start out with a group pic of us on top of Lembert Dome! Camille! Over here! On day 3... aka. Sun.|
|I drove up Fri with Nikko as I was going to take the day off anyway and wanted to maximize my time in paradise|
|We drove straight to Tenaya Lake for a nice dip. We stopped at Rainbow Falls for lunch too! Double dip day!|
|Then we decided to climb Pothole dome... so Nikko could do the floss at the top.|
|Cathedral Peak! We'll be seeing you soon...|
|Nikko pondering life...|
|We were quite slow in the morning...|
|after coffee, quick brekky, and a poo stop, we were on our way|
|We were team "NoBo" as we were headed north to Tuolumne. We decided collectively to go through the Minarets in the beginning to add to the adventure. I think that side loop was our highlight.|
|Some runnable trails... some not. We were going a lot slower than expected...|
|Nice shot of Seth floating on the JMT|
|There were plenty of folks on the trail and a nice lady took a pic of us...|
|my lunch... from yesterday. I was stoked to have this. mmm....|
|Seth had tummy trouble (shocker! I know...) so there was plenty of waiting for him at water stops. And there were lots of water stops.|
|Banner and Ritter|
|Seeing the SoBo crew was always uplifiting and gave both crews an energy boost for the next 10 min. Aaron made a side tour to go tag a peak|
|Looking down the perfectly glacier polished Lyell Canyon.|
|Big ole' cow bone...|
|Lyell canyon... takes forever.|
|Sam was nice enough to wait for Seth... so Alex and I took off back to camp. Sam and Seth were only like an hour back, so it wasn't too bad. All in all, a great day running in the mountains...|
Alex's track is more correct (I accidentally hit pause on mine for a few miles in the middle).
Strava heat map helped with the planning...
And in the end we used this as inspiration https://pantilat.wordpress.com/2013/11/12/tuolumne-meadows-to-devils-postpile-via-the-minarets-and-donohue-peak/
and his Strava
The next day, we went on a fun group hike up Lembert Dome and down to Pothole Dome.
|Where I caught a snake for the kiddos..|
|Fun times on top of Lembert Dome. The kids sure like to hike when there is a crew!|
|We met up with everyone at the swimming hole behind puppy dome.|
|I took the kids climbing for a bit|
|Then I lead them up to the top of the dome. And told the kids to jump on 3... there was some bad timed jumps|
|Looking back at Lembert Dome|
|The kids found a polished section they used as a slide...|
- maybe add in Ritter and Banner. Here's Leor's report. And his approx route. Fun page on climbing it in the spring.