325. Mirror Lake (06/08/03)
Hikers (10): Barbara, Elaine, Eugene, Gwynneth, Oliver, Peter, Rob P, Sue, Taylor, Tim
Distance: 4 miles
Rating: 1 difficulty, 8 beauty
Park info: Yosemite National Park
Write-up by Sue -- Pictures by Gwynneth (aka Ansel Adams) and Sue G
Day 4 of the 2003 INCH Yosemite Trip. Even though Russ and Steve were not on this hike, we could hear them yelling "Cheap Leaf!" from miles away. We'd prefer to think of it as either the Half Dome post-cool down hike, or a celebration of Eugene's second forest and Gwynneth's first tree!
1, 2, 3 . . . INCH!
The path to Mirror Lake, our first destination, led us by the
Happy Isles Nature Center, over the Merced River, and by the John
Muir trail. After a short walk alongside the Tenaya Creek, we arrived
at Mirror Lake at the base of Half Dome. From this vantage point you
could clearly see the silhouette of Tis-sa-ack, a Miwok Indian
Legend, in the face of Half Dome. Her tears were said to have been
what formed Mirror Lake. On a normal day this reflecting pond would
have been a good place to take a break, but Eugene had his fart
machine running non-stop. The only good thing about it was that it
was frightening away the other visitors to the lake. We stayed just
long enough for Gwynneth to snap
another award winning B&W photo, and then we were off to the
As we approached the red carpet entrance to the Grand Ahwahnee Lodge, Peter suddenly had a panic attack and kept repeating, "Act like you belong here!". I'm not sure if he was more worried about our informal attire or Eugene's fart machine. He must have known about the Lodge's prestigious guest list which included several presidents, British royalty, and movie stars. We promised Peter we would behave as we entered the lobby.
The building designs and decorations were
flawless. Large windows lined the halls, Persian rugs covered the
floors, and antique chandeliers illuminated the rooms. The
photographer Ansel Adams once wrote about the Lodge: ... yet on
entering The Ahwahnee one is conscious of calm and complete beauty
echoing the mood of majesty and peace that is the essential quality
We explored the building for a while and then went outside to the patio to have a drink and enjoy the scenery. This certainly was a wonderful way to end our adventure and say farewell to the Yosemite Valley.
Several noteworthy milestones were attained during the 4 day trip:
Eugene's 2nd forest
Gwynneth's 10th leaf
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