That's right people.
The day has come.
I'm sure you all had given up hope on seeing pictures of my own on this blog. Ever.
Well, technically my husband took all of these pictures but we are one flesh so I can claim his handiwork as mine.
|The falls were absolutely beautiful. We were told that it was the most snow they've had in 20 years so they had waterfalls popping up all over the place.|
|We saw these signs all over the place. No big deal.|
|This was on the hike to Bridalveil Falls. About 15 minutes round trip - I was still unaware of the dangers to come so I'm still pretty happy at this point. And wet. See the dude in the poncho?|
|The roaring river next to Bridalveil Falls|
|This is what's called the Tunnel View. I didn't get too near to the edge at this point, but people in our group stood on the wall that separated us from death. My husband was one of those people. Fortunately, I am not a widow yet.|
|This is the beginning of the Vernal Falls Hike. Yes, I wore a bright pink back pack so in case I got lost, the bears would definitely find me. Oh by the way, that is also a 45 degree incline... my thighs were unhappy right about here.|
|After about 2 miles, you reach the bridge and the view is BEAUTIFUL!!!|
|My husband is artsy fartsy|
|We're almost to the top. See the rails? They lasted for like a minute. I wished they had had them the whole way, but that would've been too easy.|
|This is at the top of the waterfall. Notice how there isn't a picture of me near the edge. Notice the look of despair and unhappiness on my face.|
|Then my husband said "Well at least try to look like you're having fun."|
|The hubs, however, did manage to get up close and personal with the edge of the falls. I cringed when I looked at this picture a few nights ago.|
|See where the white water trail ends? That's where the bridge is. Remember the bridge where my concerned face was uncertain of what was to come?|
|The roaring Merced River. Someone died in it a month ago. I'm not kidding - Google the Mist Trail (yes, this one that we hiked) and in early May a guy drowned and they never found his body.|
|Please note the tiny specs next to the falls on that flat piece of land. Those are people. That is where we were standing. Are you cringing now too? Good, so am I.|
|This is my Tusken Raider stance. That walking stick literally saved my life.|
|This is me posing as a serious hiker. Yes, that's a cliff behind me. Yosemite is full of them, in case you haven't noticed.|
|This was my favorite waterfall. The Yosemite Falls. The hike to the bridge was flat and easy, peasy and took about 10 minutes. There were handicapped people on this hike.|
|See? Look how happy we are. No cliffs. No burning thighs. No death defying acts.|
|We saw wildlife!!! No bear... but we did see this deer butt. I'm not kidding, this deer would not turn around for anything. So that's all you get to see. A butt.|
All in all, I'd say my trip was totally worth it and I'd go back in a heartbeat. But would I hike Vernal Falls again? Let's just say it was a once in a lifetime experience. As in my whole lifetime, I will do it once.