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the valley

Yosemite Valley is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been but I spend my whole time there wishing I could visit it again after the Apocalypse.* The hoards of people (of which I must remind myself I am one) just ruin it for me. I feel deeply stressed the whole time I am there.

Bridal Veil Falls. I am lucky that there have been a few recent snow storms and the falls are flowing.

Bridal Veil Falls. I am lucky that there have been a few recent snow storms and the falls are flowing.

Half dome.

Half dome.

People's urge to leave their mark evidenced on a fallen tree.

People's urge to leave their mark evidenced on a fallen tree.

I ride rather frantically around the Valley in search of Camp 4, the climber’s camp, a ‘first-come-first-serve’ $5 a night affair. It is late enough for the ranger policing the entrance of the camp to have left their kiosk for the evening and so, despite the stern signs informing me that the camp was full and I must go somewhere else, I find a patch of ground to put up my tent in a site already occupied by a bunch of guys who are happy to accommodate me. They ply me with food; first with half a barbequed chicken which I devour in about 30 seconds flat and then, later, with pork chops and asparagus.

I really shouldn’t complain about the hordes, should I?

Camp 4 is the climbers camp. It is a first come first serve affair and was officially full when I arrived.

Camp 4 is the climbers camp. It is a first come first serve affair and was officially full when I arrived. I was spectacularly well-fed here.

Half Dome at sunset. Like Ansell Adams, I chose to photograph as though the place is untouched by human presence - but it's not the truth.

Half Dome at sunset. Like Ansel Adams, I chose to photograph as though the place is untouched by human presence - but it's not the truth. I really need a tripod so I can do those multiple exposure shots.

* I’m quite sure that I’m not going to be one of the ones plucked straight up to heaven.

{ 2 } Comments

  1. Mike | December 8, 2009 at 5:02 am | Permalink

    Glad you liked the pork chops and asparagus! Glad to see you’re still on your way and as of this comment, in Flagstaff! I love that place but I’m excited to see what else you see in Arizona! One of my favorite states!

  2. anna | December 12, 2009 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    Hi Mike,

    Good to hear from you! Thanks for the pork chops and asparagus.

    I ended up heading east into New Mexico to meet up with some guys riding the Great Divide and crossing the border at Antelope Wells.

    Today is my first full day in Mexico!

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