We had a another trip with Jatin and Deesha this time to Yosemite. And from this trip, I’ve seen another aspect of Yosemite, a view I hadn’t seen before. The four of us drove up to Yosemite at a very leisurely pace and took I40 up to a lovely little AirBNB place 10 miles from Mariposa. The families’ food needs were almost purely self contained, with kale,cabbage, lettuce and other greens grown in the patch behind them, all manner berries, potatoes, carrots, lemon trees, oranges too and this year figs. They have managed to squeeze every drop of water they can through an elaborate multi layered irrigation and soil layout. Mowing was done by Billy the horse that greets you above.

Mariposa can be massively hot and Yosemite can be amazingly crowded. So crowded in fact that the road to Glacier Point was blocked because of traffic and a ranger had to do traffic control. Expect to wait an hour in traffic. In a national park. Huh. It was rather disappointing because we very likely spent more time in traffic than sniffing air.

But our hosts gave us the excellent suggestion of visiting Tuolumne Meadows, which was empty and we were rewarded with swims in Lake Tenaya (which at 5000-7000ft, is cold if you don’t swim). The meadow is in the opposite direction of the valley and aware from much of the crowds. This left with us an easy journey back to the valley and a short Mist Falls hike.

The pictures below are a mix of Portra 160, Ektar 100 on a Hasselblad and Trix400 on a Leica M7 with the Voigtlander 21mm.

It was only a sunny smile, and little it cost in the giving
but like morning light it scattered the night and
made the day worth living

F. Scott Fitzgerald