This was my first time to Yosemite, and I was really impressed. The towering granite cliffs, the powerful rushing rivers, the delicate tiny flowers all reminded me of God's love for us. I feel really blessed to have gone, and I have a feeling that I'll be back in the future.
As you can see, the sunrise and the hike down were both amazing. You can see more pictures in the gallery.
3:16 a.m.: Sign at the junction of the John Muir Trail and the Half Dome trail. We had already hike almost seven miles at this point.
5:18 a.m.: waiting for sunrise
6:11 a.m.: the sun starts to poke up above the mountains.
6:15 a.m.: first glimpse of the whole sun. It had been hiding behind Clouds Rest (and then clouds, ironically) since sunrise officially started at 5:45. (Levels adjusted with iPhoto.)
6:17 a.m.: taking in the beauty. (Also adjusted.)
6:42 a.m.: heading back down the cables that protect the last 800 vertical feet of the Half Dome route. (Note to self: get a sweet purple shirt like that.)
6:51 a.m.: Tim just about to the bottom of the cables.
11:25 a.m.: rainbow and lush vegetation along the Mist Trail at the base of 240-foot Vernal Fall. This is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.
11:26 a.m.: people on the Mist Trail. (Second note to self: make sure to take off shirt more often.)
11:29 a.m.: Vernal Fall.