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Day 9...California road trip...Glacier Point & Sentinel Dome

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Day 9...California road trip...Glacier Point & Sentinel Dome

Day 9.... Tues. 9/18/12

A good night's rest in Curry Village...it really does look like "Camp Curry"....altho the tents are in close proximity and conversations can be heard by next door neighbors....the 10pm "quiet time" is adhered to. Temps dipped to chilly levels overnight...but the heavy blankets did their job.

Limited agenda today....had already done the Mist Trail back in Sept. 2001 and didn't want to repeat it in the dry season....so decided on Sentinel Dome hike....but first, breakfast at the Ahwahnee....if you are not staying there, breakfast is a nice option...enjoy the ambiance...no worries about reservations...good food at a reasonable price.

Left the Ahwahnee at 8:30...arrived at the Sentinel Dome Trailhead at 10am...it was a nice, short, moderate hike...2.2 mi RT....rising to an elevation of 8122 ft atop Sentinel Dome....exactly what was needed given my physical condition (hurt right leg from driving hwy1)....the views were excellent....would highly recommend this hike to any able-bodied individual visiting the park.

12 noon....headed for Glacier Point....this is another WOW WOW WOW stop....now, again...had done Glacier Point before, 10 years ago....but it really does take your breath away when you look over Yosemite Valley....a definite 5 star...or a perfect 10 on a 1-10 scale.... (ratings based on scenic value or WOW factor)....in fact, would have to say it could well be the most beautiful sight these eyes have ever seen....would really be interested if anyone else has seen any place on earth more beautiful than this....told a couple on the Yosemite shuttle later...they were driving a RV.....whatever you do....you must see Glacier Point....even if it requires taking a guided tour...go see Glacier Point.

At some point, maybe sooner rather than later....plan to hike the Panarama Trail...from Glacier Point down to the valley via the Mist Trail...but decided on Tuolumne & Cathedral Lakes this trip....kinda wish had picked Panarama now....but want to see the falls when they are running stronger, so maybe in June....anyway, the whole Glacier Point area is off the charts spectacular....now wouldn't it be nice to see it for sunset???.....that thought crossed my mind...but didn't want to drive down back to the valley at night.

Headed back for the Valley around 2pm....took 45 minutes to get to Tunnel View on Wawona Road...another spot that should not be missed....puttered around the valley awhile...stopping at the Ansel Adams Gallery, the valley Visitor Center...various spots just to take pictures of El Capitan...rode the Yosemite Valley shuttle....walked part-way out to Mirror Lake...where the sunset is best in the valley for pics of Half Dome....pizza at the Curry Village deck patio...nothing too dramtic here....but a nice wind-down to 2 days in Yosemite.

So Day 9....an outstanding day....Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point....one of the most dazzling sights you will ever see....next up for Day 10...Sequoia NP and King's Canyon on the SEKI forum.

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1. Re: Day 9...California road trip...Glacier Point & Sentinel Dome

Thanks for the report. That hike to Sentinel Dome is a good one!

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2. Re: Day 9...California road trip...Glacier Point & Sentinel Dome

Last time we stayed in the tent cabin, we heard folks being "affectionate" next door. Did not know how to explain to our young kids what they were hearing.

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3. Re: Day 9...California road trip...Glacier Point & Sentinel Dome

I love reading your reports!

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