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Southwest Yosemite Backpack, June 27-29, 2008

June 14th, 2010 by

I did a drive down from Seattle to LA from May 30 – June 1. It was pretty pleasant, but really rather a lot of time in the car. However, I had a good travelling companion, and the scenery was mostly good, so , yay.

Definitely pretty, when you can see it. At the time, I was too busy shoving off mosquitoes!

But then, and more to the point, I did a two-night backpack in southwestern Yosemite National Park, dropping south from Bridalveil Campground and doing 30 miles in 3 hiking days (1 afternoon, 1 full day, 1 morning), with about 2300′ of total elevation change, though a bit more up and down on the route itself. My issue of Sierra North (8th ed?) refers to this as the Buena Vista Crest, and I think the current ed refers to it as Royal Arch Lake (ed. – Sierra North has the similar area as Royal Arch, Falcon Guide Hiking Yosemite lists the route we did as Buena Vista Crest). Dave, Gretchen, Erin, and Amittai came along for this sucker. We spent the night before at Summerdale Campground, just south of the park, which I only managed to snag because of a weirdness with it only being listed via direct search on the reservations page. I win, I guess!

We then went north, picked up our permit at Wawona, and then drove up to Glacier Point Road and Bridalveil Campground, where we parked, and began our trip.

Backpacking! (and one pic from the Seattle drive)

Hither and Yon around Washington, DC, Part II (May 2008)

June 13th, 2010 by

Well, still have to talk about the rest of my trip to DC! As I mentioned in the prior post, I went out with Jenny to Antietam National Battlefield and Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. Which meant , in addition to more NPS sites, going out to West Virginia for my first time ever.

Just that easy, eh?

Going out to the locations

Hither and Yon around Washington, DC, Part I (May 2008)

June 12th, 2010 by

Apparently actually showing him in the chair took a bit of doing.

I went to go hang out with Jenny and see some people on a quick trip to Washington, DC from May 15-18 2008. It was all in all a pretty awesome time. I walked for a fair bit along the National Mall, from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial, and then back via the Roosevelt and Jefferson Memorials. Clint also gave me the “standard” I guess tour of the Senate, which also involved a fair bit of walking. The Senate was actually in session, so I got to stare down at little people in their little box. The House only had a few people in the chamber so was much less amusing.

The next day I went out to visit Arlington Cemetery, and then met up with Jenny in Georgetown, after which we went to the Kennedy Center to see the free music there. The following day we went out to Antietam National Battlefield and also a brief sojourn to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park. It was quite the nice drive out and back, and I absolutely got my NPS fix in. Yay!

On my last day there, I ran around doing the Post Hunt with Roger, Jen (different one!) and Clint. That was actually quite a bit of fun!

Senate and Arlington + misc photos and some further discussion after the cut