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You’s eh Mighty! Yo send me tea! WHAT?!?!?!

October 15, 2010

It’s pronounced, “yo-SEM-eh-tee”.


Yeah well, at least I wasn’t the one that chose to name the stunning valley by a word that in the native Southern Sierra Miwok language means,

“some of them are killers.”

You can thank L.H. Bunnell of the Mariposa Battalion for that one.  (check out paragraph 5 of that link)  Yet another shining example of the idiocy and disrespect we showered on native tribes.  It seems that the name for the valley should have been, “Ahwahnee”, which roughly means, “large mouth [of a grizzly].”  A romanticized translation would be, “deep grassy valley.”  This was the actual term used by the native people to describe the valley, but I guess it just wasn’t American enough.

But you know what is?


A la mode, no less.

Although there are no apple pie-men walking around Yosemite/Awahnee valley, you will find yourself inexplicably drawn to the rushing glacier rivers, the soft green meadows, the polished granite hills and the wild beauty of it all.

We started super early since we were camping at Devils Postpile, which is about 2 1/2 hours away.  And when I say super early, I mean it: 4 a.m.

It was a rather balmy morning in the eastern Sierras…

…yeah…balmy if you’re one of these guys:

Regardless…you suit up, gear up and shut up.  No room for wussies in nature.  That’s why when we go hiking, we carry our MSR Miniworks Ex water filter with us wherever we go.  It’s extremely important to stay hydrated in higher altitudes, especially if you’re going to be physically active.  We feel so safe and secure knowing that as long as we are near a water source, we will be able to drink fresh, clean water.  It’s so easy and fills up a Nalgene wide-mouth water bottle in no time!  Look how happy Matt is with his MSR Miniworks Ex water filter!

Filtered water never tasted so good.

Our drive into the valley took us along a breathtaking 45-minute scenic route.  Below is Half-Dome in the 6 a.m. light. 

El Capitan greets us as we enter the valley.  That’s 3,000 feet of sheer rock face, in yo face!

We decided to do an easy 3-mile round trip hike up to Vernal Falls…the trail is ridiculously manicured.

Engulfed in beauty.

A beautiful stretch of granite rocks and glacial water above Vernal Falls.

Emerald Pool.  So badly wanted to jump in and take a bath!!!

A numbing foot bath seemed more apropos.

Her diaper was soaking wet…hmmm, probably not so good for the fish…

After some lunch and a little nap on the rocks, it was time to leave.  But leaving here is just as good as coming here…

…and I’m going to continue coming back for a long time.

Next up:  GLACIER FUN!!!!



One Comment leave one →
  1. October 16, 2010 7:17 am

    Ah, the Alisa travelogues continue! Keep ’em coming! That ala mode portrait is kinda creepy. 😉

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