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September 19, 2009

It had been a source of some personal shame than I had never been to Yosemite until I was 60.  A bad infection that had sidelined me for several months was finally getting under some control, and my wife was attending a conference at the Tenaya Lodge, which is about 4 miles from the south Park entrance.  I went in the first day and hike Chilhuana Falls, which as my wife noted, made me just blossom.  It was a great day hike, and I added on some more stuff to make it about 17 miles.

The next day, we did the Yosemite Village stuff, which was on a Sunday, a week before Memorial Day, hot and crowded.  It was nice, but we had enough and left.

The day after, I did a hike out Glacier Point to a view, and then walked 6 miles along the road rather than doubling back.  Bad idea. 

The following day, we went over and did Kings Canyon and Sequoia.  We got great views from Moro Rock and the Generals Sherman and Grants tree.  While I got into Kings Canyon, I need to go back and camp there some time.

I did two more day hikes in Yosemite, one into a backcountry lake and another out to the rim overlooking the valley.  No question that the Glacier Point road is the best way to see the park.  I suppose sometime I need to hike to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls, but I was satisfied with what I did.