This trip we stayed in Tuolumne Meadows because it is at a higher elevation and has cooler temperatures this time of year. It's never as crowded as Yosemite Valley, and the beauty blows me away. Massive granite domes and waterfalls everywhere. We swam in rivers and waterfall pools almost every day.
After the long drive through the hot desert we camped off a dirt road by Lake Mono and were treated to a phenomenal sunset.
And then woke up to a phenomenal sunrise.
That morning we drove into the park to secure a first-come-first-serve camp site in Tuolomne Meadows. We also got a backpacking permit and a bear-proof food canister to use the following day. And then we chased boulders! Todd climbed many of the classic Tuolumne problems including "Reach for a Peach," and "The Booze Bottle." I saw bear prints with massive looking claw prints in the dirt too. (But no bears.)