November 2, 2012
Total distance: 2.2 miles
I like to drive, it’s relaxing. I also like to sing while driving. Today I cruised through the Merced River Canyon on my way to Yosemite National Park and sang my favorite CD songs with Miranda, Josh, and The Band Perry. The yellow trees against the rugged canyon walls were sure signs that fall is well underway.
A week ago my long-time friend, Michele, contacted me to say she would be spending a few days in Yosemite. We decided to meet at the Sentinel Dome trailhead. Chris and I hiked Sentinel Dome on the day Michele hiked Half Dome, July 11, 2011. That morning she and I talked on cell phones from dome to dome.
Together, Michele, her friend Eli, and I–for the fourth time, walked the short distance to the top of Sentinel Dome. It was a cool morning with ice and snow on the road and on the trail, but the brisk walk helped to warm us. After spending a while perusing the view from the top, we headed back to the cars and said our goodbyes. We will meet again tomorrow for another short hike in Yosemite.
While driving home, Josh Turner sang the words, “don’t rush, don’t rush, slow it on down.” He obviously wasn’t talking about driving, but I did slow down and took in the beauty of the golden leaves as the gentle wind blew them off their branches. While stopped, I snapped the photo below of one of two stop lights in Mariposa County. The other one is located on the other side of this one-way bridge: