November 3, 2012
Mono Meadow Trail
Total distance: 3.5 miles
“Every day is a winding road, I get a little bit closer…” sang Sheryl Crow as I maneuvered the car around Yosemite’s curvy roads. I was meeting up again with Michele and Eli to hike the Mono Meadow trail to Illilouette Creek, about four miles roundtrip. (You can read about yesterday’s hike with Michele and Eli here.)
It was a cold morning as we began the downhill hike through the towering fir trees.
Patches of icy snow from last month’s storm flattened the brown grass in the marshy meadow. A nutcracker’s persistent peck echoed in the distance. Crossing the babbling Illilouette Creek was easy this time of year.
The sandy trail rolled gently up and down through fire damaged trees until we spotted a knoll of granite boulders offering an unofficial overlook.
Perched on the rocks we saw a panoramic view of the Clark Range, Mount Starr King, and Half Dome–different from yesterday’s view.
As we explored the unspectacular trail, we found its simplistic beauty surrounding us.
An interesting find was the fallen tree that was cut to clear the trail. Someone counted and marked the rings in pencil dating the tree back to 1890.
At the end of the trail, Michele, Eli and I said our goodbyes with hopes to meet again soon. Until that time, we will always have these memories of another peaceful and pleasant day in paradise.