Down By the Riverside

July 30, 2013
Tuolumne Meadows

Chris and I packed a lunch then headed to Yosemite National Park where we spent a lazy afternoon by the Tuolumne River.  Up that high it was 20 degrees cooler than at home.

Cathedral Peak

Cathedral Peak

Across the river we watched ground squirrels called picket pins standing sentry while other tiny rodents made their way to the water’s edge for a drink.  We saw mule deer and a variety of birds.  There were a few wildflowers blooming and lots of copper-colored Fritillary butterflies.

Down by the riverside.

Down by the riverside.

A grazing mule deer.

A grazing mule deer.

Alas, our private paradise was interrupted when another couple sat across the river from us, but it was time to leave anyway.  We packed up and headed to the car.  Looking east as we walked out, the mountains in the distance were obscured by the incessant smoke covering most of Central California from the Aspen Fire that started over a week ago.

Looking east at the Tuolumne River.

Looking east at the Tuolumne River.

Walking through the meadow.  Lembert Dome in the distance.

Walking through the meadow. Lembert Dome in the distance.

Before leaving the area, we stopped at the Tuolumne Grill for a soft-serve ice cream cone.  It was a pleasant afternoon and always a treat to get away from the heat.

Three minutes after taking this photo, the ice cream fell on my lap.

Three minutes after taking this photo, the ice cream fell on my lap.

14 thoughts on “Down By the Riverside

  1. Dad

    Another day in paradise! It looks so peaceful and relaxing. Nice that you were able to spend the time together.

    Dad

    PS: I ain’t gonna study war no more! Does Chris, being an Eagle Scout, remember all the words to the “Down By The Riverside” scout song ?

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  2. ellen peterson

    This may sound strange but, I felt a little perturbed at the other couple for invading YOUR special out-of-the-way spot. Someday I will visit Yosemite in person… but until then, I will enjoy the sights through your eyes.

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  3. Kathy

    Sounds like another beautiful day on the hiking trail. Except for when the top of your ice cream fell off! It reminds me of when I drove to town to get ice cream right before that storm and the top of my ice cream fell off, too. So disappointing!

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