July 30, 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.