Yosemite Valley from Clouds Rest

Of all the National Parks I've explored, Yosemite was my first, and remains my favorite. There are so many outdoor icons in Yosemite -- El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, Tuolumne Meadows, The Mist Trail, Glacier Point. But none of these begins … [Read more...]

Muir Hut: Welcome Respite in Kings Canyon National Park

It was our 14th day of a 22-day thru-hike on the epic John Muir Trail. We had hiked over ten miles, climbing over 3,000 feet to reach Muir Pass. At 11, 955 ft above sea level, the air was thin. Our legs were tired. The sun was low, and the … [Read more...]