Our hike to Vernal Falls started with us having absolutely no idea what to expect. Reluctance, artificial confidence, a dream-like state of mind that we would be venturing out into the wilderness. The views were breathtaking…such great heights and all the things to see between the many lines of horizon. Where the stone meets the trees and the trees meet the sky. It was incredible. These photos don’t nearly do it justice. This was our first hike in a National Park and to say that it changed our lives would be being modest.
Once we made it to the top of the staircase next to the giant waterfall it began to storm. Lightning and thunder and giant raindrops. Luckily we were no longer on the sand and over-spray drenched tiny stairway over-looking the hundreds of feet drop to the falls. I would have freaked out. We took cover under a giant tree, ate our snacks and waited out the rain with about 50 other adventurous tourists! The whole experience was refreshingly rough and very survivalist save for the hoards of folks in flip-flips donning their iPhones and selfie sticks. We definitely learned to avoid the popular times and the popular hikes but Vernal Falls cannot be missed. You’ve got to see it if you’re in Yosemite!