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Wednesday, July 28th
Soda Springs, Yosemite

Jennie and I left the Bay Area around 9am, encountering little traffic on our way to Yosemite. In 3 1/2 hours we'd reached the park entrance, and Tuolumne Meadows before 2pm. We set up our tents and rested for a bit before embarking on a very leisurely stroll to Soda Springs.

Afterwards we settled down to a nice dinner of shrimp rolls. While it was yummy, it wasn't all that filling and I was searching for sweets to satisfy me afterwards. I tried a bite of Kendal mint cake for the first time. Blah.

Lembert Dome at sunset

The sun was setting, and we took the opportunity to walk over to the bridge near Lembert Dome, where some people were fly fishing in the river below. The fish were literally jumping out of the water! The sky was covered with amazing pink clouds. Mounts Dana and Gibbs stood out to the east. I took as many photographs as I could think to take. The only downside was the mosquitoes which buzzed around us the whole time.

Mounts Dana and Gibbs at sunset

Cars racing past Lembert Dome

Back at the campsite, our neighbors were talking about climbing routes, looking over their equipment, and getting ready for the next day's climb. Unfortunately, because of the slope of the ground, we had to put our tents close to their site.

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