me and melissa! this is at the very beginning. we just put our packs on and are headed for the trail head! we're in for a long couple of days...we just don't know it yet.
one of many water/picture breaks! in this picture you can see nevada falls in the background. isn't melissa a cute little hiker?
we reached little yosemite valley! or LYV as i like to call it. we'll camp here for the night. looks like dad needs a break...
a sampling of the wildlife we saw while on the hike. this is day two, after a terrible nights sleep. the advil pm was not adequate. but i'm ready for some more hiking! dad and i left mom and mel behind and mad our way to half dome. the animals we saw weren't scared of us at all. the deer was so close i didn't even use the zoom. we saw marmots at the top like the one on the right. this one was a little obnoxious. he was literally eating out of our hands! but so cute! so of course we sacrificed our own stomachs for this fat one.
we paused before getting to the top. part one is over and we are about to embark on the granite steps. can you believe went to the top of this?
granite steps were tough, but i was just about scared stiff on this part! it was so steep! i was basically pulling myself up the whole way!