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Morning Coffee with Half Dome

Yosemite Washburn Point

WhereGalsWander-Washburn Point, Yosemite

I’ve written previously about my goal not just to see Yosemite, but to experience Yosemite.  We started out with the goal of watching the sunrise Glacier Point, but we missed the sunrise, so we were no longer racing the clock.  You can follow the clock or the compass, so we decided to take a “quick peek” at Washburn Point.  I’m so glad that we did. Read on as I wax poetic over my morning coffee and the mountain air, and some of the greatest views I had the chance to capture during our time at Yosemite.

WhereGalsWander-Washburn Point, Yosemite

It was our second day in Yosemite, and we shook the kids out of their bunk beds in the cabin, and we took the long, quiet road into Yosemite National Park.  When we arrived late yesterday afternoon, we asked the guard at the gate if she had any tips for us.  She said to arrive early, and you must see the following sites:

  • Yosemite Valley
  • Bridalveil Falls
  • Mariposa Grove (which was closed during our trip for restoration)
  • Tunnel View
  • Glacier Point
    WhereGalsWander, Washburn Point, Yosemite.

We arrived at Washburn Point as a spontaneous stop on the way to Glacier Point.  It was just after six in the morning, and the sun had risen but had that soft, sleepy glow over the mountains.  It was like the valley was just opening its eyes slowly.  We knew we found a great spot when we pulled in and the first thing we saw was a group of hikers cooking bacon, eggs, and coffee over a stovetop from the back of their vehicle.  They smiled and nodded when they saw us, gesturing for us to the coffee pot. It was almost like being in church, or theater, where the beauty commanded silence and reverence.  We made a mental note that next time we came to bring a hot plate to plug into the car as well. I can still smell the bacon.

WhereGalsWander-Washburn Point, Yosemite
WhereGalsWander-Washburn Point, Yosemite
WhereGalsWander-Washburn Point, Yosemite

It was a brisk, chilly morning, starting at 48F degrees, bundled in a knit cap and scarf and sweatshirt. We just couldn’t bring ourselves to leave, with each minute the sun rose higher, the light and the shadows changed, making it into an entirely new landscape.  And in the center of it all, Half Dome rose almost as high as the rising sun. I sipped my coffee, watching the show, shivering slightly at first but then loving feeling the warmth under the bright sunshine. I unbundled my layers, and my T-shirt “Morning Coffee and the Mountain Air” was the unconscious A perfect accessory to our spontaneous stop.

WhereGalsWander, Washburn Point, Yosemite.
Morning Coffee & The Mountain Air
WhereGalsWander-Washburn Point, Yosemite

It was a brisk, chilly morning, starting at 48F degrees, bundled in a knit cap and scarf and sweatshirt. We just couldn’t bring ourselves to leave, with each minute the sun rose higher, the light and the shadows changed, making it into an entirely new landscape.  And in the center of it all, Half Dome rose almost as high as the rising sun. I sipped my coffee, watching the show, shivering slightly at first but then loving feeling the warmth under the bright sunshine. I unbundled my layers, and my T-shirt “Morning Coffee and the Mountain Air” was the unconscious A perfect accessory to our spontaneous stop.

At this point, my teenage girls were becoming restless after an hour and about a hundred photos, and I pulled myself away from the snow-topped mountains and helped my youngest hop back to the car on her crutches (for more on that story, and more photos, read my blog on Yosemite For First Timers, Including One on Crutches. Coming up in my next blog: My Adventures Hiking At Glacier Point. For now, sip your coffee and enjoy some amazing morning photos of Half Dome.

WhereGalsWander, Washburn Point, Yosemite.
WhereGalsWander, Washburn Point, Yosemite.
WhereGalsWander, Washburn Point, Yosemite.
WhereGalsWander, Washburn Point, Yosemite.
WhereGalsWander, Washburn Point, Yosemite.
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