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September 8, 2016

John and Alexis took River to Yosemite for the first time and posted a photo on Facebook today of the three of them hiking to the top of Vernal Falls (well.. two of them hiking, one riding).

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And, oh man, I hope it’s the start of many a family tradition!!!

It brought back a wonderful memory of Jim, Peter and me hiking to the top of Vernal Falls.

It was October of 2005, and the whole family spent a long weekend at the Ahwahnee Hotel (some, like us, stayed in the tent cabins), celebrating Aunt Joy’s 70th birthday.  It was a fantastic weekend, full of fun. Here’s the group…

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Jay’s looking down, Conner’s face is covered, Uncle Vic’s in the shadow of his hat, and Chris is partially obscured, but otherwise, pretty good shot. It looks like Uncle Bud and I had picture taking duties. Since the photo is missing Uncle Bud, here’s a particularly wonderful photo of him taken a couple of minutes prior…

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(He was looking up at Yosemite Falls on a very sunny, bright day!)

Anyway, the reason I went back into this archive was to check out our own pictures of Vernal Falls. Peter, Jim and I went up with Jay and Chris that day and had a fantastic time. Peter was seven and did a great job on the climb:

Here are Peter and Jim grunting up the valley wall amid lovely fall color:

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P and me:

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(He had a very loose tooth on that trip which came out ten days later…. and could have been his first)…

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Back to Vernal Falls…. here are we three at the top:

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I love these guys and this place so much.

 

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