Anthony's Wild West 2007 travel blog

Hetch Hetchy

Towards Tuolumne Meadows

View from Tuolumne Road

High Sierra Lake

Typical Yosemite granite dome

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Homicidal squirrel

The wildlife here is amazing; deers, squirrels, chipmunks, all quite close, not too scared of people. And I even saw a wily coyote today in the high peaks.

I was having a coffee on my picnic table this morning when a large projectile brushed my shoulder before exploding into the ground. It was a foot long green pine cone weighing about 2 kilos, having fallen as much as 200 feet from above me. What a crap way to die! I could cope with getting shot in a gas station hold up, driven off a mountain road, mauled by bears or mountain lions or bitten by a rattlesnake, but killed by a squirrel's breakfast? No way, dude!

So today I explored some of the further reaches of the Park, first walking several miles in Hetch Hetchy, which was beautiful and peaceful, and then a few more around Tuolumne Meadows, about 9,000 feet plus. Yet more awesome views on the drive to Tuolumne, though my walking there was curtailed by a thunderstorm.

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