was a long drive up here.
The day was nice but you can see some typical haziness.
Ah, the water was nice and refreshing.
The fall is great time to visit the valley. The cold rushing waters and crowds have gone.
A real suprise along the trail before the Vernal Falls bridge. This rattlesnake was curled up and still except for a restless blue forked tongue. Check it out.
Vernal Falls is reduced to a stream in the fall.
It still provides a nice mist rainbow. You can get a sense of scale in this photo if you can spot the two swimmers on the rocks. Don't try too hard though, the photo quality is not good enough.
Stuart and Taylor pose at the top of Vernal Falls, this hike was not a problem for them.
Stuart slides down the smooth granite slope into Emerald Pool.
The gang stops on the Vernal Falls bridge as Vernal Falls keeps going behind them.
Half Dome looms in the late afternoon sun.
Half Dome detail.