It is October and the summer hiking season
is well over and the coolness of Fall can be felt. The crowds are
definitely gone for the season. But it's a special day, and my idea
is to day trip up to May Lake and summit Mount Hoffman. It is a really
long drive up to the trailhead.
Once there we stretch our legs, feel the chill and snap a 'before' photo.
At May Lake we are feeling the effects of the altitude and the short hike has us taking a long break. I even snooze after lunch. Anyway, here is Lisa in front of Mount Hoffman.
After getting back on the trail we hike up and get some great views. You can see Stuart and Half Dome in this shot.
A little farther along and the summit is in sight.
We split into a summit team, Team 1, Wilson, Stuart and I. The rest are going to take a break under some trees.We hike up the steep slope toward the summit and quickly get out of breath.
Stuart stumbles and gets a cut on his elbow. Blood flows as shown in this photo.
I don't want anyone to be hurting so I decide to call off the summit attempt. We hike the short distance back down to Team 2, patch up the casualty and call it a day. Sorry Stuart... We have an uneventful hike down and drive to a Mexican birthday dinner in Groveland. Thanks to all for the memories. This day was so far my best birthday yet!