Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Pothole Dome

Our final evening in Yosemite was delightfully frittered away atop Pothole Dome, an awesome vantage point above Tuolumne Meadows. Why there? It's as good a place as any to watch the day end and to carefully balance open wine bottles on uneven granite.

A short scramble up from the road, Pothole is easily accessible and, while it's not gigantic, it doesn't take much elevation gain from Tuolumne to have a worthy view. Our agenda was fairly simple: be present and enjoy doing so.

Perched on the side of a cliff for this (and thanks Riley for being such a good lightstand)

Of course, with the current crew, that meant that a few dozen pounds of camera gear pretty immediately got scattered about.

Battered tree in front of Cathedral

There are worse ways to spend an evening than laughing with friends in a beautiful setting and having a glass of wine. I made a couple cool panoramas of Tuolumne Meadows, but those will have to wait for the next post. I'm not stringing you along, I swear...they're just not done.

Theilen crew

Even for an old guy, Matt is showing no signs of slowing down, skipping down the slabs with a big backpack and a toddler balanced artfully. Darkness growing quickly, we retreated back to TPR for more fun, happy to have avoided the typical circus of Yosemite Valley and to have enjoyed the high country.

Tuolumne panos up next!


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