23.08.2016 - 23.08.2016
Today is classed as a free day - free but we still have to be up and away for 7am to get into Yosemite village which will take about an hour and fifteen.
I was actually awake just after five listening to some funny noises and bangs, I was convinced it was a bear trying to get into the trailer to get our food - that's what it sounded like to me so I unzipped a bit of our tent and peeped through the zip but couldn't see anything, turns out it was blummin Kelsey messing about in the trailer - grrrr, I soooo wanted it to be a bear!
Breakfast was an everything bagel with peanut butter. My plan today is to either option 1) do rock climbing, 2) horse riding or 3) hiking in that order. Kelsey pointed me in the direction of the mountaineering centre so I scooted in, there was one all day climbing session which should have started ten minutes beforehand but there was a delay so I could join them - yeaaaaay! , it was a beginners session but I was ok with that cos indoor climbing and outdoor climbing are very different and I just enjoy it regardless of difficulty. There should have been four of us but one guy didn't turn up so it was just me and a mum and son (Vicky and Nick from Dallas) and our guide Bob (or Bill), It was a really good day, we got to do four climbs which weren't the easiest and a couple of abseils and it was really good fun and my poor arms, fingers and toes were knackered by four o clock when we'd done. I was glad it was such a small group, Bob (Bill?) was happy to answer all the questions that I chucked at him or show us particular techniques and he happily set up an abseil where we all anchored each other from the top of the cliff, that consisted of lots of knots and stuff that I've forgotten already. He was also happy to stop for a lunch break when my belly told him I needed food - cheese and jalapeño bread roll with the veggie ham stuff aaaand cheese and jalapeño Cheetos which they all tried and loved - they are my new favourite snack, although Bill (Bob?!) told me I needed to try jalapeño kettle chips as he thought they were slightly better.
I met up with the others and we ate dinner at the pavilion at Half Dome Village (not a camp dinner - yeaaay) which was a bit like a giant school dining hall (apart from we could drink beer), I had mushroom lasagne a giant spud (not a jacket spud like we know it tho) and mushrooms - the must have known I needed mushroomy spuddy nourishment after my day climbing - ha ha!
The others had been hiking near Half Dome and the views were supposed to be amazing and I'm a bit sad that I didn't get to see that bit but I'm still glad I climbed instead. The hiking is on the to do list for my next road trip. On the way back Kelsey made sure I got to see Half Dome and El Capitan (both famous climbing routes) and stopped off so I could take a few pictures - bless her.
I snoozed on the bus on the way back to camp and the plan was to head more or less straight to bed but a bottle of wine was calling and I stayed up with my new drinking buddies Kim and Mick (part of me wishes these guys had been with us all a long but my liver / the weighing scales are glad that they weren't) and Emily and Kelsey and then it got a bit surreal - we were joined by a teletubby and a giant Easter bunny - no i hadn't taken any drugs or got sun stroke! it was a couple of other tour leaders who were a bit nuts and were going round the group campsite making shadows on people's tents while dressed as a giant bunny and la la - they even ended up in the tent with Caitlin and Michelle - ha ha. There was a non funny bit when Molly spotted them and got really scared (she's petrified of stuff like that) but they soon left her alone when we asked them to. After a mad hour or so I toddled off to my tent and was soon fast asleep after a pretty fabulous day.
Steps: 11,062. / 4.4miles