on day 2, after waking up and eating a quick breakfast, we departed for the main hike of our trip: an 8 mile loop up Vernal falls and Nevada falls via the mist trail, then back down the John Muir trail, a total elevation gain of about 2000 ft. Terri carried Inara the entire way on her back, and I ended up carrying Addie up the steepest part of the mist trail at Vernal falls, but otherwise Addie hiked most of the way up herself. the falls were amazing, hiking up Vernal falls was like hiking inside a rain storm--the rain and mist and driving wind around the falls was wild. the trail was basically steps carved out of rock (680 total steps as one of the kids coming down informed us). carrying Addie up on my back was tough, and if a good samaritan hadn't loaned me one of his hiking poles, i'm not sure how i would have made it, given the steep, wet, slippery steps. but we did make it, and the girls had a blast.
starting out on the trail
Addie overlooking the Merced River
looking back across the valley at upper yosemite falls
Addie wanted her picture by this spring.
Addie climbed this rock and wanted her picture.
a shaky video looking up at Vernal falls from the bridge