May Lake 2020 6/29/20

Zephyr, Laura, Grandma H and I went for a lovely short hike to May Lake, taking advantage of the short drive afforded to us by base-camping at our Twain Harte cabin. Knowing that our Yosemite Pass was a precious commodity during the Time of COVID, we wanted to make sure we got at least two hikes completed this summer in Yosemite. The hike to May Lake is short and steadily climbs 500' in just over one mile. Normally extremely busy during the summer, COVID had reduced the number of folks in the area to late-autumn numbers. It was very peaceful and quiet and with an anomalous low pressure system overhead, the temp only reached 55 degrees. The lack of crowds also was apparent in the results of our fishing. Z caught a lovely 13" brookie, got excited and called it a day with his goal of catching a fish having been accomplished. I went on to catch and release another 10 brookies (10-12") in the next 30 minutes. It was a lovely, perfect day. And oh yeah, the geology here is first rate!
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Unnamed pond in at the May Lake Trailhead.
Shooting stars along the trail near a dried seasonal pond. Sierra Nevada only received ~40% of its average winter snow.
Z used the log to explore the shooting stars and to be a kid.
Z explores the joints in the awesome Half Dome granodiorite.
Z explores the joints in the awesome Half Dome granodiorite. The black minerals are biotite and hornblende.
Grandma leads the way up the horse steps.
Z will look upon these photos with great pride as an adult.
Laura gets her first glimpse of Mt Hoffmann's false summit.
Grandma hikes ahead while Laura and Z admire the Half Dome granodiorite.
Fun times.