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Post by balzaccom » Mon Aug 22, 2016 7:35 am

We wanted to do a short backpacking trip in Yosemite with our daughter, and we were lucky enough to get a walk-up permit for a pass-though to Glen Aulin. We knew this route, since we'd hiked in last year, and it met all of our criteria: some nice views, lovely walking along a river, the opportunity for some real solitude, and easy enough that we could do the hike and still get back home to Napa on our way out.

And did we mention that permits were available?

Off we went.

The trail along the Tuolumne River is full of deep pools, cascades, and spectacular waterfalls. We enjoyed every minute of it. And once we got to Glen Aulin, we were happy to top up our water bottles at the backpackers campground there, and continue up Conness Canyon until we were well beyond the reach of the rest of the hikers.

We pressed on past the narrow gorge or Conness Creek, and then found a quiet spot up on a shelf above the creek. It was very peaceful, and well-hidden from the trace of a use-trail that follows the creek at this point, and it made a perfect camping spot for our little group.

A quiet afternoon, with naps and cups of tea, followed the hike. I fished a bit, while the two ladies went wading in the creek.

After a luxurious five course dinner (soup, couscous with paneer, lentils and rice with Indian spice, dried fruit, a couple of dessert energy bars, and a sip of brandy apiece, we finally turned in. The skies were cloudy, but we only got a light rain, and that came after we were already bedded down in the tent.

The next morning we packed up, packed out, and were at the car in time to eat lunch in Groveland.

OF course, one thing we learned is that our daughter is in better shape than we are, and we could not keep up with her apparently effortless pace. Youth is a thing of beauty. But next time, she gets to carry the heavy pack!

Some photos are here: https://sites.google.com/site/backpackt ... inyosemite

And book another great hike in the family album.
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Re: Family hiking

Post by Jimr » Mon Aug 22, 2016 8:57 am

I can't see any photos on your blog, just missing link icons.
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Re: Family hiking

Post by The Other Tom » Mon Aug 22, 2016 1:03 pm

I can't see the photos either.

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Post by balzaccom » Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:06 pm

Should be fixed now that Google has the photos posted up. If not, I'll have to try another fix...
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Re: Family hiking

Post by balzaccom » Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:16 pm

They also show up on this message board post: http://www.trailspace.com/forums/trip-r ... 79564.html
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Re: Family hiking

Post by Jimr » Mon Aug 22, 2016 10:36 pm

Nope, all links show broken. Can't wait to see them once you get it figured out.
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Re: Family hiking

Post by balzaccom » Tue Aug 23, 2016 9:01 am

Ok--my smarter daughter suggested this hack

https://goo.gl/photos/gWua8o8x8gd2eAJi6
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Re: Family hiking

Post by The Other Tom » Tue Aug 23, 2016 3:39 pm

The new link works. Great pics ! Love the wildflowers :)

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Re: Family hiking

Post by sambieni » Tue Aug 23, 2016 3:55 pm

I wanna know more about how you planned out your dinner. That sounds fabulous. Menu info, etc is truly welcome.

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Re: Family hiking

Post by balzaccom » Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:11 pm

Soup: Kikkoman Miso Soup---a staple on all of our trips. Weighs nothing--takes up no space. Cooks instantly with hot water. Great for hydration. We love it.

The couscous we bought at the local grocery store, and included pine nuts. Very easy to cook--just add hot water and 2 tsp oil, stir and let sit for five minutes--you're good to go.

Over the couscous we poured a package of TastyBites Paneer. This was a little awkward, because you have to heat it in the package...but we just set the package into the pot with the hot water. When the water boiled, the Paneer was also ready.

And the final dish was a package of freeze-dried Mary Jane's organic Lentils and Rice with Indian Spice from REI.

All of this because there were three of us, not two, and our daughter is a vegetarian.

On our own we would have had freeze-dried lasagna or something...grin.
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