In the fall of 1970 Ellen visited me while I was going to school in Berkeley, CA. She had come to San Francisco for a meeting of the American Journal of Psychiatry, for which she worked. I borrowed a car, picked her up in San Francisco, and drove us to Yosemite. I had carefully packed sleeping bags but, sadly, forgot that we would also need backpacks for our backpacking trip.
When we got to Yosemite Valley we stopped to look at Bridal Veil Falls, which Ellen to this day (October, 2018) remembers as being wonderful.
Together, the two of us then hiked up to the top of Yosemite Falls - without backpacks, so carrying our gear - and camped. That is a hike up of about 3 miles with an elevation gain of around 3,000'. One reason I gave to Ellen to do this was that it was safer to drink water at the top of the falls, rather than in the valley. One picture below shows her doing so.
The next day we hiked back down and I insisted we go buy some chocolate milk, because that is what I always did on camping trips (now I always buy veggie Subway sandwich either before or after (or both) on a backpacking trip).
Below are pictures from this hiking trip. If you click on a photo, the full size, higher resolution photo on which you can zoom in will appear.
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