Top of Sentinel Dome has magnificent views of Yosemite
On first day, coming back from top of Sentinel Dome, Reenie slips and badly sprains her ankle, so next morning we return home
In spite of sprained ankle, after Sentinel Dome we drive up to Glacier Point and walk to overlook for more great views
Day 1, Monday, June 17, 2019
Summary: We see views from Sentinel Dome and Glacier Point; Reenie badly sprains her ankle.
Bob picks up Reenie and we leave for Yosemite at 6:45 AM. As photo shows, traffic going in opposite direction (fortunately for us) in East Bay is intense.
Approaching Yosemite we get very nice views of Bridal Veil Falls.
As we head out of the valley, up towards Sentinel Dome, we pull over to get views of Cascade Creek, which we had driven over earlier, and Half Dome, which still had a large patch of snow on the top. Half Dome was our intended destination the next day.
Although the parking area at the Sentinel Dome trailhead was crowded, we found a space and started the 1.1 mile hike to the top of Sentinel Dome. As the photos show, we soon crossed a stream, then got views of the dome we would hike up. It being springtime, along the way we saw flowers. Also, a lady with an umbrella (we would have both bright sun and a few showers, so how perfect).
After walking along the trail, we got to the base of the dome and started up. The dome still had some packs of snow. Bob does get a little confused about which direction is up, but fortunately someone has painted an orange arrow on the granite pointing the way.
The views from the top are stunning and of course no pictures completely capture them. We offered to take pictures of other hikers and they in turn took pictures of us.
As usual, we had stopped at a Subway shop on the way to Yosemite. So now we had a picnic. The ambiance could not be beat. What a view of Yosemite Falls!
After lunch we continued to admire the views, walked back down the dome by the snow packs and then hiked the rock/dirt path back to the car. On this return hike Reenie accidentally rolled her foot to the side wrenching her ankle. Reenie walked in spite of the pain to the lookout point and we took some pictures. Bob went to the small store to look for some sort of ankle wrap, but none were available.
Leaving Glacier Point, we then headed to Yosemite Half Dome Village, making a short stop so we could get a video of the Merced River. When Bob checked in, he requested a tent as near as possible to the parking lot and got one quite close, so Reenie did not have to walk too far. Also, Bob was able to get some ice for Reenie.
By the next morning it was clear hiking was not a possibility as Reenie's foot had swollen even more. After Bob picks up more ice and coffee, we eat the granola that Reenie had prepared for backpacking, then we packed up the car and drove home with Reenie's foot being iced and resting on the dashboard. Along the way we made one stop at Cascade Creek, where we took some photos.
Photos and narrative were contributed by both of us: Reenie and Bob
Bob Phillips [phillips bob 27 at yahoo dot com - no spaces]
Santa Rosa, CA