Kim Carroll

JOURNAL

End of season Yosemite Camping

We usually go camping once a year but it's now been almost two years. The upside is that we've upgraded most of our gear, and we're excited to try it out. I've never had a problem getting a site at Tuolumne Meadows, even on holiday weekends. So when we were told it was booked out we had to completely revise our plans. And we had to do it fast- as daylight was fading...

When we pulled into Saddle Bag lake we were greeted by the camp host Dennis, who immediately asked if were set up for twenty seven degree nights and seventy mile per hour winds. He came off brash so I asked him what time breakfast was served. To which he responded ' for her?' 

After an uneventful night we took the ferry across the lake the next day and being the last day of the year before closing was told the return was sold out. There's a five mile loop in the back country that took us to some of the most pristine lakes I've ever seen. By the time we arrived at Potter Lake I was smitten. My fly rod came out and the sun was reminding us that Summer was nowhere near over. We had the place to ourselves and it was spectacular! Oh, and we caught the last ferry of the season back to the other side. 

Kim Carroll