On Wednesday, Belinda and I hiked from Toulolomy Meadows, up in the "high country" out to Cathedral Lake. It has nothing to do with the Cathedral Rocks, down in Yosemite Valley. Not sure why they used the same name for the rock formation down in the valley when they already have a mountain named Cathedral Peaks up in the high country.
At any rate, it was supposed to be a 3.5 mile hike ... but, since they don't mark the trails in the winter, and there was still a great deal of snow ... well, okay, we went off trail a bit. No, that's not a nice way of saying that we got lost; we knew exactly where we were (consulted the topo map a few times), we just didn't know where the heck the trail was. It may have been much easier going on the trail ... as we had some real difficult spots ... crossing streams and marshes (which were covered with snow -- always fun to fall through the snow bridges into a few feet of ice cold water.
When we finally waded out to some rocks by the upper lake, I only had about 45 minutes to do some painting so that we could hike back out while there was still light. It was a blast to paint ... what I got done, anyway. It's definitely one of my favorite spots in the park so far.
On the way back we came upon some backpackers who had spent the last several days hiking up from the valley. They were in need of a little assistance. They were three very nice, post grad biology students. We gave them a rade back to the valley and enjoyed thier company for the evening as they pitched their tent in our front yard. I hope that we get to see more of our new friends. I also hope to get back to do some more painting in the high country.