Had most of my stuff packed so soon after I had had a quick breakfast, I checked out of the hotel. I walked about a mile down to route 120, which is the major route transversing Yosemite from east to west. I had planned to hitch from there and if that didn’t pan out take the one daily bus departure at about nine am. I thought it would be a relatively easy hitch and I was right (or just lucky) as the second car that passed me pulled over. It was a retired couple who wanted to see Mariposa Grove today, which is a small area with many enormous sequoia trees. There once was a tree there with a tunnel so that you could drive a horse carriage though it, though I think it has now collapsed. Anyways, they were from Arizona and thought that the best thing about living there was the weather. We could certainly use some of their sunshine back in Denmark. They had met in Africa and she was a brit. I thanked them very much for the ride as they dropped me off at Tuolumne Meadows. I hope that they had a nice time in Mariposa Grove.
Anyways, near today’s starting point were the so-called Soda Springs, because carbonated water was spewing out of the ground. Part of the area was in a log structure possibly to keep animals out. I had a taste (through my water filter) and the water tasted like a club soda that had lost most of its gas but instead had a ton of salt and minerals added. Still, it was kind of cool. Outside the wooden log structure was a deer standing in the warm morning light and drinking a lot of water and looking like it was enjoying it while not minding me. It was a nice start to the day and made me feel glad to be back.
This stretch, the hundred and fifty miles to South Lake Tahoe has been coined the
Physically hardest stretch, so that will be interesting to see. There certainly was quite a bit of up and down on with a quite uneven trail, but also a handful of nice views with the humongously large granite formations that Yosemite is famous for. My backpack was heavy with food so I cut the day a bit short with twenty three miles.