May 23, 2015 – After another early breakfast and another foggy/drizzly morning, we made our way to the Tuolumne Grove. There were a few other cars there, perhaps because this is a more well-publicized sequoia grove, or perhaps because there are large and relatively new toilets there. The trail goes down an old logging road; it isn’t long, but is a steady grade. At the bottom there is a grove of sequoia trees, complete with a tunnel tree. Today there were also a few families of woodpeckers, with the babies chirping from inside the trees and the parents warily watching until the hikers passed.
Next we drove through the fog towards Tuolumne Meadows. The road was previously closed, probably due to fog/snow. Along the way we briefly paused to watch a grizzly cub; the mama wasn’t within site, and we decided to keep driving. We were hoping to spend more time in the meadows, but between the water-logged trails and the lack of cell reception, we headed back towards the Merced Grove.
We at a picnic lunch in the car and used our cell phones to sign an offer for our house. The wonders of modern technology. Before going into the valley we took a brief detour to see a few small waterfalls. We were hoping to stop at another through a small settlement, but the bridge was washed out. Dinner was very good philly cheesesteaks, with onions and white cheese from the cafeteria, and a few equally good bottles of local beer.