Thursday, April 8, 2010

Yosemite National Park; San Francisco Run

I was in Yosemite National Park snow camping this past weekend. 6 of us started from Badger Pass and hiked 7 miles to Horizon Ridge and set up camp. As we unpacked one of us found a wet sleeping bag (from a leaky water bottle). Lucky for us the snow was thin in a few areas and we could make a fire to dry out the bag. I made a burrito that was outstanding (red beans, rice, guacamole, shredded cheese). I also took a complete salad mix from Trader Joe’s.  It was about 10 degrees when the sun went down, but the fire kept us warm. It was good to see my California friends again.

The next morning two of us got up early (most of the group were late sleepers) and headed to a nearby peak with great views.  Me in the picture.

The weather forecast changed from light snow to 2-3 feet of snow, so we packed up and headed for the cars.  One of the guys knew of some apartments/condos that we could rent for the night.  Lucky for us they had one open that could accommodate 6 people.  The next morning our cars looked like this:

The roads were clear so we went to the valley before heading back to San Francisco. The valley was magical covered in snow.

On Tuesday I had the morning free before my flight and got a nice 7.8 mile run in. It was my longest ever, and took 1:26 (including photo and walk breaks). We ran stairs, hills, trails, asphalt, and stopped halfway at the Golden Gate Bridge. It was great.


  1. Hi Mark,
    Wow, you posted some gorgeous pictures:) I would also like to make it to Yosemite National Park some time soon!

  2. What beautiful pictures! What a wonderful trip. I'm glad you were able to find a place to stay in all of that snow. Congrats on your longest run, too.