Monday, July 27, 2009

A Pleasant Diversion at Dana Gardens

Laboring up a trail that led from the eastern entrance of Yosemite, at almost 10,000 feet, we walked one late afternoon up to Dana Gardens, which is a part of Dana Meadows.

Here we found a variety of wildflowers: lupine, monkey flowers, Indian Paintbrush, wild onion, mountain asters, alpine goldenrod. The landscape was more beautiful than I had anticipated.

And, above 10,000 feet, where the breathable air is one third less than it is at sea level, we found breathing somewhat of a chore whenever we headed uphill. The view of the flowers made that uphill climb worth the effort. It was another good day to be alive.

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