We left Bakersfield after a leisurely Sunday morning. Craig found a newspaper, and I made a nice breakfast. Our destination was the Mariposa Fairgrounds located in the foothills below Yosemite, less than 200 miles away, and we were settled in our grassy 50-amp power and water hook-up spot by late afternoon.
The California State Mining Museum was just across the lawn from our spot, so we decided to take a look while the Alfa cooled down. It was over 90F again.
The guy working there seemed very happy to see us, and since we were the only ones there he gave us quite a commentary.
|A large mass of quartz crystals.|
We stayed at the Fairgrounds Sunday and Monday nights. Our reservations in Yosemite were for Tuesday thru Saturday. We decided to take a warm-up hike along the Merced River on Monday. "Warm-up" was an apt description since the day was once again quite hot.
The trail we walked was along an abandoned railroad right-of-way along the river. It had been cleared of tracks and was quite level. It should have been an easy trek and we had the option of going many miles, or only a few.
We stopped at a shaded picnic area for a snack after about 1 1/2 miles. Most of the trail was unshaded and brutally hot. I had a bit of heat stroke a few years back and can't tolerate the heat very well, so after our lunch we turned back.
Before returning to the car, I cooled my feet in the river. The redness of my skin is not sunburn. It is from being overheated! I'm glad we are finally smart enough (sometimes) to turn back.