Yosemite Part 3

We spent our 5th and final night at the base of Half Dome. We woke up at 3am to hike the 3.5 miles to the top… in the dark. I was a scared little bunny. Anyone ever seen Blair Witch Project? Yeah, just like that. Imagine… me and my little headlamp, and a whole lotta dark forest. Worth it? – yes.

I made it! This bunny was at 8,842 feet.

Me and Mimi waiting for sunrise.

Looking down? A big mistake.

Well worth the wait.

Well worth the wait.

When I was scared, she held my hand.

When I was scared, she held my hand.

I was all the way up there! ... Half Dome: conquered. Farewell to the biggest granite beast I've ever seen.

I was all the way up there! ... Half Dome: conquered. Farewell to the biggest granite beast I've ever seen.

After the Half Dome hike, we made our way down the Mist Trail back to our car at Curry Village. We passed lots of waterfalls on the way down. What’s next? Redwood National Forest!


Yosemite Part 1

These photos are from days 1 and 3 in Yosemite. When we arrived, we did a little sight seeing on the valley floor, then made our way to the backpackers camp where we set up tent for the night. We woke up real early the next morning to catch a bus up to Tuolomne Meadows, where we began our 5 day hike in the backcountry!

Entrance to Yosemite - you can see El Capitan on the left, Half Dome in the middle, and Bridal Veil Falls on the right.

We pulled over at Bridal Veil Falls to get a closer look.

I found Bambi in the parking lot at Curry Village.

The next morning: I really didn't have to hike much... usually I just hitched a ride in my Mimi's backpack. She was nice to let me come along.

About three miles out of Tuolomne Meadows. The river was so pretty, some parts of it even looked kinda tropical!

After 7 miles, we reached the last "uppety" part of the hike... then on down to Evelyn Lake, where we spent the night.

Evelyn Lake is off in the distance just below that mountain, but here is where we set up camp.

mmm teriyaki chicken for dinner! Wasn't too bad for a freeze dried meal.

It was a long day. night night!

All in all, a solid first two days. Probably the most difficult day of the whole 5 day hike was the second… we brought too much food, and couldn’t get the bear canister to close. Was also raining while we set up tent. Oh… and Mommy woke up in the middle of the night to what she thought was a bear. Not so much – just a permit tag swaying in the wind on the side of the tent. Silly Mimi.

My, what big trees you have!

So I began my two week long adventure, hopping around from one National Park to another.

My first, and “biggest” stop on the trip: Sequoia National Park – known as The Land of Giants. And boy they weren’t kidding – these trees are the worlds largest. Wait till’ you see what I found!

Almost to the big trees!

This is Sherman Tree - the largest!

I always thought I was a pretty decent sized bunny... until now.

Sitting in a cross section of a giant sequoia.

At the end of the Sherman Tree Trail, I saw a BEAR! A BIG, MEAN, MAN EATING BEAR! Okay, okay - he was a tiny, cute, harmless little black bear. But still, pretty cool?!

I could see Kings Canyon National Park from Sequoia.

Next stop, Yosemite!

The Beard… wasn’t so feared.

Tonight, I was a lucky bunny. I went to see the Giants play the Mets at AT&T park with my Mimi. I dressed up as my favorite player, #38 – The Beard. Mimi strapped me to a big sign that she held up during the game. I felt like a bearded bunny badass.

My first time at AT&T!

I saw this sweet Willie Mays tribute statue.

We had great seats.

Here I am on my sign that Mimi holds up!

Let's go Giants let's go!

See the Coke bottle and Mitt? They were HUGE! Too big for Bunny.

I made a friend named Adam. He was nice enough to hold me up real high on my sign so Wilson could see me!

I had been waiting all night for this - do you see the resemblance?

Wilson didn't do too well, so Bochy took him out... I gave him some pointers after the game. I still had lots of fun even though the Giants didn't win.

Blues Bunny 2011.

Today, I went to the first Tuesday Bluesday concert with the Maita Fam. This free concert is held at Squaw Valley every Tuesday in July and August with tons of super cool blues artists. This is the band I saw play: http://www.johnnemethblues.com/.

The welcome banner... do you think they did this just for me?!

I was greeted with a Corona. Beer for Bunny!

The drummer invited me backstage!

All Aboard!

After a day in the city, I took the train back up to the cabin. What a ride!

Here I am at the Amtrak Station in Emeryville, which is just outside of Oakland. I took a bus from the city over to the station.

Here comes my train – the Zephyr #6. It goes all the way from the Bay Area to Chicago and back again.

I picked a good seat.

After the train started down the track, I roamed the different cars. There was a coach car, dining car, sleeper car, and the lounge car - where I am in this photo. The whole car was for sight seeing.

The train went by the Sacramento River down in the valley. I had really great views the whole way to Tahoe.

It was beautiful.

Right before we got to into the Tahoe area, I saw Donner Lake. There were so many different boats cruising around.

When I got off the train in Truckee, my Kiki was there to pick me up!

A Cozy Night In.

After a long and gloomy day at the lake, a cozy night in was just what I needed. Mimi, Kiki, Sarah, and I cuddled up for sangrias, baseball, and a friendly game of Scrabble.

The evening started off with a game of Scrabble. I spelled the word "Zarf", for 48 points! (it's a metal cup to hold coffee? - thanks, Scrabble Dictionary).

Om nom nom... homemade sangria.

I sipped my sangria couch-side during the Giants game.

Mimi made a cobb salad for dinner... unfortunately, no carrots.

Do you think my bunny butt is as nice as Zito's? Oh, and Giants win, 6 to 3.

I REALLY Love Lucy.

Today was the final regional class. Lucy was good. Mimi was good. They were good together… bringin’ home the roses!

Mimi and Lucy heading to the warmup arena before their class.

Waiting for Mimi and Lucy to enter the show ring.

Here they are!

I'm watching the ringmaster put the roses on Lucy.

Number One.

Lucy was such a good girl after her class, Mimi let me give her a carrot.

I think Lucy got tired of me pretty quick... must have invaded her personal horse bubble or something.

But in the end, she gave me a big kiss before she got on the trailer to head back to AZ.

This is the man who hauls her alllll the way back home. His name is Mike. He promised to take good care of Lucy.

I Love Lucy.

I met Mimi’s horse, Lucy for the first time today. When we arrived in Santa Barbara, we went straight to the Earl Warren Show Grounds. Mimi had a lesson on Lucy, and then Mimi/Kiki and I went on an adventure around the town.


We said hello. It was either this... or sniffing her butt.

Before Mimi got on for her lesson, she let me hop on! SO HIGH UP!

This one was more my size.

After Mimi's lesson, we headed out to State Street in Downtown Santa Barbara. I made a friend - his name was ALSO Bunny!

Santa Barbara Marina.

While walking around the docks, we saw the fishermen pulling in their catch - Sea Urchins! Some guy picked one up, cracked it open, and slurped all the goop out. YEHCK!

We walked along the beach near the marina... I failed to see the warning.