we had plenty of time to check a few things out after clouds rest
first stop was olmsted point
wandered up on the dome and around the point
had lunch on the ledge admiring the smoky views
drove down tioga road to tuolumne grove
walked down the road and on the little paths admiring the giant sequoias
rained a little bit
both worthy stops along the way to crane flat, where we camped for the night
We had time to hit a couple more spots in Yosemite before heading to camp at Crane Flat. We hit the Olmsted Point and Dome across the street to take in some nice views and then eat lunch. From there it was down to Tuolumne Grove to see the big trees for the first time. We had to wait a couple minutes to park but the crowd wasn't to bad. We did see 3 or 4 people trying to carry out Sugar Pine pine cones. Guess they didn't see the signs.... We got a little rain while here. The trees were awesome. On the hike back up we got to talk to a nice young Lady Ranger all the way back to the car. I think some people thought we were getting escorted out . I was impressed. She answered every question and had done lots of cool hikes in the park. From there it was off to an early night to bed.
Instead of fighting the other tourists, we ventured across the road and climbed up the granite on the north side. Better views, fewer people, and a pathetic bit of exercise. I'm embarrassed to have posted a GPS track for this!
We stopped at Olmsted Point to enjoy the views of Clouds Rest and Half Dome. While at the stop, Cheryl and I hiked to the nearby dome right across the street. There were some excellent views of Tenaya Lake and other parts of Yosemite.
WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.