I’ve taken enough trips to know how to design an itinerary the right way. on’t front-load it so much that you give yourself nothing to look forward once the main adventure is over. We’ve all had trips where the homeward slog is just that — a death march back to reality.
“Standing up at the pass, gnawing on a mighty tasty PB&J sandwich made only four days earlier, I see a man steadily trucking up the unforgiving switchbacks. When he hits the pass some minutes later, his wide smile prompts me to react similarly. Funny how relentless exertion in thin air can produce such joy.”
Late this past summer, the author spent the better part of a week hiking through particularly remote areas of Yosemite National Park’s wilderness. He thought he’d be a pioneer by leaving his car at home and riding transit between San Francisco and Yosemite — but it turned out he wasn’t much of a pioneer in that way at all. Part I chronicles: the trip out to Yosemite and the subsequent evening in Yosemite Valley.