Blaise Pascal, PenseĆ© 347: “Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature; but he is a thinking reed. The entire universe need not arm itself to crush him. A vapor, a drop of water suffices to kill him. But, if the universe were to crush him, man would still be more noble than that which killed him, because he knows that he dies and the advantage which the universe has over him; the universe knows nothing of this. All our dignity consists, then, in thought. By it we must elevate ourselves, and not by space and time which we cannot fill. Let us endeavor, then, to think well; this is the principle of morality.”

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

The Panorama Trail, from Glacier Pt. to Nevada Falls, and Down the Mist Trail

June 2, 2012. The start of the trip (8.5 miles altogether), from Glacier Pt.:

For my fellow outraged colleagues at Fresno State, a view of a very dangerous parking lot in Camp Curry from Glacier Point. Way too many trees for public safety:

Start of the trail from Glacier Point:

Upper Yosemite Falls:

Starting to circle around Half Dome; Nevada Falls on the right:

Stream from Illouette Falls:

Me, with sunscreen and a few too many pounds:

Now, getting to see some of Quarter Dome:

Looking way back across the Valley as we near Nevada Falls:

Liberty Cap and Nevada Falls:

Now we get to see more of Quarter Dome:

Coming down Nevada Falls: a tough trail if you have a bad knee:

At the bottom of Vernal Falls. It took us nearly seven hours. We were in no hurry:

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