From Mammoth to Yosemite
This was a long and complicated–but ultimately successful–day. It started with driving to Agnew Meadow, just outside Mammoth, where my mom dropped off Takoda and me for a ride over Donohue Pass into Tuolumne Meadow in Yosemite. I was a little concerned about the potential for snow, as Donohue rises over 11,000 feet, but I should have been more worried about the rocky terrain, which was very punishing for Takoda’s shoes and made for slow going. Mom drove ahead to the campground at Tuolumne, and Dad and his friend Richey Smith were also driving up from L.A. to meet us there for dinner. I ended up basically missing the meal, as I didn’t get in until about 10:30 pm, and that was possible only due to the help of some other people in the horse camp there, Dinah and David, who were horse packers themselves and who put out a lantern to guide me to the right trail turning and even came out looking and calling for me in the dark.