Mile: 927 to 942.5
up/down: 1250/2700 feet
It was the coldest morning we've had so far on the trail. The wind didn't let up overnight and the temperature dropped into the high 20s. It was hard to get going. We were both wearing just about all the clothes we had. Up we went to Donohue Pass, our last time at 11000 feet on the trail. The last couple miles were continuous snow cover so we donned our foot spikes for the last time. We will give up these and our whippet ice axes from here forward. Overall it was an easy pass and the views were nice.
Down the other side there were some steep spots but nothing like some of the earlier passes. Down the glacial head wall and we were in Lyell Canyon. It's a pretty canyon but goes on forever (especially when you can smell the cheeseburger at the end...)
With real food at the end of the rainbow we pounded out the miles and met our friends Terri and Brenda at the Tuolumne Meadows store. An hour later we were eating dinner at the Whoa Nellie Deli at the Mobile station in Lee Vining. If you are in the area we highly recommend a stop. You won't be disappointed.
We're off for a couple days of well earned rest. I'm uncertain of cell coverage as we move through northern Yosemite. I'll get new blogs posted as soon as I can!