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Yosemite swimming hole bliss

This picture was taken a few weeks ago, on the same trip as climbing the steep, slippery granite en route to Cathedral Lakes. We went on to explore a new area of Yosemite National Park, and it’s hard to believe that after all these years of visiting, there are still hidden gems such as this one to stumble upon for the very first time.

Walking through the meadow, a well graded trail was meandering alongside the river. “I wonder where it leads, let’s just check it out” was what led me to this unexpected and pleasant surprise. It was so beautiful that we actually returned for a second day and you can find another picture about the area here and here.

There are several small cascades along the way with various pools and swimming holes such as this one that was just too tempting to pass up. I just had to take a dip. It was a warm summer day where you quickly adjust to the coolness of the water. Perfect for achy muscles, and a little swim in an alpine lake always does me wonders. I always feel twice as strong afterwards and everything is moving smoothly as if having received a well oiling. Any swelling and inflammation mostly dissipates and it’s pure magic. Besides,to have a backdrop like this with the Cathedral mountain range in the background, how I could it not be.


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39 thoughts on “Yosemite swimming hole bliss

      1. Why they don’t have it is beyond me…so I made it. Use it, keep it, rely on it…and they will be forced to accept it 😂 🤣
        Probably been refused by one of those English boffins that say it doesn’t ‘sound’ right, doesn’t verb stress and cross its T’s or something so won’t accept it 😂 🤣

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      1. Oh come on lol. Ok so it isn’t bath water but still, hehehe. Don’t be chicken and just brave it. Ok well maybe in the UK it is ticking old on second thought. 🤣🤣🤣


      2. I didn’t say it would stop me… Just that it’s do cold is like thousands of pins in you. I tell you what you feel invigorated after that 😂😂


      1. Awe so sweet, but I’m sorry about the jealous’er. You see I have to do my best to paint a great story and I have a big obligation to you and all others I vicariously take along. 😂😉🙏🏼

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    1. Oh how wonderful. Wishing you safe travels and many special moments. Stay safe and don’t forget your reservation for the park which is still in effect until the end of October and which you need to enter the park. I’m sure you already know.

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      1. Thank you so much 🙂 Yes we decided to take advantage of less crowds until the reservations are in effect, and the weather too comparably warmer still.
        I really loved this swimming hole that you found. Could you share where is the trailhead to get there? I am going with 2 teenage boys who would enjoy being there 🙂

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