Mount Dana

A Yosemite Anniversary

A Yosemite Anniversary

On our 7th wedding anniversary, Onur and I stood on the 13,061-foot summit of Mount Dana, the second highest peak in Yosemite National Park. It had been a steep, rickety, muscle-shivering climb, and we were elated. Mount Dana was a training hike of sorts, a test to see how Onur’s body reacted to hiking a challenging trail in thinner air. Next weekend, he’ll be attempting Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the contiguous United States, elevation 14,505 feet.

I first heard about Mount Dana when training for Mount Whitney last year, so when thinking about what hikes we wanted to do on our trip, it seemed like a good choice: We could see how Onur would do at altitude before Whitney, and it would be a new and challenging hike for the both of us. I also found out it was a new moon on Friday night, August 30, so I was excited to try to capture the stars and Milky Way. Following our tradition of getting up early to watch the sunrise at Mount Rainier, we also woke up early to watch the sunrise at Glacier Point. Here’s a bit more about those three adventures PLUS, in honor of our upcoming move, a recipe for microwave scrambled eggs! What?!? Happy weekend :)