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Jan 032014

I had hiked up the trail past Vernal Falls and then Nevada Falls.  I just kept going.  It was threatening to snow up here above 6,000 feet but I just didn’t care.  I was hiking alone, having a great time.  In the most visited National Park we have I ran into nobody out here, just following the Merced River further up towards its source.  At times I would just stop and listen to the quiet.  Everything was so still and frozen.  Even though it was completely overcast there was a brightness from the white snow.  Then, while hiking, I saw this singular smooth rock in the middle of the mostly frozen river.  It seemed to be asking for just a little bit of space within the freezing water.  And there was just enough river flow hitting it to keep it clear.  For now, at least.


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