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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