Yosemite - Clouds Rest
August 26th, 2006 - The hike to the summit of Clouds Rest offers some of the most spectacular views in Yosemite, but surprisingly, very few people make the hike.  Starting from Tenaya Lake, the trail rises to 9,926 ft (almost 1,100ft higher than Half Dome) and with a 360° view from the summit you can see almost every landmark in the park. The view of Half Dome is so clear that you can watch the hikers struggle up the cables from several miles away.

Distance Hiked - 14.5 mile round-trip
Elevation Gain - 2,300 ft
Time Taken - 8 hours
August 27th, 2006 - The following day, we drove up to the Hetch Hetchy dam in the north of Yosemite. It was extremely controversial when it was built (in 1922), as it dams a valley that was once compared to Yosemite Valley. But since it provides most of the water for San Francisco, it's not likely that it will be torn down anytime soon.