With the exception of one Chernobyl-style melt down when I had to break the news that, sadly, Tia Ashely had eaten the rest of her goldfish, Munch did very well on the long drive.
We arrived on the valley floor in good time and stopped by Bridal Veil Fall before starting our planned hike of the day. Deciding to forgo hiking boots and rain gear for just a few minutes longer, we lumber out of the van in flip-flops and cotton sub-layers and headed for the base of the fall.
Rain started falling, heavier and heavier, as we approached the base. I looked up into a cloudless blue sky and then down at my wet child and pondered the stupidity of the decision to venture out unprepared. It was not rain that was making our clothes heavy, it was water ricocheting off the nearby rocks. We were soaked through before having even started our hike. Perhaps this was a penance for some disdainful comments I had made about the busloads of tourists and their matching yellow ponchos.
Better equipped, we made our way up Vernal Fall along the Mist Trial. The spring snowmelt hurtled off the fall's 317ft precipice and onto the rocks below, aerosolizing the water into a thick mist that hung on either side of the falls. Water runs continually down the uneven staircase that is carved into the side of the cliff, and I worried about Lincoln's footing with Munch strapped to his back.
We were rewarded at the top with a rainbow view and unobstructed sunshine to dehydrate our water logged clothing.
We had reason to be concerned that Munch would not tolerate the six-hour hike well. A few weeks ago we went for a much shorter hike around Lake Berryessa. Twelve inches from his ear, Munch treated her daddy to uninterrupted soliloquy that consisted of "I AM TIRED NO MORE HIKING I AM HOT WHERE'S THE CAR MY LEGS ARE BURNING MOMMY IS BURNING I HUNGRY
White men can't jump. Especially in sync or for the purposes of appearing to have just leaped off the falls.
Wait. Was it on "three"? Or just after? You go first.
But she didn't say "three" yet!
Congrats guys. That's the one.