We went over Island Pass at 10224′ early in the day. It was such a gradual ascent and long, level area at the top that I had to check my map to see if we were actually on it.
Then it was downhill a little bit, and back uphill to Donahue Pass at 11031′. We had lunch at the pass and continued downhill to Lyell Canyon, where we followed the river all the way to Tuolomne Meadows.
The last ten miles of our 19.7 mile day were almost totally flat so I was cruising. We are in Yosemite National Park now, and I got my PCT permit and bear can checked by a ranger almost immediately.
Chances of thunderstorms were forecast for the whole week, and we got a few drops yesterday, but it started raining a little more today. It was still fairly light, and only for a few miles, so my umbrella kept me dry.
We got to the Tuolomne Meadows campground before dinner and ran over to the store to grab hot dogs to cook on the fire. I spent a relaxing night catching up with some friends I haven’t seen in a little while.