Day 3 in Yosemite would be marked by a much greater sense of relief and relaxation than the previous 2 days. With all the crowded areas behind us, no long hikes planned, and a clear path to our final destinations and out of the park, it was a decidedly more leisurely day. Although we still managed to see a ton and enjoy (almost) every minute of it.
We checked out Olmsted point and then made our way to the exquisitely beautiful (and cold) Tenya lake.
We ate, swam, rested, and even did some yoga.
After we'd sufficiently enjoyed the lake, I headed back to the car only to make a shocking discovery. My phone was missing. Now it goes without saying that losing a phone is a pain, but not the end of the world. It would however mean the end of my road trip. It wasn't until that moment that I realized just how much I relied on that little gizmo. It gave me directions to all the destinations, saved my maps, helped me find places to eat/sleep/explore, helped me contact friends/family, AND had all my tunes for the road. My heart sank as I retraced all my steps and found no sign of it. After 30 minutes of failed searching, I returned to the car ashamed and disheartened to clean up our lunch and head out. It was then that I happened upon my dear phone, sneakily stowed away in my kitchen supplies. Why in holy hell it was put there is still a mystery, but I didn't care. I was just happy to be reunited.
After carving the words, "I WILL NOT LOSE MY PHONE AGAIN" into my forearm with a pocket knife, we headed out to the meadows for our last walk about.
Yosemite is a huge place, much larger than just the valley that it's customarily associated with. I've still got much more to explore there, but it'll have to wait for another time. Having not seen it all, there were some slight pangs of discontent as I drove out of the east entrance from which I had entered 3 days earlier. However, I was overjoyed that the things I did get to see lived up to my lofty expectations, that I got to experience it all with my buddy, and that my favorite gizmo was safely back at my side.