we had a short drive through coarsegold to the entrance and then a nerve racking drive thru twists and turns down to yosemite park. nathan and i could have done without that part.the day was hot but we decided to take one of the shorter hikes up to the bridge of vernal falls. it was less than a mile (but all up hill). talk about something that makes you realize how out of shape you are. the reward was beautiful when we made it. the walk down was far easier to me. the best part was dangling our feet in the river at the bottom. the scenery was beautiful and the water crisp. i would have loved to take a swim. back to the car we went for another nauseated drive out of the park....a quick bite to eat at carls jr and a few hour drive to sacramento for a short nights sleep.