Step one: our trip was to visit OK city memorial which is kind of depressing in terms of vacation planning and fun to be had, and the city itself was pretty run down and devoid of activity even outside of the downtown area. Step two, it was like 105 degrees outside and due to the insane lack of parking for such a small city, we had to walk endless blocks to get to our destination. Step 3: I unfortunately ended up with heat stroke, and passed out right onto the hot hard concrete. Step 4: The hotel we stayed in was awful. Someone down below us ended up getting into some sort of domestic argument at 3 in the morning, cops were called. Step 5: Ended up accidentally dropping my car keys/house keys at the hotel, and didn't find out they were gone until we were hours away.
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Hiking in Yosemite in very adverse weather. It poured every afternoon. Thunder, lightning, and hail.
Our plan was to hike to Little Yosemite Valley and go on a number of day hikes from there. The first day we arrived my friend and I got separated from my other friend due to a mudslide when the two of us had to go down to the Valley for supplies. That was one of the most AWESOME thunderstorms I have ever seen! The next day, the road was reopened and we were reunited. The next day, we hiked up to Little Yosemite Valley in another raging thunderstorm. Vernal and Nevada falls were so roaring that it left a ringing in our ears. We spent the next few days getting drenched on short aborted hikes or hunkered down in our tents reading while the heavens opened up. Once I was caught out by the Merced River in a hail storm. IT HURT! Bears every night, but they always bothered someone else. At night it was always clear but everything was wet. The stars were enchanting. We got up before the dawn on the last day and made it back down to Yosemite Valley before the daily afternoon thunderstorm.
Now, this was my worst vacation insofar as we didn't accomplish our mission (to hike up Half Dome and other places), but I still had a great time. It was something of an adventure. We learned to be better hikers and campers. My friends and I are still happy we went.0