Trip Report
Son of Flip Flop goes Backpacking in Yosemite
Wednesday June 22, 2016 11:50pm
June 4

My son just turned Seven in May.
On the first Saturday of his vacation we started on our excursion.
Not just a visit to a cherished place, our Yosemite,but also a move for him from Monterey to Reno via North Lake Tahoe. This is how it happened.
You put the kid in the raft, pick up a couple of hitchikers in Fish Camp and go float the Merced River from Stoneman Bridge to El Capitan Meadow. Stop at the beaches and meet climbers and shoot water guns and roll the Gypsy Caravan in for nigh on a week in the new improved Half Dome Village Plein Air Auto Village sans hassle at all even though the POTUS was rolling in. Noawhaimssayin?
Back to the story. After a few pictures.

Credit: Flip Flop

Credit: Flip Flop

Credit: Flip Flop

Credit: Flip Flop

Credit: Flip Flop

Credit: Flip Flop

Getting ahead of ourselves. But it will have to wait. Phone typing etc.
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Flip Flop
About the Author
Flip Flop is a dad climber lost and found in the wilderness.

Comments
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
  Jun 23, 2016 - 07:01am PT
I will ALWAYS remember the first time my parents took me camping in Yosemite as a child
skcreidc

Social climber
SD, CA
  Jun 23, 2016 - 07:49am PT
They grow fast

Indeed they do. Great stuff...memories that will last a lifetime.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
  Jun 23, 2016 - 08:19am PT
Let's see what that last snap is
as important as the young man's picture is this unmistakable
Life shaping memory

I'm in total jello break down, the moms here is starting to espouse a more Book, driven existence for the spawns, it will all balance out.

Good on you for getting out in the real....
For reals, thanx for sharing
You da Dad man-0 doing it right
Daddy-0!
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Author's Reply  Jun 23, 2016 - 09:24am PT

I wasn't about to rob the Hitchikers of their own adventures. They got lost. We beat them to the top of the falls and to camp at Little Yosemite Valley. If you're not young and strong then you get my "Tortoise and the Hare" hiking instruction.

Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Author's Reply  Jun 23, 2016 - 09:31am PT

this just in

climber
Justin Ross from North Fork
  Jun 23, 2016 - 09:31am PT
Sick Bro. You guys heading up this weekend?
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Author's Reply  Jun 23, 2016 - 09:33am PT
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Author's Reply  Jun 23, 2016 - 10:14am PT




Trail buddies make it great.


( TJI I'm all in for Shuteye. Rolled in last night. Ready to go. Woopity whoop woop!

Sasha's hanging with his mama in Tahoe this week.
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Author's Reply  Jun 23, 2016 - 09:49am PT

Trail Serendipity! Brooklyn can join us on any trip ever.
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Author's Reply  Jun 23, 2016 - 10:35am PT
Warning: this is about to go OT.

Thanks for the support, y'all. You people are real to me and are a support during tough times. I hope you enjoy the good times too. SLR, thanks for being above the jab. Squirt boating is dope! Hey Gnome, check out the FB google it find about outdoor kindergartens that's au currant. I'm brimming as well.
Summer session one in the bag: N-Fork-MRY-SierraNF-Bass Lake-Merced River-Yo-Little Yo-HD-HD Village-Trail Buddy Point-TruckeeBikes- Truckee Makers Fair-Baseball-BB's-Legacy Trail-Jailhouse Museum- South Reno-Two wallabies meadows-TenayaSlide-North Fork.




Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
  Jun 23, 2016 - 11:00am PT
As you see,
as much as some of us,
we, go all wobbly,
When only the pity-party comes through.
&
that so little actual good suffering gets to be shared,

we do share in your joy!

Kids swallow up and retain the good times,
time layers the memories, covers them in gold leaf.

So leaving Golden dreams of soon to be's

and what's next ?

With a spark & flame the fun can continue.....
just some Whipped sugar - marshmallows -
the remains of gorp,,
make som-orez !


It is all tiddly-winks, unicorns and rainbows,
the speed at which kids go through this innocent 'little humane' stage !
Cherish it! I see that you don't need to be told....


A fantastic awesome Daddy-o , and it is a reassuring feeling that you are instilling the love for what is to SOME of us the true ONE Religion. !
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
  Jun 23, 2016 - 11:03am PT
LOVE
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
  Jun 23, 2016 - 11:28am PT
Excellent, Flip-Flop. I have no doubt that my very early exposure to camping and hiking in the Valley set my love of the mountains for life. My first night camping in Yosemite happened when I was about 14 months old, and we went camping every year since. I first went up the Mist Trail when I was three, riding my uncle's back for part of the way. We took our daughters up starting about that same age, and they love the mountains, too.

I hope you and your son enjoy many decades of mountain happiness together.

John
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
  Jun 23, 2016 - 11:36am PT
Good luck in your new surroundings (wherever) and you never answered the question, Are you coming? We are building it. Hope my ride comes thru. Gramps needs his Shuteye.

edit: Never mind, I read you have arrived^^^. So grab yer belt and help us build it! :0)
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Author's Reply  Jun 23, 2016 - 01:04pm PT
"Does he Honnold?" You ask. Let's see.
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Author's Reply  Jun 23, 2016 - 01:12pm PT
NutAgain!

Trad climber
https://nutagain.org
  Jun 23, 2016 - 02:20pm PT
Radness!

Work delayed me, but heading out of SF bay right now for shuteye. I look forward to meeting you and planning whitewater misadventures.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
  Jun 25, 2016 - 10:46am PT
Awesomeness,
You have some lucky kidos dad!
looks easy from here

climber
Santa Cruzish
  Jun 25, 2016 - 11:44am PT
Woohoo, family stoke! I always love posts like these. They get me pumped for when my little guy gets big enough to pack out.
BLUEBLOCR

Social climber
joshua tree
  Jun 25, 2016 - 12:29pm PT
Cool! Very Cool! Your doin it right my brother..

It's our reward you know, to share life thru their eyes
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, Bozeman, the ocean, or ?
  Jun 25, 2016 - 05:48pm PT
That is one special trip report!

Susan
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
  Jun 25, 2016 - 07:57pm PT
Great report. Brings back memories of hiking and climbing with my seven-year-old son.

And after a 25-year break, we might be going climbing again this summer. Whoo hoo!
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Author's Reply  Jul 11, 2016 - 02:17pm PT
Back in Tahoe after a trip to Tuolumne Meadows. Our second session started with some rafting and river shenanigans on the Truckee River. Our close friends live on the river and have the sweetest little swimming hole.


The R2 team.


Style points


Back in Tuolumne Meadows for the 4th of July. Making friends in camp.





micronut

Trad climber
Fresno/Clovis, ca
  Jul 11, 2016 - 03:12pm PT
Fantastic. The stuff childhood is made of. Trips like this with dad are the glue that binds a father to a son for the long haul. May you have many more adventures in the days and years and decades to come!

Scott

SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, Moab, Bozeman, the ocean, or ?
  Jul 11, 2016 - 04:00pm PT
You guys living The Life


Susan
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
  Jul 11, 2016 - 04:15pm PT
Well done FlipFlop!!

(Careful, or Jefe will put a picture of Bear Gryhls (sp?) on your thread.
Gnome Ofthe Diabase

climber
Out Of Bed
  Jul 11, 2016 - 05:35pm PT


survival, Big Wall climber, Jul 11, 2016 - 04:15pm PT
Terrapin Station

Well done FlipFlop!!

(Careful, or Jefe will put a picture of Bear Gryhls (sp?) on your thread.



Jefe posting a Bear picture?
To Flips thread?

Uh, ? No , Farmer Bruce(survival ?) That Bear would be spelt Garcia !
labrat

Trad climber
Erik O. Auburn, CA
  Jul 11, 2016 - 05:43pm PT
Great report and pictures! Lucky kid!

What's the deal with that bike? It's really cool looking....
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Author's Reply  Jul 11, 2016 - 06:09pm PT
Thanks y'all.
Nice picture Scott. Yeah, I'm savoring every minute. The last trip was too fun to get the camera out. I'll get around to the stories when the pictures roll in.

The bike was at the Truckee Maker's fair. There is a new Maker's Space opening soon called the Roundhouse. T town has a lot of creative bike people. One local has won the Arcata Kinetic Sculpture Race a few times.

Bonus TR:
Yesterday was a double-up at Donner Summit. First MJ and I climbed Black September and The Labyrinth ( a very deep chimney). Later we took a couple of women travelers on a three hour sunset tour of Donner Peak. Dee-light full.


Inquiring children chased this little dude off a big boulder in Tuolumne, through a pond and over to the tree. (Sorry) Can anyone identify it?
FRUMY

Trad climber
Bishop,CA
  Jul 11, 2016 - 06:24pm PT
Nice TR.

It's good to see the next generation have fun in the mountains.
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Author's Reply  Jul 11, 2016 - 06:28pm PT
Sorry ekat, it's a froggy.

rincon

climber
Coarsegold
  Jul 11, 2016 - 06:53pm PT
Badass!
johntp

Trad climber
Punter, Little Rock
  Jul 11, 2016 - 07:21pm PT
Pretty cool for a 7 year old to do that trail to HD.
this just in

climber
Justin Ross from North Fork
  Jul 11, 2016 - 10:38pm PT
Sasha is a lucky kid and you are a lucky dad flip. As it should be.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
  Jul 12, 2016 - 10:51am PT
Nice way to spend a summer vacation.
Camping and swimming.
No worries at all

Flip... TFPU
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Author's Reply  Oct 29, 2016 - 07:39pm PT








Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Author's Reply  Oct 29, 2016 - 07:46pm PT






Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Author's Reply  Oct 29, 2016 - 08:07pm PT



TWP

Trad climber
Mancos, CO & Bend, OR
  Oct 30, 2016 - 05:43pm PT
Most enjoyable to see these fabulous Father-Son pictures.
yanqui

climber
Balcarce, Argentina
  Oct 31, 2016 - 03:41am PT
Beautiful! They grow up so fast.
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Author's Reply  Oct 31, 2016 - 07:23am PT
Thanks. We joined the climbing gym in Reno yesterday. Sasha set a new background on my phone. He really wants to hike and camp on the top of El Cap. His mom keeps letting him watch Valley Uprising. He likes Chongo Chuck the best.
Flip Flop

climber
Earth Planet, Universe
Author's Reply  May 30, 2019 - 01:22pm PT
I wanted ST to be a memoir for this kid. Dang







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