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FAMILY TRAVEL: Lakes & Glaciers in Yosemite

By Jackie Burrell
Sunday, September 28th, 2008 at 6:42 am in Family Travel.

The Kiels at Dorothy Lake, Yosemite
This California family retraced a favorite trek with cousins, grandfather and other relatives in tow. Here’s the scoop on their favorite Yosemite destination, Dorothy Lake.
THE TRAVELERS: Dannie, 10, and parents Dan and Nancy Kiel of Pacheco, plus Dannie’s grandpa, Joe Hammon of Carson City, Nev., and uncle Jim Hammon and cousins Jamie, 12, and Justin, 10, of Idaho Falls, Idaho.

THE TREK: We went to Dorothy Lake, a glacier lake, says Dannie, in the northern tip of Yosemite National Park. The area along the Pacific Crest Trail — accessible only by foot or livestock — was a family favorite hiking area. Grandpa wanted his grandkids to see where their parents spent many summers. The trek began at the Leavitt Meadows Pack station and was a 13-hour round trip by horse.

BEST BEDS: “The best place to sleep,” says Dannie, “was with my cousin Jamie in our own tent!” (Don’t have a tent? You can rent one at REI and other outdoor outfitters.)

MEMORABLE MEALS: “Chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast and rainbow trout I helped catch for dinner.”

OUT & ABOUT: “One day we hiked for about 45 minutes to a glacier or firn, which is pre-glacial ice that does not thaw in summer. We spent about an hour sliding down it!”
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