Thanks for a hike of a lifetime. I just wanted to let you know what an extraordinary time we had on our customized hike. Peggy and I were just blown away by the beauty of it and are so grateful for you expertise in leading us to some spots we never would have found on our own. We especially enjoyed your bits of knowledge of the park and its history plus the hints on how to take good pictures. And thanks for extending your day a bit so we could do the trek down to the grove in addition to the lookout, you are awesome! I am so impressed with Catherine’s and your attention to detail. It’s obvious that you love what you do and are cultivating an environment for others to appreciate this gorgeous national park as much as you do.
If you’re traveling with recalcitrant teens, consider YExplore as an antidote. In the hopes of enticing our teenage daughters–avid hikers, not!–to get off the beaten trail, we contacted YExplore in late July and arranged for John to lead us on a hike. I warned him about the sullen teenager thing. He said he had just the outing in mind, not too strenuous, which would end with a relatively easy climb. “Don’t feel bad if they don’t want to go uphill,” I said. The day went about as well as it could have gone. John was terrific with our teens–friendly, low-key, and engaging. (In other words, way younger and cooler than their parents.) And the girls liked him. He took us first on a hike to Taft Point, a dramatic view of Yosemite Valley and El Capitan from a height of several thousand feet, with terrifying drop-offs. That got everyone’s attention. Then he brought us to a hill that we all climbed, astonishingly, without protest for more great views. It was a memorable outing, which I regularly return to in my mind’s eye. We did get off the beaten track. And our daughters got to experience thrills and a sense of accomplishment that we could never have coaxed them to on our own.
Just wanted to thank you again in arranging the photo session and fantastic hike on the Mist Trail. My son and I had a wonderful time in the beauty and serenity of Yosemite thanks to your personal attentiveness and detailed knowledge of the park. I look forward to working with you in the future when we return to Yosemite, perhaps with other members of my family. For other clients who might be wondering, I would definitely recommend visiting Yosemite Valley in the offpeak periods such as the winter when there are fewer people, the weather is still reasonable and and you can appreciate the natural beauty without the crowds. Of course, seeing the bears in their natural habitat and a mountain lion while on the hike with John was a highlight of the trip!
On behalf of my group, thank you so much for a wonderful Yosemite Experience. We felt by getting south, east to Tioga Road and West at the Crane flat area and beyond and with all the hikes, that we got a good sampling of Yosemite’s wonders. As with my other hiking trips, this introduction trip whets my appetite for more adventures.
I want to thank you, again, for our recent adventure. It meant a great deal to me to be able to complete all three of the hikes that I had wanted to do at Yosemite. Along with Half Dome, I have completed all of my goals–based on my experience of the last few years, I wasn’t sure it would ever happen and certainly not all in the same year. I could not have done it without you. Add to that, the early winter storm is not something that I could, or would, have ventured out in. I will long remember our snowy hikes, it was something that I only expected to see in a movie. It was quite unreal and I’m so happy that I could experience it in real life.
I just wanted to thank you for the great trip. I truly enjoyed it and your company. From the photo tips and instruction to the personal service I felt spoiled. And of course the Yosemite scenery never fails to bring a sense of wonder… I hope to enjoy many more trips with you.
Thank you so much for leading our two families on a wonderful hike. This hike will be a treasured memory for everyone in our group. The sense of accomplishment we walked away with after savoring the magnificent sites was a great family experience. What’s made the trip especially memorable was your and Brian’s charismatic guidance, the stories you told and the way you engaged every member of our group. The Leave No Trace teachings culminating with the game at the end was great fun in light of the competitive nature of our families. I can see the teachings resonating in all our minds. All in all an experience of a lifetime! I look forward to returning to Yosemite and going out with you on another exceptional tour.
Just arrived home. Enjoyed the hike and you very much, and SO pleased to see Hetch Hetchy ( or should I say Yosemite National Park Hetch-Hetchy?. Grateful also that I was in your hands being the epitome a novice hiker. I thank so much for sharing, and doing kindly.
I just wanted to say thanks again for a most enjoyable hike. I would not have made it if it were not for you being along; I would have given up. Yesterday we did the Grand tour and it was comforting that our guide Bill and you told the same story of the history of Yosemite. The other people on the tour were so hoping to see a bear and we enjoyed being able to tell them that we had seen and taken pictures of not only a bear but also the hang gliders. They were envious. Looking forward to doing another hike with you, will better prepare for the next one. We have fallen for Yosemite and will be back.