After trekking along the steep mountain trail for four hours, passing waterfalls and steps taller than my knees we made it above Vernal falls. Following the river further up we hiked to a clear pool of ice water fed by the melting snow and mountain springs. The water was freezing but hitting the natural water slides and watching the surrounding mountains and valley down below as I swam felt calming and (excuse the hippy dip wording) freeing. You can't see in the video, but all around the pool waves of pines and sequoia 's slid down from the mountaintops, cliffs peeking overhead and you could see the other mountains rolling beyond the river feeding out of the pool. I want to go back when I have less gear and more time to backpack through all of it.