How to look at the baking desert without getting your eyes burned: gaze into Mike's sunglasses
We sat in the pleasant shade feeling like prehistoric Native Americans gazing out at the baking land until about 6pm, when we took a walk, or rather a scramble up Rattlesnake Canyon. We were disappointed not to find a single rattlesnake, even though a couple we met up there had just seen one, but we had fun climbing around being nervous. Tomorrow, we will head out a bit later.
I guess our lifestyle is a bit unusual for travelers but it fits the climate here. Our sightseeing is reduced to about 4 hours in the evening, but since we are on a working trip, not a holiday, and since we are staying for three weeks, we have plenty of time. When we get to Yosemite, in a couple of weeks, we will have no Internet, and then we expect to take a 'holiday' and hike all day.