I just realized I haven’t posted here in ages. To get back into it, I’ll begin by sharing posts this week from a few places we’ve visited this past year.
Do to the events of 2020, we haven’t taken many trips this year, making our time in Yosemite last week feel extra special. Feeling thankful…
As with everyone else these days, I’ve been feeling stressed. The months of pandemic, the wildfire smoke here in California, adjusting to online teaching, political strife, healing from an injury that has kept me from hiking, combined with worries over the health of close family members… I’ve been feeling, well, stressed and overwhelmed. I’m puttingContinue reading “Unwinding…”
Reaching the intended destination of any hike is an achievement. The best reward? Gorgeous views all to ourselves. Interested in going? You’ll find info here…. Yosemite Hikes: Gaylor Lakes *** The challenge? Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement
We’re fortunate. We visit Yosemite National Park four or so times every year. This past weekend, we went to the park to celebrate our ten-year wedding anniversary. We stayed at a family cabin in Yosemite West, which is in the park, but technically outside the park. We were allowed to go to the cabin, butContinue reading “Yosemite National Park: Government Shutdown”
I have to admit, I don’t watch TV. And I haven’t seen many movies in the past several years. I do, on occasion, watch PBS specials and documentaries. I was thrilled, however, when I was offered the opportunity to review the documentary, Tell It on the Mountain: Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail. I receivedContinue reading “DVD Review: Tell It on the Mountain, Tales from the Pacific Crest Trail”
This is another hike within Yosemite National Park that we enjoy. Due to the distance (7.5 miles out-and-back), this is the first time we’ve tried it with our son. We were afraid it might be a bit long for him, but, since the elevation gain on this hike is relatively mild, we decided to giveContinue reading “Hike: Mono Pass, Yosemite”
Want to see the beauty of the Yosemite high country, but aren’t much of a hiker? A drive along Tioga Road will provide an abundance of opportunities to see the beauty of Yosemite. Photos taken July 11th, 2013
The wildflowers were gorgeous Wednesday on the trail from Tioga Road to Mono Pass in Yosemite. I’ll write more about the hike itself in a day or two… it was amazing! Photos taken July 10th, 2013
Looking for that iconic view of Yosemite Valley? Head to the Tunnel View Overlook, located on Highway 41, on the Yosemite Valley side of the Wawona Tunnel. Photo taken May 28th, 2013
It’s official… my son has truly become a hiker! While in Yosemite over the weekend, we decided to let our kindergartener choose which alpine lake we’d hike to… one that would require a three mile, a five-mile, or a seven-mile round-trip hike. He excitedly exclaimed, “The seven mile one!” We gave him a few chancesContinue reading “Hike: Lower Cathedral Lake, Yosemite”
After spending the last two months recovering from a calf injury, I jumped back into trail running Saturday with an awesome trail run in Yosemite Valley. It was the perfect run to get me back on the trail, and it felt amazing. I was afraid to try anything too hilly, so I chose the sectionContinue reading “Trail Run: Mirror Lake, Yosemite Valley”
Quite a few of these beautiful butterflies were fluttering around “The Fen” in Yosemite Valley on Saturday morning. Haven’t heard of “The Fen”? It’s one of my favorite little spots in Yosemite Valley. It’s a short boardwalk trail through a marsh. If you follow the trail from the Happy Isles shuttle stop to the NatureContinue reading “Butterfly, The Fen, Yosemite Valley”
Now this was a super-fun hike. How many hikes begin with a ride across a lake on a water taxi?? This was a first for our son… he’s never been on a boat! The views from the lake were gorgeous. My husband and I love hiking above the 10,000 foot level (the trail starts atContinue reading “Great Hike: Saddlebag Lake to the Conness Lakes”
Ellery Campground (near Tioga Pass, Yosemite)… We returned last evening from a camping trip in the Sierras. I’ll write about our adventures soon!
Two last images from our trip to Yosemite last week… Have a lovely weekend!
My favorite hike to do in Yosemite National Park with our five-year-old son, so far, has been Sentinel Dome. Every year, starting when he was 6 weeks old, we’ve been taking him up here. He’s been able to do the hike on his own, without us carrying him, since he was two. The hike toContinue reading “Great Kid Hike, Sentinel Dome, Yosemite”
We found a ton of these cute little guys hopping around on the forest floor between the Ahwahnee Hotel and Yosemite Village. My son has been asking about robins a lot lately, as he’s obsessed with Batman and Robin. We’ve shown him photos of robins, and he was interested, but we were excited to finallyContinue reading “American Robin”
I’ve been visiting Yosemite National Park my entire life. My adventures there began at a young age, with my first backpacking trip at three, followed by many more family camping, hiking, and backpacking trips throughout my childhood. As an adult, I’ve regularly visited the park three-four times per year. Before having a child, Yosemite, toContinue reading “10 Things To Do In Yosemite Valley With Little Kids”
This is where a squirrel belongs… out foraging in nature. He’s beautiful… Unlike this one… out pestering hikers for a free lunch.