October 23, 2010

Yosemite: It Gets You Every Time

Cozy Cabin along the Valley's bike path

View across the meadow from the Cozy Cabin

Family Photo + 1 very special friend

Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, and other partners in crime

Please excuse my month-long hiatus from Keeps Me Smiling. I was indeed smiling, but a little consumed by life's constant events. Amidst the chaos, we took a detour into majestic Yosemite Valley with family friends. If you've never visited Yosemite, consider putting it on your travel wish list. If you have, then you know what I mean when I say: "It gets you every time". Sunrise on granite, serene bike rides through the valley, and plenty of rivers running through it. It's enough to make you stop, drop, and reevaluate everything else going on around you.

The girls were less existential, but no less entertained by all the outdoors has to offer. For three hours one afternoon, they played by the riverbank with a convention of ladybugs. They rode up to Mirror Lake. They roasted a mean marshmallow. They acted out forest theater. They had fun with their friends, and ignored their parents. Life was perfect.

Camping, no matter how you slice it, is a little resource intensive for my taste. But the payoff is huge. An even huger payoff would be bypassing the RV and the North Pines Campground for the Ahwahnee Hotel. Yes, consider that added to my wish list.


Debi said...

My home away from home! I'm so glad you put in the effort it takes to let your kids explore this magical place. I think you've earned a stay at the Ahwahnee! :)

John said...

Nice post with excellent pictures. The pictures alone would make me want to go there, because they show how much character the place has!

Carolina said...

I love the pictures. Glad life is keeping you busy in a good way. So I'm with you on Yosemite "getting you" every time, never ceases to surprise me. And I'm also with you on the luxury hotel, that was what I was thinking last time I was there :)