|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.