Last weekend, my guy and I went to Yosemite! It was sort of a spur of the moment trip! We both took Friday off of work and headed up there! It's a little less than a 4 hour drive.
I've spent a lot of time in Yosemite as a child. For many years my family would go up every Thanksgiving in our motorhome. I remember that almost every year we would be there for the first snowfall! As a California girl it was really something special to wake up and see snow falling!
As a child, I really didn't appreciate the beauty of it all! I just liked that I could ice skate at an outdoor ice skating rink. I took ice skating lessons as a child but around here there are only indoor ice skating rinks...for obvious reasons! It was really a special thing to ice skate outdoors, especially as the snow was falling! I have such fond memories of my time in Yosemite as a child...
which is why it was so wonderful to go back after all these years! I think the last time I was there, I was twenty-something!
Yosemite is so beautiful in the autumn! The leaves were just starting to change color and the mornings were very crisp! The temps got down into the 30s at night but then up into the upper 70s in the afternoon.
This is the back of the Ahwahnee Hotel. It's on my bucket list of things to experience in my lifetime. It's over $500 a night but I'm hopeful that someday I will stay there!
This little path was in front of the hotel. I thought it was so beautiful with the canopy of trees over it...
We were riding our bikes around and came across this big rock in the ground. You can see the holes where the Indians used to grind things. There is so much history here!
In the photo above you can see Half Dome. My bucket list also includes climbing this. I've really gotten into hiking, I hike 10 miles every Saturday morning and this would be the ultimate challenge. It's a really popular thing to do. You can see how crowded it gets (click here). I'm still not sure if I want to take the risk after hearing about recent hikers falling to their death.
Update: You can watch a video on climbing Half Dome here.
When I was a kid I loved going into this Village Store! I couldn't wait to go back. It's funny to see something with "adult eyes" that you haven't seen since childhood. It seemed so much smaller than I remembered it! haha!
Luckily the only bear we saw was this stuffed one in the Village Store! They warn you so much there about bears! You can't leave any food, water or toiletries in your car or tent! They have special bear lockers for all that stuff. It's a little weird to be locking up all that stuff and yet there we were in a tent cabin with only canvas between us and the bears!
We took our bikes and rode all around the Yosemite valley. Here's my guy under a HUGE rock...
On the top of that huge rock was something very interesting... a tree growing out of a small crack! Nature is so amazing! You can barely see it in the middle of the rock...
We did this trip on the spur of the moment and didn't have any lodging reservations. We had planned to just find a hotel just outside of the park but I didn't want to leave so I called reservations as we were sitting outside the Village Store. The only thing available were these tent cabins in Curry Village. My guy was not so into it when he heard there were no bathrooms or showers in them. I really wanted to stay there so I talked him into it. The bathrooms and showers were just a short walk down the trail so it wasn't so bad. Luckily the tent cabin we got had heat because it got cold that night! Brrrr!!!
I had such a wonderful weekend there! I can't wait to go back!
I also took photos of a very old cemetery at Yosemite. I never knew that was there. I'll share those photos soon!