Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Yosemite National Park

I spent a fabulous week away from it all up in Yosemite National Park last week.
So horrible to think that just a week later, the area is consumed by still only barely contained wildfires.  

For anyone who hasn't been up there it's such a magical place.  From the Wawona Lodge and the Mariposa Grove of Sequoias, to back country camping (with no running water or electricity, but the trade off of sleeping under the night sky so full of brilliant stars you think it just might burst at any moment), we had a wonderful time.  

We woke up before the sun, drank hot coffee by the light of our head lamps and embarked on the ~4-hr round trip adventure of climbing to the Summit of Half Dome, the iconic granite landmark of the Valley nearly 9k feet tall.

We rented bikes and pedaled our way all around and back and forth through the glacier-formed U-shaped Yosemite Valley.  

Had a lovely dinner on the back patio of the infamous Ahwahnee Hotel, which is as original and beautiful as it was back in 1927 when it opened.

Gazed up at the most amazingly giant 3,000+-year old sequoias and hiked through forests thick with them.

Spent an afternoon walking around and wading in Tenaya Lake, a picture-perfect spot that looks like it's out of some fairy tale book.

And, there were deer -so many deer that we saw every day, including a mama deer nursing her two still heavily-spotted fawns not 10 feet away from us.  
Amazingly cute!  
I love deer :)

If you want to see a part of CA, or the US, even, that is like no where else in the world, where try as hard as you like, you simply can't help but be appreciative of and astounded by how beautiful your surroundings are, this is the place to go.

Had a blast, and missing it up there already~


Image Sources | All pics taken by Remember when we lived in that castle..? & posted to my Pinterest Travels Board