Travel

Yosemite

About a month ago Tim and I spent a few days exploring Yosemite. And, though I tried to capture the grandure of it all, I still don’t think the pictures completely do this place justice.

This is the view on the drive in. It was at about this point that we started to really get excited.

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El Capitan

El Capitan is the first really identifiable thing you see as you enter the park (the north side of Yosemite Valley). It is absolutely ginormous, and is probably my favorite of all the rock formations in the park. Made of granite, it is 3,000 feet tall from base to summit. It is, not surprisingly, a favorite destination for rock climbers and BASE Jumpers, though I can’t imagine doing either.
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Half Dome

Half Dome is agruably the most recognizable rock formation inside Yosemite (it was even depicted on the California state quarter). You need to obtain a permit to hike the cable rout up to the summit. I feel light headed just looking at the picture, so I don’t think I’ll be doing that any time soon.
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Yosemite Falls

At 2,425 feet from the top of the upper falls, to the base of the lower falls, Yosemite Falls is the highest measured falls in North America. I fully suggest going in mid to late spring when the water flow is at its peak.

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Tim taking a picture of Yosemite Falls.

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Camp Curry

We stayed at Camp Curry, one of the many lodging options inside Yosemite. We didn’t want to stay in a hotel, but it was still a bit too cold at night to stay in a tent (at least in my opinion), even though we would have preffered tent camping. These canvas tent cabins were the perfect compromise. They even have cabins you can rent that include heating units.

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Mirror Lake

Mirror lake is seriously rediculous. It’s one of the prettiest lakes I’ve ever been to. On a smaler scale, it actually reminded me a lot of Trillium Lake back home in Oregon, but that may just be because of the comparison between Mt. Hood reflecting in Trillium Lake, and Half Dome reflecting in Mirror Lake. It’s a must see/must photograph spot for sure.
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I loved how this tree on the shore of Mirror Lake managed to grow around that giant boulder. IMG_4500psHere’s the thing about the deer in Yosemite. They aren’t all that afraid of people. I guess that makes sense seeing as how many people are visiting the park at any given time. I have mixed feelings about this fact. On one hand I think it’s pretty sad that these wild animals have no real fear of people. On the other hand it was pretty cool getting so close to them. Now, I should clarify, I am in no way advocating getting “too” close to them, as they are still wild animals, and I certainly don’t recommend trying to pet them, etc. Let’s be smart people. But, there were a few occasions where my proximity was closer then I’ve been before to deer, and afforded some pretty cool experiences.

Walking back to camp from Mirror lake we found ourselves in a small deer stampede. Seriously. We were walking up the trail, saw one deer up on the side of the hill. Stopped to see if she would make another appearance so I could grab a pic. Then that one deer turned into five up on the hill, and suddenly the male of the pack was herding them our dirrection…at a full on run. We jumped out of the way, onto the opposite side of the trail, as all five deer darted within a foot or two from us. It was pretty awesome.

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Here are some other random pics from our adventures in Yosemite.

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Muir Woods

My husband and I are collecting National Parks. We want to see and experience as many of them as possible. Most recently we spent a few days enjoying Yosemite, but prior to that we spent a quitet Tuesday afternoon hiking through Muir Woods again.  And though it’s technically a National Monument, rather than a “Park”, it is still a favorite of ours, and best yet it’s basically in our backyard (or at least within a quick drive of it). You’ll hear all about Yosemite soon enough, but first lets go on a walk through the giant redwoods.

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Mazatlan, Mexico

Back in February we took a little trip to Mazatlan. My good friend Sara was marrying her long time partner Joe, and we figured what better excuse for a vacation? Lazy days by the pool, great weather, and witnessing good friends tie the knot? It was a great trip. There weren’t a ton of pictures taken, because really all we did for seven days was lay in the sun, but there were some pretty epic sunsets.

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This one was taken through the lense of my sunglasses. This way you can see what most of the sunsets looked like to me.

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We painted these!  (granted, they were touched up a bit by resort staff, but still...)

We painted these! (granted, they were touched up a bit by resort staff, but still…)

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Quarryhill Botanical Garden

This past weekend we drove up to the Quarryhill Botanical Garden, just outside of Sonoma. I had purchased a half off admission for two deal from Groupon, and we figured this was as good a weekend as any to use it. Boy, did we poorly plan this grand idea. It didn’t occur to either of us to actually check the weather before we left. Genius, I know.  So, even though it was beautiful up in Glen Ellen, it was also very very HOT. I’m talkin’ 95 degrees hot.  Both of us were in jeans, I was in leather boots (and not the practical hiking kind), and neither of us had our CamelBak’s. Though, Tim does keep a spare can of sunscreen in the back of his car, so we lucked out there. Needless to say, It made for a hot, sweaty, and thirsty hike through the hilly garden grounds. We may have drank some questionable, brown hued water from a spigot in the middle of the gardens along the way, but hey, we were thirsty! Despite our discomfort, I did manage to get some pics of the gardens.

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Honeymoon – Riviera Maya Mexico

Hi everyone! We’re back from our honeymoon in Mexico. Actually we’ve been back for over a week, but I’m just now getting around to the blogging. We had an alright time, but I really don’t think that we’ll be going back to Mexico any time soon. It seems that every time we travel there I end up really sick, and this trip was no exception. In fact, I was so sick by the end of the trip that when we landed back in San Francisco we dropped our stuff off at our apartment and went straight to the ER.  I was admitted to the hospital and stayed for almost an entire week. I just got out on Saturday. I’ll spare you the nitty gritty details, just know that I’ll be fine.

We tried to have a good time in Mexico anyway,even though I felt horrendous and probably shouldn’t have been doing anything at all. I mean it was our honeymoon after all! We both ended up with great tans (no burns!), and some fun memories. We went on an adventure excursion which included snorkeling, cave swimming, rappelling and zip lining.  I found the rappelling to be fun, but the zip lines terrified me! Apparently I still don’t like heights or going really fast, lol.

Unfortunately there are only a few pics of the entire trip. We took most of our pictures with Tim’s waterproof camera, which we think experienced a water leak which totally ruined his memory card, so no pics for us. That’s ok though, we’re pretty sure we’re going to write this trip off and redo our honeymoon next year…hopefully with a working camera, and no hospital stays 🙂

Here are the few pics we saved!