Friday Postcards from Yosemite National Park

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I’m not going to beat around the bush. The past two weeks have been extremely stressful and mentally exhausting as we finish up the sale of our house in Seattle and start the process of buying a new house in Maryland. My husband started his new job, so it really is just me (and the boys) going out day after day to look at houses, sitting through inspection and following up with realtors and lenders. It’s hard to believe that this time last month I was packing our bags and getting the car ready for our very first cross country drive.

Yosemite

The whole reason we decided to take a smiley face route across the country was because my husband wanted to see Yosemite National Park. He had done a two week road trip with his brother and sister after he graduated from college, but the park was closed the day they showed up due to flooding. He always regretted that he missed this national park in California. If we had to drive from Seattle to Maryland anyway, we figured we might as well have fun. Thus began our road trip, and Yosemite would be the second major stop (after the Redwoods) on our trip.

To say that Yosemite will take your breath away is an understatement. I came away with loads of information, a lodge for families to set up while there (stay tuned for the full review of Tenaya), and tips on the best way to see the park. I promise to share them all, but for now, I just wanted to show off a few photos of our day, a very full day, exploring the park.

One surprising thing I came away with after our visit was my desire to hike more with the kids. I had come so close to Half Dome. I wanted to hike it.

Before the grandmothers panic, no, we will not be hiking it anytime soon. I am giving the family ten years to get in shape and get old enough to do it. The hike is not easy, but it is doable. My friend Tara has done it. I won’t be left behind.

What challenges have you taken on lately? 

Yosemite

Half Dome is pictured behind us. Think we will be ready to make the climb in ten years?

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Keryn Means
Keryn is the founder and editor-in-chief of Walking on Travels, an award-winning site that gives hope to today’s active parents who don’t want to stop their lives; they simply bring their kids along for the ride. Keryn utilizes her project management background, along with a masters degree in journalism and an undergrad degree in photography to the team to create dynamic content and a vision that keeps up with the latest technology and trends. You can find Keryn dragging her 2 boys around the DC area most days and across the globe several times a year. Follow along on their adventures on Instagram and Pinterest.
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  • Mary {The World Is A Book}
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    I’m so glad your family got to see Yosemite during your drive. It really is a spectacular park and one we visit at least once a year. It started my love for National Parks. Good luck with the selling and buying and hope things fall into place soon. Come back to Yosemite around Spring next time – there should be waterfalls 😉

  • Kate @WildTalesof...
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    You will absolutely be ready! Haven’t explored Yosemite yet—hoping we get to someday soon. Hang in there with all the house stuff–I know the perfect place is there for you–the search is hard though. Thinking of you guys!

  • Kara {Our Whole Village}
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    I’m so jealous you got to Yosemite. We lived in SF for 7 years and I never made it!!!! We are aiming to return to the Bay Area and Yosemite will be on our list of things to do soon after we get there. I’m looking forward to your tips on lodging and best ways to see the park. They’ll be put to good use!

  • samiya selim
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    Love Yosemite National Park! One of my top favourites out of all the national parks I have been to! Lovely images, takes me back to the times I was there. Am sure you will be hiking it with the kids in no time..we started hiking with ours since they were quite small, started with 5k and then 7k at Black Forest, Germany when they were 5 and 3. Now they can do some pretty long hikes(they are 7 and 9). Great fun going on family hikes!

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