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.
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?
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