August 25, 2015

Yosemite 2015

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Our annual "Summer in the Sierras" commenced this year on July 17. After missing out on the trip last summer, the boy and I knew that we had to make it this year. My summer just doesn't feel complete without a sojourn to the Sierras, and so we made the trek. 
After a long drive, we spent our first day enjoying the loveliness that Mammoth had to offer, including one of my favorite spots in the Sierras: Convict Lake.

As always, we couldn't stay away from Yosemite for long, and so the gang headed down into the valley and quickly set up camp. Our first journey, the following day, was to a site that we had never seen before, the Tuolumne Grove of giant Sequoia. While the grove wasn't as impressive as its sister, Mariposa Grove, it was still a fun hike enjoyed by all.

The next morning, we jaunted over to Yosemite Falls and the kiddos all splashed around for a few hours.

My favorite hike in all of Yosemite Valley is the Four Mile Trail. It is a yearly tradition, and so we packed the gang into the car, and made the drive up to Glacier Point. The views, as always, were spectacular, and the little boys were troopers down the whole 4.6 mile trail (let's just say a lot of candy was involved to help alleviate the whining).

The rest of the week was filled with bike-rides, ice cream runs, and trying to avoid the rain. This year in the Sierras was the most low-key one yet, devoid of arduous hikes and geared more towards the little ones. While I missed standing on the top of Half Dome this year, I did NOT miss the sore muscles and blistered feet.

Until next year, Yosemite. I'll miss you...but I'll see you soon!
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