2006-06-09 :: Yosemite
Yosemite National Park. Check.
[ Blink blink blink goes the cursor in my editor. What
exactly did we do there? Amy volunteers to write this one, if
I agree to watch Benjamin for an hour. While tedious, watching
Benjamin sounds a lot easier than writing, so Amy's taking
this post. ]
So yeah.. after three years of living in California we finally made
it out to Yosemite National Park. And not just us, but all four of our
parents as well. We figured Benjamin needed to see all of his
grandparents at once so he doesn't get them confused with each other
Craig's dad found a really nice "cabin" (actually a fully-equipped
house) on the far side of the park. It had 3 bedrooms so we all piled
in together. We arrived around dinner time, so the first order of
business was to drink several whiskey sours each. Well, Craig and Amy
went easy on the booze, knowing Benjamin would be waking them up
several times in the night, as well as bright and early the next
morning. Hahaha. Guess who was hung over the next morning? Not
Craig and Amy! Not Benjamin! It was then that somebody read the cabin's
"high altitude orientation" pamphlet, which basically advised no
alcohol for the first 24 hours, lots of water, and plenty of rest. It
didn't mention whiskey and wine as recommended ways to adjust.
After a low-key breakfast, we all headed out to see the natural
wonders we were supposedly surrounded by. Ever since moving to
California, we had been hearing about how breathtakingly
amazing the Yosemite Valley is. It's only 3 hours from Livermore, so
we figured we would get out there one of these weekends. It turns out
everyone was right, and Yosemite really is one of the most beautiful
places we've ever seen. Why hadn't we come here sooner? Why are we
We hit all the major sights that were accessible by very short hikes
from the main road.
Bridal Veil Falls,
which was impressively torrential from the spring thaw,
an overlook of the whole valley, and various views of the mountains
towering over us, including the ever-present
We kept trying (with no success) to find rock climbers on the face of the
cliffs with the zoom on our camera.
The second day we drove up to
which provided even more
breathtaking views, this time from a very high altitude. We lingered
at the two overlooks all morning. There's really not a good way to
describe how impressive the valley is. We didn't want to leave, but
after some restorative ice cream, we wound our way back down the
mountain. After lunch at the cabin, we decided Benjamin needed some
time to roll around on the floor and play, rather than continue being
strapped into his car seat. So we stayed behind while the
grandparents went to see what was yet another natural wonder, the
giant redwoods of
That night we had a very good dinner at the
which is the Park's second-nicest restaurant. We weren't completely at ease
with the thought of taking a 6 month old to the
Ahwahnee Dining Room,
which is described as "the crown jewel of Yosemite dining." Yeah, not
with a baby, no thanks! The Mountain Room was awesome, not too formal
with great food.
The next morning we went our separate ways -- Craig's parents
continued going north, on their way to Glacier National Park in
Montana, while the rest of us made our way home.
Maybe next we can all go to Hawaii together!
Amy thinks Benjamin is a more compelling sight
than the gorgeous panorama in front of her.
More pictures can be found in our
Kodak Gallery. Check