Yosemite is definitely a family favorite around these here parts. There is so much natural beauty. There is also a lot of natural not so beauty when a family doesn't shower for 7 days straight, touch their hair with a brush that whole time, and does a little hiking... at least we played in the freezing river every day right? Right?! Not that we would ever do that.... gulp/ collar pull.
Moving on. What we did in Yosemite. LOTS of bike riding, I think Wes and I agreed that is our favorite thing to do in Yosemite. It is gorgeous, fun, and really gives a better view of the whole park which you can't appreciate on the full shuttle packed with foreigners who don't understand the need for personal space. Played in the cold water a lot (even if it was the driest ever) we still found a few fun places to jump off rocks and cliffs into the water. Sadly though Yosemite Falls was more like Yosemite Walls as there was no waterfall at all... it was such a bummer. We also "floated" down the river... OK Wes basically pulled us down the river for 3 hours, but it was still pretty fun. Hiked Vernal Falls, which was not that fun pushing a double stroller... well at least according to Wes. My heart rate hiking alone would confirm this. Ate ice cream in Curry Village and enjoyed that area. Had all the children become Jr. Rangers on our nature walk. Watched The Spirit of Yosemite video in the Village and enjoyed sandwiches at Degnan's Deli. Loved making pools and exploring the stream by our campsite. Hiking the trail out of the Happy Isles Wes and I and the girls were about 50-100 yards away from a mama bear and her 2 cubs, and it was AWESOME! With the rest of the family we went on a twilight bear hunt in the apple orchards until mama Todd got too scared even after Peyton assured her we were fine all together. Took an official tour of the Ahwahnee Hotel and the surrounding area. Wes and I played night games together while the girls slept in our awesome tent. Attended the LDS church service in our camping clothes in the cute chapel in the valley. Did some much needed reflection in the old Indian area. Claire even told us our fortunes while there, apparently Wes and I are having a baby boy soon. And enjoyed bubbles, ladder golf and quality time with Team Todd (and the Hamiltons) at camp. It was a great vacation!!!!
Photo bomb! Da' best, or da' bomb photo ever as some might say.