Saturday, June 20, 2009

Family Camping in Yosemite


A couple of weeks ago (I know, I'm a slow blogger) the family and I did some car camping in Yosemite Valley. Was kind of a strange trip, even from the beginning. Pulling in to gas up at my usual last stop before the valley at Crane Flat, there was a dusting of snow all over. Snow in June! Crazy.


Usually camping there in the beginning of June I kind of dread the mid-day heat, and the camp sites can get pretty dry and dusty. Not the case this time. We had off and on rain the first two days, and spent most of the time there with jackets on, often sitting under the large tarp we hung. I kind of liked it though. Something different, that's for sure.


I didn't do nearly as much photography hunting this trip. Usually I'm trying to get to all the spots along the valley and the immediate vicinity at the optimal lighting times, dragging my tripod and family all along the way.


This time we only did a couple of hikes; one up to the base of Vernal Falls, and one up to the base of Yosemite Falls. I think it was the first trip we didn't even bother to hit up all the usual stops (tunnel view, cathedral beach, Pohono bridge, Bridalveil falls, etc, etc). We spent a lot more time hanging out relaxing (in-between two-year-old tantrums), drinking cold beers and good wine, and eating good food.


Maybe we've gone to the Valley one too many years in a row and we're finally getting jaded to it, or maybe we just needed one of those kick your feet up weekends. Either way, it wasn't a bad trip. Just a bit different than most years.



...In other news, REI gladly took back my "over a year old" boots, and I traded them in on a pair of Merrell Moab Ventilators and some green superfeet insoles. I'll update later after I have a chance to use them (Should get my first hike in them tomorrow), but these should be much better for keeping my sweaty feet dry and hopefully blister free (fingers crossed).

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