We’ve lived in California for a good two years now and we still haven’t spent a decent amount of time in Yosemite. Andrew stopped when he made his initial move out and about a year and a half ago, the two of us drove through the park on our way back from Las Vegas. But neither of those trips allowed us to spend enough time in the park.
At the end of May (I know this post is incredibly late) we went with Andrew’s family and spent 3 full days in the park hiking and exploring the beauty of God’s creation. Those days were packed with beautiful sights, adrenaline, PB&J, and of course, lots of laughs. It was so good to get away with the family for a few days and spend quality time together and do it in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Day 1- The Mist Trail and John Muir Trail
On our first day, we chased waterfalls. But really, we hiked the challenging Mist Trail which took us along the Merced River to Vernal Falls and then on to Nevada Falls. The hike was a bit strenuous (climbing 2000 feet in just 2.5 miles!) but the view was so worth it.
After reaching the top of Nevada Falls we decided to go down via the John Muir Trail, instead of the very rocky and slippery way we came. While the John Muir Trail adds more distance to your hike, it does offer more incredible views of the falls.
On our way out of the park, we stopped to take in Tunnel View.
Day 2- Sentinel Dome and Taft Point
On our second day, we woke up a little sore so we chose a less difficult route. First, we hiked up to the top of Sentinel Dome, where we were greeted with AMAZING views of Half Dome and the valley.
The temperature must’ve dropped 20 degrees or so while we were hiking, cause it got so, so cold. This picture was taken right before it started hailing. It was at this time that, sitting by this rock, hail beating down on us while we were bundled up in our gear and eating our PB&J, that my sister-in-law said lightly, “guys, I think I’m kind of miserable”. We couldn’t help but laugh at our situation. In all honesty, it made our trip that much more memorable.
Day 3- Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia’s
Our final day in the park was spent gallivanting among the giant sequoia’s. It was a cold and rainy day and extremely foggy, but it made the hike so eerie. It felt like a scene right out of a movie.
Since Andrew and I live fairly close to the park, we invested in a year long entry pass, so we will be making it back in the near future. Already looking forward to it.