In order to bring you up to speed, I was debating about going back to last fall and recapping some of our highlights since then, but then I realized that I just couldn’t wait to share our weekend getaway to Yosemite from a few weeks ago.
We were in Yosemite only a short time ago when we went with Andrew’s family last May. While we were there we bought a pass for the year, sort of as our motivation to make a trip back. Finally, in January, we looked at each other and said, “why haven’t we been back?” Immediately we looked at hotel rates and within a day or two our dates were set and lodging was booked. We were both so excited to go back and I felt quite giddy that we did it somewhat spontaneously (when it comes to travel we are anything but spontaneous).
We were so hoping to see some snow while we were there….I never thought I’d say this but I really miss snowy winters. We were in luck! When we arrived in Yosemite, the peaks looked gorgeous covered in snow and we even found some on the trails. We opted for a less strenuous hike this trip and ventured along the trail to Artist Point. I loved this hike, mainly because it offers so many vantage points of Tunnel View, a scene that I could seriously stare at for hours and not get tired of.
After realizing that our trail continued on to the Pohono Trail, we headed back down the hill so we could hit up some of our favorite sights in the valley. The first being Bridalveil Falls, one of the iconic waterfalls in Yosemite Valley. I love this one in particular as you can get so close to the base of the waterfall and feel the mist wafting off when the breeze blows. Just be careful, it gets really slippery.
It was recommended that we visit The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, which is a very majestic hotel indeed. We entered to a very grand room filled with chairs surrounding a very big and warm fireplace, a perfect location for us to warm up from our chilly afternoon.
Our final site of the day was a walk to Mirror Lake which is tucked away in Tenaya Canyon and at the base of Half Dome. This a very popular spot in the summer as the pool of water is very attractive on hot afternoons. We enjoyed the brisk walk and seeing it when it wasn’t so crowded.
We are so, so glad we made the trip and found that it is completely doable in a weekend We’re already planning our next trip, hopefully in the next month or two 🙂