Yosemite has been on my bucket list for a while now, and I’m so blessed I got the chance to actually make it a reality! Thinking back to it, the best way to describe it is breathtaking.
Literally, every time I looked around, even on the drive up the mountain, I had no words! It was absolutely beautiful. If you ever have the chance to go, GO!
We woke up and went down to the lodge for breakfast. We had vouchers that came included in the price of our cottage, so we had a HUGE buffet to chose whatever we wanted! Of course, we immediately ordered our coffee and then grabbed some food.
I just got a little bit of everything, because everything looked delicious. Farm fresh scrambled eggs, a piece of bacon, fresh fruit, and steel cut oats topped with shredded coconut, peanuts, dried banana, and dried fruit.
Deeeelicious. Definitely fueled up well for a day of hiking 🙂
I couldn’t stop snapping pictures, and this was simply just from the drive up the mountain. I was the one driving, and it took some serious concentration the entire way. Didn’t want to end up driving off the mountain…. ha!
We were told that there was a scenic area quite a ways up, so we made sure to stop. Um, yeah. I’m so glad we did. Everyone was out taking pictures.
But first, let us take a selfie.
Panorama.. best invention ever.
LOOK AT THAT VIEW. SERIOUSLY?!
So beautiful. This was only the beginning.
We finally got to our destination, and hiked up one of the milder trails, that eventually led up to two harder ones. Although it was considered “mild”, it was still pretty steep! Definitely some good cardio.
Once we got to the top, my brother and I decided to take the plunge and go up the “mist trail”. This consisted of a steeper hike, as well as about 600 stairs to climb.
Well, the views were gorgeous, and we were so close to the waterfall! What I wasn’t expecting, is that you literally get DRENCHED. Mist turned out to be practically a monsoon, and it was freezing. My clothes were drenched (I was wearing freakin white shorts), and I couldn’t take my phone out for pictures because it probably would have died.
It was super steep, too, and there were tonssss of people. We got to this point, and decided to turn around or else it would’ve gotten even more wet, cold, and would have taken much longer. This was what I wanted to see anyway 😉
After we met up with my mom, we hiked over to the “bottom of Yosemite Falls” because it was a must-see according to the locals!
This was the view. Gorgeous!
Oh, and here’s half-dome. I didn’t hike it, but it looks like a beast.
I took 2093481093180923 pictures. It was amazing! So many things to do there, and I didn’t even get to see it all.
After getting home later that day, we just showered, napped, had dinner (and wine, duh) and then passed out.
The next morning we were heading out, so I went to the gym bright and early, and then came home to this view. This was outside our cottage on the balcony. Love.
My brother and I went for breakfast and coffee before hitting the road.
I ordered an egg-white veggie omelet topped with California avocado (obsessed), with a side of fruit and whole-wheat toast. Hit. The. Spot.
That basically concludes my trip to California. It was definitely weird getting home, but also nice to be back in routine! Best week ever, I want to move 😉
Have you ever been to any National Parks?
Do you like to hike?
What is the favorite vacation you’ve been on?