Snow Detour

We finally made it into Yosemite Valley today . . . Beautiful waterfalls, amazing granite rock faces towering over the valley, and. . . .Snow?  Yes, Snow.  We spent Saturday in Mariposa Grove visiting the Giant Sequoias.  The trees are thousands of years old, and their majesty can’t be explained.  We didn’t hike as far as we would have liked – R was having a bit of an “off” day.  Here is a photo of one of the more “accessible” of these amazing trees.
It was pretty fun to see all of the tourists (ourselves included, of course).  Some from Korea, Argentina, Germany, and more. . . All trekking in 40 degree weather to see the same giant trees in the middle of a California forest.  We even managed to have someone take our photo (and took some family photos of others).

After a visit to the Giant Sequoias of Mariposa Grove, we headed back to the condo (Diane and Pat’s timeshare – “what were we thinking renting an rv for a week?”, two bedrooms, two and a half baths, gas fireplace, etc) and took a swim in the heated outdoor pool and a dip in the hot tub.  R seems to be a big fan – and would prefer that we spent all of our time here at the condo watching the ant show (A Bug’s Life) and swimming in the pool.
The next day (Sunday), we braved the drive to Yosemite Valley (another 30 minutes past the grove).  The weather was schizophrenic – sunny and 60 one minute, 40 degrees and snowing the next.  We actually got on some rock on Sunday – climbing some boulders that were near the bottom of Cathedral Rock and El Capitan.  It was a pretty cool.  R even got on some “kid sized” boulders.  We drove around a bit more and then headed back out. . .hungry and tired.  Unfortunately, the pass was closed (getting out of the valley back to the condo) so we had to turn around. Two hours later, we finally made it home.  Here’s a picture of the snow coming down in the pass.  Wet, slushy, and completely ‘impassable’.  We’re hoping today will provide slightly improved conditions!

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About Laura Boniello Miller

Laura Miller is a internet marketing professional and a mother of two. Her interests include sport climbing, bouldering, reading, traveling, and spending time with her family. She believes that playing outdoors is integral to health and well being, and that if your kids aren't dirty, they haven't had enough fun.