we went to kernville on friday to bottle our wine (more on that later). on a whim, bobby checked the yosemite website for availability and he got us a site for 2 nights in wawona. it was an hour to yosemite valley, but we took what we could get.
even bobby and sofia made it across safely and took a turn on the swing.
then it was time for dinner. i should do a post on camping food. as someone who enjoys to cook, camping is no exception. i think you can eat well and take it easy. since we were only camping for 2 days we really made it easy on ourselves. we "borrowed" leftovers from my in-laws, had cereal for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and made dinners that were quick.
for dinner tonight we brought along a leftover rotisserie chicken that i shredded and then packed in a ziplock. we brought tortillas, shredded cheese, salsa and some rice i made the night before. then we just reheated and served with an ice cold blue moon.
after dinner we went to the ranger talk in the auditorium. ranger shirley set up a campfire and talked about the tradition of storytelling and how important it is to carry on this tradition. and i love a good story.
one of my favorite things about camping is the morning cup of coffee.
and then we drove for an hour to the valley to see el capitan and half dome.
we decided to take the mist trail and see vernal fall. we didn't know the hike would be tough. and we started off with an injury.
there was a lot of whining, complaining and stopping for water on the way up.
but we made it. safely.
i may have had a death grip on all of the kids.
we avoided getting eating by squirrels. then we walked back down.
we were all aching and dragging our feet. it ended up being a 2 hour hike on a steep trail. but we are so glad we did it.
we took a car tour around the valley and stopped at a picnic area for some lunch.
just to tease me, bobby let me look around the ahwahnee hotel. it was a cold night in the tent for me. but the beauty and comfort of the hotel could not justify the price. at least not on this trip.
we made it back to camp for dinner and dessert. banana with chocolate and marshmallows over the campfire.
we were in bed by 9.
the next morning we got up at 7:30. we had to pack up and check out of our beautiful campsite.
then we took the shuttle bus to mariposa grove to see the sequoia trees. we didn't have a lot of time and
and before we knew it, it was time to go home.
we vowed to come back and see some more. hopefully before andrew's class comes to visit in sixth grade.
glad to be home and in our comfy, warm beds.