In our 7 years of being together, this is the first year that J and I decided to go on separate trips. I love camping and hiking, and J likes neither (though he has told me that he would go camping, just not hiking). So J went on a golf trip earlier in May, and I went on a hiking trip with a few friends (including some of J’s childhood friends (I have stolen them as my friends)). Now that I know he’ll go camping, I’m hoping he’ll join for the next national park trip (2016?!) (and while we hike, he can.. sleep).
I spent a few hours in the hospitable home of Emily & Alex, and while I did not snap any photos of humans, this was too cute. I’m not sure why it appeals to me, other than I know it will result in something delicious, especially if Emily is the one making it. Kind of Joy the Baker-esque? Let’s just be honest–I love their home, especially their kitchen :)
Thank you, Emily, for picking me up, taking me to your home, and introducing me to your friend Anna! I hope we can all meet again, and perhaps go biking or running :) Or eating 7-up pound cake.
I slept over at the Jou’s adorable home, and the next morning, we packed our things and headed on our way to Yosemite. We managed to fit 5 people, 5 people’s things, and a lot of food in this Outback and roof box. My legs were on top of a canning pot the whole time and my side cramped a few times, but it was all worth it. Roof box has a garnish.
A couple bathroom breaks, a Chick-Fil-A pit stop, and 6 hours later, we made it to Yosemite! (You can see the half-dome in the distance! You treacherous mountain!)
So remember how I said we fit everything in an Outback and a roof box? Here are the contents (including the icebox in the bear canister:
First things first, forget the tent… you set up the hammock.
In case you were curious about my knotting skillz (and if you are laughing, the hammock held up fine):
View from the hammock
Before you eat, you must shoot. Come on, Caro, we eat on that table. Kidding :)
Hainan chicken, rice, and sautéed vegetables – pretty delicious. Why yes, we eat fancy on camping trips.
After we finished setting up camp, eating, cleaning up, and sleeping 1 hour, we started what would be a 7-hour hike up half-dome (total trip was 15 hours). A couple of shots in the darkness, twilight, pre-sunrise, etc.
The sun rose while we were on the cables. It’s hard to believe we did this hike after sleeping for just an hour. I’m pretty sure the only thing that got me through the hike was the confusion from being delirious, but the view was pretty spectacular on top. Can you find my shadow? :)
We saw very little wildlife in Yosemite, but it’s probably because the places we went were too commercialized. This little squirrel character was looking for some free noms.
Despite not getting a nap (except for Victor Vic), we started our descent.
On the way down, though I wanted to cut my toes off (so much pain), there were even more spectacular views. Of the elements, I think water is my favorite… though fire is fun too.
We made it back to camp, and there was a nice little river of melted snow nearby. It felt great for 3 seconds and then it was intensely painful. You kind of just have to wait for your feet to go numb. But let’s not talk about how cold the water was. I dream of this kind of backyard. This guy is living the life!
Tee hee at the moss.
Walking around the park:
Saw this little girl taking a weird picture of her dad and giggled.
I’m curious to see what it looks like through Jenn’s lens :)
Fancy meal prep is fun work. Of course she is chopping a heart of palm and artichokes. As anyone should in a camping trip.
Everything was delicious, even, I’m sure, the pork belly that fell on the ground (I think Wayne ate that one). Shhh nature. Pork belleh sandwiches with pickled veggies. WHAAT.
Just one night of fire, for the s’mores.
“But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and vulgar things.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
The random streaks are planes. Can you find the big dipper? I’m kidding.
Goodbye, Yosemite! That’s why I come up here… naaatuuure Goouuulet!