Yosemite National Park

Each time I visit Yosemite it's an interesting experience. For one - we never have a campsite prior to our arrival and will arrive well into the night when it's pitch black and aren't able to hike out anywhere. We've had to sleep in our car, someone's lawn... but it's always worth it. Once the sun rises over those sheer granite faces and illuminates one of "Earth's greatest cathedrals" my discomfort from last night's "sleep" completely vanishes and I'm ready for a weekend of exploring. 

This trip was especially nice as it was the first time we found a campsite night one. Sure it was a little ways outside of the park, but it was close enough for us. We ate our breakfast at the Buckmeadows Restaurant and it was amazing as per usual. Everyone in there is so friendly and helpful. PLUS - they will pack you lunches for you to take to go! It's amazing, especially when you're on a tight schedule and only have so much time at the park before you have to head back to the city and didn't have time to go to the store to buy a cooler full of snacks and food. I highly recommend it if you're in the area. 

On this trip we hiked Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls - which was more strenuous than I thought it would be. I didn't lose a toenail this go around, but it will be black the rest of the year until it grows out. Definitely the kind of hike where you want to have great fitting, comfortable hiking boots. It's pretty steep and about 10 miles round trip so if you don't have proper footwear you'll be hurting at the end of it. *ps: I have excellent hiking boots, just a broken sesamoid in my foot so it swells a lot when I hike. I just want people to be prepared! Views from the top and along the way were absolutely incredible. The falls were raging and it was so green out in the valley. It was definitely a great time of year to have done the hike.

We also visited Glacier Point - the location for all those epic shots you see of people standing out at the edge of the rock... I don't really have a fear of heights, but the thought of doing that made me pretty nauseous, so I decided to photograph the point from afar. If you've been to Yosemite but haven't yet made it to Glacier Point I highly recommend it. There are a ton of people, but the sunset/sunrise is unreal. Great way to end the day or a weekend at this park.