Insanity has struck again. We left early this morning to do a quick trip to Yosemite. It only takes a little over 2 hours to get to the entrance to the park, but the bulk of the driving that will eat you alive occurs once you are inside those hallowed, $20 gates. The road is windy and people drive slow, slow, slow. It feels even slower when you are starving and need a sandwich.
But it really was a beautiful day and overall I did enjoy the drive. Here we are at about 9000 feet, getting ready to enter the park.
Once we finally arrived at Yosemite Valley, it was just spectacular. It reminds me of Zion... in grey.
After a $60 lunch, in which Rinar and I were pretty much the only ones who actually ate anything, we headed out to nature. **Remind me next time to pack some sandwiches...sheesh!*** There was a beach area along the river and the kids had a ton of fun playing in the water. The river was shallow and very slow, so I did not feel nervous about letting them get right in.
|Eli told me to hurry and take the picture because the water "is freezy".|
They were all improperly dressed and got soaked and sandy simultaneously. But they sure were happy.
This kid did not want to leave. It took a bit of cajoling and some muscle to get him headed in the right direction.
As a side note, most of the people who were at the park were foreigners. They watched us like we had just landed from the planet Mars. One guy at lunch even his chair turned around and was staring at us. Is it really sooooo strange that I have five kids? And on a separate, but rather astutely keen observation, I can pick out a foreigner a mile away. They always wear strange shoes. Has anyone else noticed that? Anyone? Anyone?
On the way out, we got this picture. We are so glad we got to go in yo' forest, if you know what I'm saying.
We drove a bit and then stopped for dinner in Walker, California. There was a neat little burger joint. The food was okay, but the dining area was awesome. I knew I would like it because of a proliferation of sunflowers in the front. It was a magical English garden, well-shaded, and adorned with a plethora of birds. The kids could run around and explore while we waited for the grub.
Overall, it was a great time. Next year I would like to do the Half Dome hike with Rinar, Raef, and Zach. We will leave the little ones home.