Navigating a Busy Weekend with Fingers Crossed

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Well, we are just a little over a week out from our trip out west. However, our travel plans are still a little uncertain.

As I wrote back in May, our original trip – a 5-day loop trip through the Yosemite High Sierra Camps – was cancelled due to snow. After the initial disappointment wore off, we went back to the drawing board and modified our vacation plans. As it stands, we will still visit Yosemite National Park, staying in one of the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge’s tent cabins, for the first half of the trip followed by a drive south to Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks for the second half.

Unfortunately, Tuolumne Meadows Lodge is still not open. The tentative open date is Friday, July 15. We arrive on Tuesday, July 19. The conditions in the high country of Yosemite are still that bad. Snow can suck it.

Any good vibes you can send our way are much appreciated.

Even though our weeklong vacation is a week away, Jason and I kept ourselves busy this weekend. Friday afternoon, we headed up to Madison on a quest to find some new clothes for the trip. Our first stop: REI.

While I didn’t have much luck in the vacation clothes department, I did score some of my favorite running tights from The North Face, on sale no less. I also picked up a couple of new books that I’ll be sure to share my thoughts on once I dig into them.

Jason and I followed our REI stop with the mall. I picked up a couple of tops from Dick’s Sporting Goods and a couple from Eddie Bauer. While at Eddie Bauer, I also found a new dress for Saturday’s activity: the wedding of our friends Justin and Erin.

Saturday was a beautiful day for a wedding, even one that was indoors. With about two hours to kill between the ceremony and reception, Jason and I went on the hunt for food with a view. We found it at On the Rock Restaurant in Watertown.

Jason and I ordered their three appetizers special, the Cardiac Arrest or something of the sort, along with a couple of beverages.

Instagram fun!
Break between ceremony & reception: Doin' it up right!

Jason chose chicken tenders for himself and mozzarella sticks to split with me. I picked the fried pickle chips.

I have read about pickle chips on other foodie blogs, and all the reviews of this snack are right on: they are awesome! I devoured the chips, and if it wasn’t for the meal waiting for me at the reception, I totally would have ordered more.

While we ate, we enjoyed a view of the Rock River.

After our snack, we continued on to the reception. Check out the couple’s super cute cake topper. FYI – both the bride and the groom played rugby in college.

Justin & Erin's Wedding - July 9, 2011

Alas, no hiking this weekend. There was a four-mile run today in the 80-degree heat, so I’m quickly running out of steam. Hoping you had an enjoyable weekend, whatever you spent it doing  🙂

In case you missed it, my first official gear review for Camping Gear TV was released earlier this week. I shared my thoughts on Hi-Tec’s V-Lite Infinity HPI adventure sports shoe. Be sure to check it out!


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2 thoughts on “Navigating a Busy Weekend with Fingers Crossed

  1. Chris

    Hi, Laura,
    Glad you guys are still going to Yosemite! Haven’t been down there yet (we’re 3-4 hrs north of there) but up around Tahoe the snow is melting! Like a couple months late, but its getting better. If you do a dayhike towards Glen Aulin on the 20th and see a group of older backpackers, that might be us! (we’ll end up at White Wolf on the 24th) I’m going with a local Sierra Club group. Oh, my gosh – just realized how soon that is (have to shop for food!). Hope you guys have a great time there and in SEKI (beautiful area)!!

    1. Laura Post author

      I’m jealous – I would love to live out there! Glad to hear that the snow is melting. Better late than never 🙂 Hope you have a great trip as well!


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