Recap of Yosemite 2010, Days 1 and 2

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As you read this, Jason and I will be en route to California and my beloved Yosemite National Park! Despite the bumps in the road, we are so excited about this trip. Not only will we be returning to Yosemite, this time to explore some new areas, but we will also be visiting two more national parks, Sequoia and Kings Canyon. Let the next installment of my national parks adventure begin!

During last June’s trip, I traveled with our netbook and blogged right from Curry Village in Yosemite Valley. This time around, there will be no computer (heck, we’ll be electricity-less for the first half of the trip). Last year, I spent about a half-hour/hour blogging after breakfast each morning, most of that time spent complaining about slow or inaccessible wireless. Basically, each morning I removed myself from the environment I wanted to enjoy to immerse myself in the world back home. This year, I’m cutting myself off…from full-blown computers anyway  😉

So this year, I’ve planned a few recap posts of our Yosemite 2010 trip while we’re out making new memories. I hope you enjoy!

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Day 1 – June 5, 2010

Our first In-N-Out Burger experience. It’s no Culver’s, but it was still pretty darn tasty. (And it’s on the itinerary for today’s travels, too!)
First In-N-Out Burger Experience

The drive to the park was beautiful!
We're Getting Closer...

Beautiful, but intense!
Curvy Road? That's an Understatement!

There's More Road...You Just Can't See It

Finally, we arrived at our destination.
We've Arrived!

I teared up at our first view of the Valley. It was an indescribable moment.
First View!

We've Arrived!

Upon entering the Valley, our first stop was Bridalveil Fall.
Bridalveil Fall

Bridalveil Fall

Tunnel View
Tunnel View

We stayed in one of Curry Village’s tent cabins. They were actually quite comfortable, and I’d definitely recommend staying there.
Home for the Week

When Day 1 ends with this, you know it’s going to be a good trip.
First Evening View of Half Dome

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Day 2 – June 6, 2010 (Our second anniversary)

We saw A LOT of deer over the next few days.
Deer

Up first: The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The Grizzly Giant is one of the most famous trees in the grove.
Ahead: The Grizzly Giant

The roots of the Fallen Monarch.
Fallen Monarch

My 6’6″ husband didn’t look so tall around here.
Tiny Jason

Next on the itinerary: A drive up to Glacier Point.
Hello Half Dome!

The views were incredible!
On Top of the World

Nevada & Vernal Falls

Yosemite Falls

Half Dome

Since we were celebrating out second anniversary, we went out for a nice dinner at the Mountain Room Restaurant in the Yosemite Lodge. I enjoyed the Chicken Piccata (so good!), while Jason had one of their steaks.

Dinner was followed by a showing of “This Is America,” a mini-documentary from Ken Burns’ The National Parks: America’s Best Idea PBS film. It was presented by Shelton Johnson who was part of the PBS series. I was actually a little star-struck meeting him, and only have a blurry photo to show for it  🙁

This Is America

It really didn’t take us long to fall in love with Yosemite…

 

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