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Anniversary in Yosemite

Where are we in my recap of our time in Yosemite this past June?

Our third full day in the park was the whole reason behind our choice of vacation location. Jason and I celebrated five years of marriage!

Wedding

We look so young!

Apparently one day of rest after our intense hike wasn’t enough, so we spent our anniversary hanging out around Yosemite Valley. We started with a visit to Yosemite Falls. For the first time in any of our trips, there was no crowd. It was glorious.

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The only real plans we had for the day was a nice lunch at the Ahwahnee Hotel. We opted for lunch instead of dinner to save some money (plus, we weren’t going to miss out on any Pizza Deck dinners).

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I had the pastrami reuben with red potato salad. The sandwich was good, but the potato salad was a little bland.

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Jason had the french dip sandwich. He felt the same way about his lunch as I did about mine. It was good, but it wasn’t as good as he thought it would (or should) be.

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Even though our food was a little disappointing, it didn’t matter to me. All that mattered was that I was in my favorite place with my favorite person on our special day.

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We spent the rest of the day in Yosemite Village, exploring the visitor center and shopping at the Village Store. Finally, we took in the evening program at the Curry Amphitheater: the showing of a few episodes of Yosemite Nature Notes.

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Watching great Yosemite films in the shadow of Half Dome while sitting next to the love of my life? So perfect!

Recap of Yosemite 2010, Days 3 and 4

Jason and I are currently enjoying our final full day in Yosemite National Park. Tomorrow, we’ll be up early to drive into Yosemite Valley for some shopping and pizza. Plus, I don’t think I could visit the park without visiting the Valley. Then, we’ll be headed south to Sequoia/Kings Canyon!

Onto the next installment of my Yosemite 2010 recap!

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Day 3 – June 7, 2010

The day began with deer hanging out by our tent cabin…
Deer

Which was followed by our first bear! Note: That was NOT our tent cabin. I was religious about using our bear box properly.
Our First Bear!

A visit to the base of Yosemite Falls.
Yosemite Falls

Lower Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls

It was a little wet crossing the footbridge.
Yosemite Falls

We hiked to Mirror Lake.
Mirror Lake

Half Dome from a different vantage point.
Half Dome

We visited the Ahwahnee Hotel twice: Once for a photography workshop and again for an evening guided “stroll.”
The Ahwahnee Hotel

Evening Stroll

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Day 4 – June 8, 2010

Day 4 was a biggie! A 7-mile hike up to Vernal Fall and Nevada Fall. Our “Adventure Hike.”
Let's Do This!

Our initial crew. The older couple dropped out about half a mile in.
Adventure Hike Crew

Just a little water.
Adventure Hike

Vernal Fall
Vernal Fall

View from the top of Vernal Fall. Along the left, you can make out the Mist Trail that we hiked up. “Mist” was a bit of an understatement.
Beauty at the Halfway Point

Next Stop: Nevada Fall.
Nevada Fall

Hiking with out guide and staring up in awe.
Hiking

Nevada Fall

Getting Closer...

Made it to the top!
We Made It!!

Nevada Fall

The view from where we sat for lunch.
Our Lunch Lookout

What goes up must come down. Time to head back.
Nevada Fall

Half Dome

Happy Hikers

Our Adventure

All Done!

 

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