Saturday, June 21, 2008


After San Francisco, we drove to Yosemite, another winding but scenic drive. Our first sights were Bridal Veil falls and El Capitan.

Grant and Julia at Bridal Veil Falls.

El Capitan

Our home for the night was a "tent" cabin with three sides made of cinder blocks and the fourth just a canvas curtain. We had to make sure that all of our food and toiletries (anything that smells good) was put away in a bear-proof storage container. We even had to take Julia's booster seat out of the car because bears have learned that car seats often contain some yummy leftovers! Fortunately, we did not have any run-ins with a bear, but we did kind of hope to see a bear while we were in Yosemite.

Half Dome

Ewww, what is she touching me for?!

The river near our cabin was very cold.

Grant attempted to start a fire by rubbing two sticks together, but it didn't really work. Once I pulled out the matches and firewood, Kevin and Grant did a much better job of getting the fire going.

We roasted hot dogs and made smores while the kids told jokes.

Olmsted point was much less crowded than Yosemite Valley. We were able to spend some time scrambling over the rocks and enjoying the view.

A Yellow-Bellied Marmot! Our only wildlife sighting other than squirrels and birds.

Tenaya Lake


Kate said...

It's so gorgeous!!! I wish I was there. I could use a vacation.

Elizabeth said...

i think we all know by now that kate wants a vaca... lol

I loooove the scenery!!! It's sooo beautiful! And the pics of the family are priceless... i love the look on julia's face where she's pretending to fall off the rock.

Grammie/Mom said...

Colleen, your photos are great!! What kind of camera are you using? It's good to see all of you having a good time. What were Dan and Julia discussing on the log?

Leslie said...

it looks like such a pretty place. What a nice "vacation" you are getting. I love all the pictures

Colleen said...

Mom... just using a little Canon power shot. It's not fancy, but it takes good pictures outside. The indoor pics are hit and miss. High temp in Death valley when we were there between 8 and 10am was 105 or so. Since then we've seen much higher temps. UGH!!