Have you ever seen the black and white photos that made Ansel Adams famous? Ansel Adams was mesmerized with the beauty of the Yosemite valley, so he spent a lot of his time capturing that beauty in all it’s glory. We found out why too! On the drive into Yosemite, as we came through the tunnel into the valley, you are literally blinded with the brilliance of the whole Yosemite valley. It was breath taking to see the waterfalls and the gigantic granite cliffs that make it famous. What made our time in this valley even more precious was the fact that our dear friends the Silverberg family drove over from Phoenix to enjoy the park with us. We got the opportunity to hike to Lower Yosemite and Bridalveil Falls, have a snow ball fight, throw rocks in the river, play games like red rover and spend time in wonderful fellowship. There were also new friends to meet each day as the noise of all our kids playing attracted other children and their families. The kids were having such a good time that when we gave them the chance to rock climbing, they asked instead that we stay in camp to play red rover (again and again and again).
I was reminded once again that this whole trip is about relationships. We spent our time tying strings, called memories, that weave our hearts together, as a family and with our friends. It was so much fun just hanging out and sharing life with dear friends, and it was great to meet new people and make a connection in the moment. It seems like when we intentionally take the time to slow down and simplify our lives, in those moments we allow relationships to blossom.
Yosemite is a must do for any family. We learned a couple things that will make any trip more memorable. Go in the spring so that the waterfalls will all be flowing, arrive on a Monday and leave before Friday, avoid dates that line up with school spring breaks, and avoid the campgrounds unless you LOVE campfire smoke. When you go, have fun!!!