Monday, September 19, 2016

Choose Your Own Adventure!

Anyone remember these books from your childhood? Well, they're labeled classics, which make me feel really old, but other than that, they were awesome books! You would be reading along, and then come to a place where you have to make a choice about your next step. You'd either choose wrong and kill yourself off, or choose wisely and move on to the next challenge.
Yesterday was a bit of a "Choose Your Own Adventure" type of day for us. We had planned to visit Muir Woods on a Sunday. Since the woods are several hours from our house, and since we know Muir Woods State Park is a very popular place, we planned to leave early in the morning for our day trip. Everything was packed up and ready the night before, so early Sunday morning, we fed the troops and hit the road.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Love Yosemite? Hate Crowds?

If so, I'm with you. Look, I get it, the scenery is spectacular, the water is crystal clear and refreshing. The massive granite cliffs, the grassy meadows dotted with wildflowers and butterflies, the roaring waterfalls...Yosemite has it all! The only thing it's missing is readily available campsites, but we'll even put up with that hassle in order to view its majesty. The one thing that is difficult are the crowds. Because Yosemite is so spectacular, it does get very crowded. So many times we want to visit on a three day weekend or holiday, because, let's face it, that's when we have the extra time off! But the thought of dealing with the traffic jams, the throngs of people, and then the possibility of not even being able to enjoy the beauty without someone else elbowing into your space...it really makes you wonder if it's worth the effort at all. Well, I think it is. And we found some ways to enjoy the beauty all by ourselves!!!