Since I had just gotten my new camera, I took a ridiculous amount of pictures. Because there are so many, I decided to break it up into a few different posts so it wasn't quite so overwhelming. But still, I hope you're prepared for a ton of pictures!
On our first day, we decided to do a long hike to Clouds Rest. It is just over 14 miles round trip, so we knew we were in for a long day. I was really looking forward to this hike because it was new to me, and I've always heard my mom and our family friends say such great things about the views. And they weren't kidding, the views were spectacular! There was a great view of Half Dome and Yosemite Valley as well as the higher peaks in Tuolumne and the surrounding mountains. Although it had been pretty smokey due to nearby forest fires, the view was still stunning.
|See Tenaya Lake in the background? That's where we started!|
After our long hike, we were all exhausted. Tradition is to jump into Teneya Lake every day, and this was no different. I am always so scared before I dive in, but it's so refreshing after the shock wears off.
Friday morning, we woke up early for a special day of rock climbing with my Dad. Since I was young, I've always wanted to climb The Great White Book. It's a beautiful setting that overlooks Tenaya Lake. Both my Mom and sister have been able to climb that route with my Dad, but each time he's tried to take me there were already people climbing since it's a rather popular route.
This year, we were lucky! My Dad's friend, whom we affectionately call Uncle Dave, joined us for the day. My Dad and I climbed first, and Andrew and my Uncle Dave followed behind us. It was such a fun day. The route was different than anything I had climbed before. The crack was very wide, so the climb was physical, but not too challenging.
Andrew and I both had such a great time climbing with my Dad. It was really special for me to do that climb in particular, it had been a bucket list item for sure!
After our climb, we joined the rest of our group at the lake for sandwiches and to relax on the beach. My Dad and Dave were off for another rock climb, but it was great to spend time playing with Phillip!
My favorite treat when we're up in Tuolumne is the soft serve ice cream at the Tuolumne Grill, I know that sounds ridiculous, but it is THE BEST soft serve. Ever. That could be because I usually have just done a 14 mile hike or 3 hour rock climb, but still, it's amazing. Since we were too late following our Clouds Rest hike Thursday, we made sure to get there in time on Friday evening. And it was just as delicious as always. Do yourself a favor, and order one if you're ever in Tuolumne. Even if the line is out the door.
Ok...I'll let your eyes rest for now, but I'll be back tomorrow where I left off with more pictures and stories of our trip!
This really made me miss my family, I'm ready to go back!!
I hope you're all having a wonderful day!