When I was 16, I had the awesome opportunity to travel to California for a school field trip that explored San Francisco, Sequoia and Redwood National Forests, Santa Cruz, Monterrey, and last but not least, Yosemite National Park. Yosemite was by FAR my favorite part of the entire excursion and, although we don’t have any immediate plans on visiting, I had to create this Yosemite appreciation post as almost a before-and-after for when I take RJ.
RJ has never been as outdoorsy as me (and yes, I am quite outdoorsy – I just happen to like people less than him so I stay indoors most of the time haha). I ran across a few spectacular photos of the park on Tumblr and hopped on Google images and already started planning our trip, which is funny since two days ago I decided we were also going south for my birthday to explore San Diego; can you tell I want a vacation?
The park is actually in a valley surrounded by huge mountains on all sides. It was 9 years ago, but I remember the fun like it were yesterday. We stayed in little cottages on a campground in the valley and I remember one night, against the judgment of our chaperones who were sleeping, a group of us snuck out and decided we wanted to touch a mountain. We climbed and climbed until we got to the rock face and as we were patting the mountain, our flashlights died. I had never seen so many stars in my life and the feeling of isolation was deafening. I couldn’t even get scared because it was so beautiful, though I did manage to freak out on our climb down in the pitch dark. I remember a guy in our group of five (Tyler was his named) tripped and fell ten feet injuring his ankle. Irresponsible, but soooo much fun.
One of the amazing parts of the trip to us Floridians was the complete lack of insects. We couldn’t believe the lack of mosquitoes. Back in Florida, there are clouds of them that follow you everywhere so you’re constantly surrounded by buzzing, and it was so silent in the valley it was almost eerie. Not that any of us complained.
Waterfalls are everywhere in Yosemite. You have the actual Yosemite falls (which, if I remember correctly are actually three falls in one) that are awesome… from a distance. Of course, our entire group had to take a tour to the actual falls but all I remember was an immense amount of wind and my clothes getting DRENCHED haha. Still wouldn’t trade the experience for the world, but from the photos you’d think I went swimming. There were other falls throughout the park that we explored, one being Bridalveil (I thiiiink) and one of my friends managed to upload photos of that excursion. So, for your viewing pleasure, 16 year old Will:
I know, I don’t know what I was thinking with that hair.
Anyway, this is just a post to pressure the future me into taking RJ up there so he can appreciate Yosemite as much as I did. It should make for a pretty spectacular vlog, don’t ya think?
If anyone else has any suggestions for breathtaking vacations like Yosemite, make sure to mention them in the comment section below.