3/2/09

Travel Time: Yosemite National Park

Tonight, in the tradition of "Loose Ends Vol ? No.?", "Life With Hayden", and "Taryn and the..." I'm starting a new series of posts called "Travel Time". Mark and I have always like to go places together and we've always dragged the kiddos along for the ride. We been a lot of places and seen some weird stuff so I thought where better to share those experiences then here on the worldwideweb...I might need to rethink this...

So tonight, on our very first stop, we're going to visit one of our country's most beautiful places,

Yosemite National Park in California.

To let you know, these pictures are scrapbooked, meaning they ain't coming off the page any time soon in the next century...so I had to take them out of their album to shoot a picture...

To set the scene...Mark and I had been married about 6 or 7 months at this point. We live in the San Joaquin valley of California, in a growing town called Tracy. Yes, we lived in a town named after a cheerleader. Tracy is located just below Sacramento and Stockton and is about an hour east of San Francisco.

During our first year there, Mark's parents came out to visit us for a week in November, driving all the way from Florida in their warm, comfortable motorhome. And since they had never been to Yosemite we decided to go camping for the weekend.



As you can sorta see, Yosemite is a national treasure...from El Capitan, to the Three Brides, from it's beautiful foliage to it's majestic Redwoods


a picture of my in-laws and me around the campfire...good times...their nice and comfortable motorhome just a mere yard or two away...here, let me show you a picture of the inside...


This is the inside of my in-laws motorhome...my father-in-law is sitting in the driver's seat and my husband's in the black jacket with his back to the camera...

the blue blob? oh, that would be me...
what am I doing?
Well, I'm blowing up the beach float
that my husband and I would be sleeping on.
What, you didn't sleep in the warm, comfortable motorhome?

no...here's where we slept...



a pup tent

That's me looking on as Mark puts the finishing touches on our post honeymoon suite. Notice the yellow thing on the ground? I found out a few minutes later that was the other half of our mattress, a yellow beach float to match the blue beach float (Mark said he got the blue and yellow ones because blue and gold were our high school colors, what a romantic...sigh).

If you've never met us, my husband is 6'4 and I'm a petite 5'10...we ain't tiny people. But we managed to squeeze our large selves into our green cocoon, after shoving our rapidly decreasing beach floats in.

I woke up a few hours later,
and as the freezing rain began to pour into our pup tent,
I thought about the last words my mother-in-law whispered to me that night, moments before I was zipped into our green honeymoon suite...

"I'll leave the side door unlocked"

2 comments:

Barb said...

Just the sound of the word "Yosemite" brings my mind back to my own fantastic memories of my trip there last year. I'm thinking I might have had a little better accomodations though than you had! But....when you're with the people you love, it's all a blast, right??!!!

Joe Yosemite said...

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