Thankfully, my parents didn't have to help us move this year (unlike last year where their entire visit was filled with helping us set up the apartment, going shopping, and cleaning) so they were free to be tourists and explore. Nights were filled with dinners with family friends and then we went to Yosemite for the weekend.
It was the first time at Yosemite for everyone. We're not a super outdoorsy family (our idea of exercise is a one hour hike with Charlie) plus my dad recently had knee surgery, so we mainly saw the valley by car, which was nonetheless beautiful. Unfortunately most of the falls were dry since we went at the end of summer, but that just means I'll have to go back when it's spring time.
The valley floor
It was hard to pack for the weather. I had originally packed long pants and long sleeves, but then it turned out to be 80 degrees and this was the only short sleeve tee I packed! Then we ended up not really hiking anywhere, so JJ joked that I could have worn sandals all day. Outfit fail :(
"high school graduation" pics with my 50 mm lens
With the parental units
Glacier point -- my favorite part of the park
Half dome in the background
Half dome at dusk
The whirlwind tour with my family was a great overview and intro to the park, but I feel like there was still so much we didn't even touch on. I'd like to try hiking or camping in the spring time when all the falls are running. With the beauty and majesty of Half Dome and El Capital so close, now I see what the hype is all about.
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