This past Saturday, I was gently awoken at 4:30am by Ben asking if I wanted to go to Yosemite for the day. Well, needless to say we were both out of bed and ready to go in a matter of minutes. In the dark of the early morning, we began the roughly two and a half hour drive to the park. I find few things more exciting and fun then an early morning on the road, heading towards adventure with my husband and our little dog.
We stopped at a little coffee shop in this tiny town, not far from the park, and picked up some of the BEST breakfast burritos we’ve ever had. Seriously, they were incredible. I wish I could remember the name of the place we got them.
We got to the park before 9am, and it was very quiet and relatively empty, compared to how Yosemite has been in the past when we’ve gone. And the park was covered in a blanket of crisp, white snow. It was breathtaking (even more so than it is normally, which is saying A LOT). If you ever have the chance to visit the park in the winter, I highly recommend that you do it. It is an entirely different experience.
We spent the day driving through the valley, stopping periodically to go on little hikes and take pictures. We had such a blast! It was an incredible way to kick off the new year. The day was perfect, El Cap and Half Dome looked even more out of this world than they normally do, rising high above the valley floor and looming off in the distance, dusted with snow and dripping with ice.
Gunner had so much fun running around in the snow. He loves it when we kick snow at him. It’s hilarious to watch, as he jumps around trying to catch the powdery snow in his mouth. By the time we headed home, he was exhausted and slept the entire way back. Ben and I made some great new memories in the valley that day. I am so thankful for such an amazing adventure buddy that I can do so many fun things with!
Happy New Year, from our family to yours!