Hike: Mono Pass, Yosemite

This is another hike within Yosemite National Park that we enjoy.  Due to the distance (7.5 miles out-and-back), this is the first time we’ve tried it with our son.  We were afraid it might be a bit long for him, but, since the elevation gain on this hike is relatively mild, we decided to give…

Trail Run: Mirror Lake, Yosemite Valley

After spending the last two months recovering from a calf injury, I jumped back into trail running Saturday with an awesome trail run in Yosemite Valley. It was the perfect run to get me back on the trail, and it felt amazing. I was afraid to try anything too hilly, so I chose the section…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

My husband and I were married at Glacier Point in Yosemite, after sunset, just as the full moon was rising over the mountains.  As we waited for the sun to set and the moon to rise, a friend caught me and my soon-to-be husband kissing. Photo of a Photo Autumn, 2003 Glacier Point, Yosemite ***…

Butterfly, The Fen, Yosemite Valley

Quite a few of these beautiful butterflies were fluttering around “The Fen” in Yosemite Valley on Saturday morning. Haven’t heard of “The Fen”?  It’s one of my favorite little spots in Yosemite Valley.  It’s a short boardwalk trail through a marsh.  If you follow the trail from the Happy Isles shuttle stop to the Nature…

American Robin

We found a ton of these cute little guys hopping around on the forest floor between the Ahwahnee Hotel and Yosemite Village.  My son has been asking about robins a lot lately, as he’s obsessed with Batman and Robin.  We’ve shown him photos of robins, and he was interested, but we were excited to finally…

10 Things To Do In Yosemite Valley With Little Kids

I’ve been visiting Yosemite National Park my entire life.  My adventures there began at a young age, with my first backpacking trip at three, followed by many more family camping, hiking, and backpacking trips throughout my childhood.  As an adult, I’ve regularly visited the park three-four times per year.  Before having a child, Yosemite, to…

Nature Fun for Kids: Take a Photo Walk

Our new favorite nature outing is to take a walk together with our cameras.  Provide a child with a camera, and he’ll see the world in a different way.  Every day while in Yosemite National Park last week, my son begged us to take him outside to photograph the flowers.  Obviously, Yosemite naturally calls to…

Yosemite… Flowers Everywhere

Our first day in Yosemite, my five-year-old and I took a walk to check out the wildflowers.  I was impressed with his enthusiasm.  First, he exclaimed, ” Look!  Milkweed!!!”  Then a bit later, “And Indian Paintbrush!!”  These little blue butterflies were fluttering about everywhere.  Magical…

Ah… Yosemite

We’ve been in Yosemite for the past week without Internet access.  We’re home now, and I’ll catch up with you all as soon as I can!  Hope you had a great week!! This is the view from the top of Sentinel Dome… a great hike to do with kids!