While half of the Bay Area was preoccupied with the shenanigans at Outside Lands with Ranger Dave, I decided to sell my tickets for my second camping trip ever to Yosemite National Park. Although I was torn about missing out on Sam Smith and Elton John, among many others, I felt that exploring through Yosemite would be a better decision for my soul. My experience in camping is very limited so I was eager to learn more. It was a little challenging to prepare for the trip as I was unsure of what to pack and how to really prepare for a weekend out with Mother Nature.
Needless to say, this camping trip was a ton of work — even with packing just the bare necessities. There were many things I’ve taken for granted in this modern world that makes life, even camping, a whole lot easier. What made it even more difficult for us was the fact that we had to switch campsites pretty much every day of the weekend. We drove 4+ hours after work on Friday only to arrive at our first campsite, Wawona Campground, at midnight and set up the tents to sleep. In the morning, we packed up everything to move up the park to North Pines Campground where we had more time to relax and cruise around.
I must admit, there’s nothing like waking up in the middle of the woods and being greeted by the crisp morning breeze. We started our days much earlier than our usual weekends and I really enjoyed setting up the gas grill to cook bacon and eggs for breakfast. On our way to the second campground, we stopped by the Bridalveil Fall to climb over giant boulders to get a better look of the trickling water (which had clearly dried up from the draught). We spent our Saturday afternoon riding around the valley on our rented bikes, exploring through Mirror Lake (the draught is serious). I wish we had more time to hike through Glacier Point or gotten lucky enough to be selected for the Half Dome Cable hike. These residual feelings are nothing new to me, I always feel this way after any kind of traveling, I’m always left with a yearning for more. I’ve learned to come to terms with this by looking forward for the next opportunity I get to visit!