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Yosemite National Park: Government Shutdown

We’re fortunate.  We visit Yosemite National Park four or so times every year.  This past weekend, we went to the park to celebrate our ten-year wedding anniversary.  We stayed at a family cabin in Yosemite West, which is in the park, but technically outside the park.  We were allowed to go to the cabin, but…

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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…

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Hike: Lower Cathedral Lake, Yosemite

It’s official… my son has truly become a hiker!  While in Yosemite over the weekend, we decided to let our kindergartener choose which alpine lake we’d hike to… one that would require a three mile, a five-mile, or a seven-mile round-trip hike.  He excitedly exclaimed, “The seven mile one!”  We gave him a few chances…

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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…

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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…

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Great Kid Hike, Sentinel Dome, Yosemite

My favorite hike to do in Yosemite National Park with our five-year-old son, so far, has been Sentinel Dome.  Every year, starting when he was 6 weeks old, we’ve been taking him up here.  He’s been able to do the hike on his own, without us carrying him, since he was two. The hike to…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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!