It’s that time of the week… A blog post update from me. I hope you all are doing well and are enjoying the beginning of this fresh October Monday. Make sure to take some time for yourself this week, whether that be in reading a book, writing your own blog post, or catching a breath of fresh air.
And speaking of fresh air…
This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to go to Yosemite National Park in Northern California. For those of you who don’t know, Yosemite is the States’ biggest national park and was crucial in the development of the National Parks system as well. During my research on the park, I learned that Yosemite is about the size of Rhode Island, and it sure felt like it.
Keep close to nature’s heart… And break away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. –John Muir
Yosemite is proof that things really can make more sense in the wild ruggedness of nature, and here are a few of my favorite snapshots of my one day in Yosemite.
1. SEVEN HOUR HIKE? Nothing.
What was supposed to be a three hour hike eventually turned into a seven hour ordeal, and my body will not recover for the next few days. The culprit?
The Four Mile Hike that connects two of Yosemite’s best features: Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point.
This hike was arduous, tough, and breathtaking (in more ways than one). First off, I was not prepared for the higher field elevation, and I’m not the most athletic person in the world (according to some hehe). That being said, the hike up the mountain was, needless to say, rigorous–and worth it.
About a half mile from Glacier Point, a couple passed me by and jokingly told me that I should have driven to the top of the mountain. I laughed, not understanding that one can actually drive to the top. Though I was pretty upset at first (five miles up a mountain is a killer), I realized that there is something in being able to complete a hike like this using your own two legs (and a few Lunchables, jokes from friends, and chugs of water).
2. A RETURN TRIP IS NECESSARY
Yosemite is one of those places that cannot be seen in just one day. There’s too much going on, and each view is different. One second the sun is bright and burning, and the next there’s a thunderstorm booming across the distance.
This is the truth of nature: There is balance in the unpredictable. If things were always set in stone, then where would the fun be?
I plan on returning to Yosemite one day, and I hope you can also check it out in the future. There are aspects of this park for everyone.
3. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN
In a place like Yosemite National Park, anything can (and will) happen. Random quail bouncing across the trail? Check. Prank your friend with a backpack full of rocks? Check. A rainbow on your trek down the mountain? Check.
If you take the first step, you’ll find that the possibilities are endless, as long as you bring water and a friend (or five of them).