I went to Yosemite a handful of times growing up. I don’t have any super clear memories, but some bits and pieces from a tiny kiddo’s eyes. The clearest memory I have is holding my dad’s hand while climbing up some very slippery rocks (I think toward a waterfall…?) on a very misty hike.
Now I’ve been going every year with my sister and a great group of her friends. I’ve gone seven times as an “adult.” And it’s never quite been the Yosemite that I vaguely remember as a kid. That hazy memory of Yosemite is grander. Not that I don’t find Yosemite wholly impressive and spectacular and an unbelievable place no matter what (even the year it was raining almost the entire trip…) But it was just a touch short of that magical place I remembered as a child.
This year, the magic returned. Back to its FULL FORCE.
I’d say it was 95% that WE HAVE WATER IN CALIFORNIA AGAIN!!!! The waterfalls were…. well, real waterfalls! The rivers were flowing! Snow is melting! Rapids returned! The greenery was more vibrant!
The water has been oh-so-good to us.
(I think we need about three more years as snowy and rainy as last year just to break even after our crazy drought, but that’s a story for another day.)
5% of it is that I have felt really out of balance the last month or so. I always do during a really busy time, especially when my poor little introverted homebody self is deprived of quiet time at home to recuperate.
This trip was healing. It was almost a religious experience. I was an absolute wreck the last couple days leading up to our trip, with deadlines and work woes and a burned hand. Preston said I just needed to find my balance, and if any place could do that for me, it’s Yosemite.
So true. I don’t think I’ve bounced back to myself (or mostly there anyway) when I’m feeling off-kilter so quickly ever before.
And THAT, my sweet friends, is my extremely long story to explain why this post is extremely long and why I absolutely could not cut out any more spectacular pictures of this phenomenal trip. I wish the pictures did this place justice. It is so very magical, and it felt like a privilege to see it restored to such glory.