Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Yosemite in the Winter

*Yosemite, Summer 1984 (my dad was SO young, 24 years old)

Some of my fondest memories growing up are of our annual camping trips to Yosemite National Park. My family has been going every year since my mom was a little girl. You might not know it by looking at me, but I am out-doorsy. I LOVE camping. And I'm not talking about that sissy motor home/cabin "camping," I mean real life tenting it (as long as there are bathrooms :).

*katie, stevie, josh, grandma, travis, melanie, grandpa, me, rachel, joey (Summer, 1987)

These are my grandparents, Dave & Meljean. They started the Yosemite tradition. They are so much fun to camp with. I can remember sitting next to the river with my grandma, while she gave my cousins & I painting lessons. I remember getting up early to go fishing with my uncles & grandpa. 

* Summer, 1992

Sadly, I haven't been to Yosemite since I've been married (almost 5 years!) which means Ryan has never been! So when I heard we were going to spend New Years in Nothern California this year, with day trips to Yosemite & San Fracisco, I was ecstatic!! Especially because I had never been there in the winter time & I knew it was going to be so pretty. 

Wendy had 5 layers on. And no, she could not put her arms down. She looked like a puffy pink marshmallow. 

Here you can kinda see half-dome behind us. My dad has climbed it a couple times. He's been trying to get me to climb it with him for years. Sorry dad. 

The ice skating rink was surrounded by trees & mountains- it was gorgeous. Then we had chilli & hot chocolate for lunch. Nothing tastes better than hot chocolate after ice skating. 

After ice skating, we took a nice, heated tram ride around Yosemite. I felt like I was showing Ryan around an old neighborhood I grew up in. I can't wait until this summer when we finally go back for a REAL camping trip. 


Christy said...

So fun! I remember when were graced with being invited to go up to Yosemite. That really was an amazing trip with your family. That's where I was schooled in the art of Hand and Foot, and Golf. That was also my first experience with a bear eating all the food out of your parent's car. :) Good times. Good times. :)

Shannon said...

That is gorgeous! Those are seriously beautiful family photos. I loved hearing about your Yosemite memories too. Isn't it fun to think about those . . . and then you think about your mom and realize how much work that probably was for her. I hope I have the energy to create fun family memories for my kids like I had. Thanks for sharing!
BTW You look so beautiful! Love those boots.

Larsen Party 24/7 said...

those pictures are so cute! i love camping, too but only in tents - i can't sleep out under the stars i'm too scared. now that i think about it, wendy looks like a yo gabba gabba character in that pink puffy suit. or the kid from the christmas story movie.

Beth said...

I Love the picture of you and dad!...You look like Wendy in that picture and dad looks a teenager!

I love all the Yosemite trips too! I hope we can book sites to get in this year!

Lana said...

How cool that you guys do all those trips. And, by the way, you're lookin pretty hot Heather! Woo woo! :)

jenn said...

WENDY GETS CUTER EVERY DAY! i love her in her marshmallow suit!!!

Rachel said...

Yosemite is the best. I hope we can go this year. we need to keep this tradition going!