Ramblings of a small town girl living in suburbia
I’ve been either preggo or hovering over babies the last three summers, and let me tell you, I’ve been seriously jonesing for some fresh, mountain air. So when it looked like Little Pia was finally over his I-hate-the-car-and-I’m-gonna-torture-you-every-long-mile-with-my-screaming phase (aka, his first 1+ year), I made reservations in Yosemite quicker than you can say “s’more”.
Then we had a “little” incident where Little Pia screamed his head off for an hour while we were spending the night with family and, on the same trip, cried for an hour-and-a-half straight on the way home. I was scared. (I’ll tell you sometime about the time he screamed for three hours on our way home from Mendocino).
What a mental battle, I
‘m sure know I drove everyone around me nuts. I went from “I’m not going. What if he wakes up the whole campground?” to “I’m going! I’m not going to get scared away, and I don’t want to miss out on the fun!” and back to “I’m not going. I can’t take it!”. In the end, I’m glad I sucked it up and didn’t chicken out. I mean, look how gorgeous this place is!
Yosemite is definitely touristy, but it’s great for families and fall is the perfect time of year to go. The weather is still warm and the crowds have died down (although not completely gone away). Many of the more popular trails, like Lower Yosemite Falls, Mirror Lake, and the first part of the Mist Trail, are paved – perfect for strollers and (where allowed) bikes. Big Pia rode his balance bike on most of our hikes.
We stayed in the Housekeeping Camp in Yosemite Valley. It’s a perfect first “camping” trip if you have younger kiddos: three concrete walls, a concrete floor, a canvas roof, a couple of beds, with a kitchen prep area, camp table, and a fire pit.
Oh, and BONUS! power outlets! We brought some Christmas lights to add some fun. Our neighbors all loved the lights because they could find their sites in the dark.
The pias did not let us down. For all my freaking out, they were troopers and the trip went surprisingly smooth. Some small wakeups during the night, but no “OMG, I’m so embarrassed!” moments, which I call a big success. It was a good reminder to not get so wrapped up about stuff, and just go for it!
I brought my Delta Breeze quilt along to have on hand for picnics, evening stroller rides, and al fresco naps.
Thanks for a fun trip, Yosemite, we’ll see you next fall!