Alex & Joelle Adventures | Yosemite

Over Thanksgiving weekend Alex and I set off for a long weekend of adventure to Yosemite National Park. Since we don’t have family in California to spend Thanksgiving with, it seemed appropriate to instead spend it with mother nature! After a long and busy Fall, a weekend in the mountains was exactly what I needed. Nothing makes me feel more alive and refreshed than standing alone in nature, closing my eyes, taking a long deep breath and opening my eyes again to see God’s magnificent creation. Deadlines, pressures and the worries of everyday life simply aren’t allowed in this place. Only positivity, creativity and wonder fill my head.
It was an idyllic weekend. We stayed at the most charming little AirBnB an hour and a half outside the park and when we arrived home each night, exhausted and starving, we had crockpot dinners waiting for us. It may not have been your typical turkey dinner, but it got the job done!

Come take a peek into our weekend…

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The drive into the Park was beautiful! Once you hit the entrance sign, you still have about 45 minutes before you even get to the valley floor. But along the way you wind up and through a snowy mountain and it was incredible to see the morning light poking through the trees. I had to resist telling Alex to stop every other turn!

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This is essentially your first view when you reach the other side of the mountain. Breathtaking!

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We hiked to Vernal Falls on Thanksgiving day. It was relatively short hike, only 2.5 miles but a 1,000ft elevation gain to the top of the falls. The last portion of the hike goes straight up and right next to the falls, tiring and exciting! It goes without saying that it was also beautiful. (And cold! Even if you see us in t-shirts and without hats, it’s only because we’re so warm from hiking. It was chilly, especially at the top)

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Our adorable AirBnB!

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The following photos are from the best hike of the weekend, Upper Yosemite Falls.

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7.2 miles with an elevation gain of 2,700 feet! I’m not gonna lie, I was reallllly out of shape for this trip and this hike was rough but SOOO rewarding! Note to self, maybe go to the gym once or twice before you plan an awesome weekend of hiking, just a thought.

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If you haven’t noticed, there are a lot of waterfalls here. It’s magical.

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On our last day we were surprised with a snow storm on the way out of the park. And by surprised, we had checked the weather and saw the forecast for snow but decided to ignore it. Being from Minnesota we thought we could handle it. However, the difference between driving in snow in Minnesota and driving in snow in Yosemite is there aren’t any mountains to drive down in Minnesota. It was a white knuckle, jaw clenching and beautiful drive. Looking back, it just made the trip that much more fun and exciting! (Says me, the one who didn’t have to drive)

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Blooper reel: Apparently Alex finds National Parks exceedingly boring.

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To see more, check out our weekend in Zion from earlier this year!

Thanks for stopping by, I’d love to know you were here! Please leave a comment and say hello!

4 Comments

  1. by Denice on December 27, 2016  2:58 am Reply

    This makes my heart sing. Everything about these photos is amazing. Even the blooper reel. I love that the two of you are doing these things together. It SO reminds me of our days in Montana!! Keep up the good work. Love you, and you photos. Keep up the good work. And, belated Merry Christmas!

  2. by Meredith Sledge on December 27, 2016  4:41 am Reply

    HAHA! The last photos of Alex yawning! So funny! BEAUTIFUL photos though!!!

  3. by McKinzie on December 27, 2016  5:01 am Reply

    The frosty leaves are incredible. I'm glad you were as taken with Yosemite as we were. We also had a snowstorm on the day we drove out. Tire chains were employed. Happy Boxing Day!

  4. by Laura on December 27, 2016  5:23 am Reply

    Loved the post Joey! It looks like you had a great time

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