Wednesday, August 26, 2015

One Perfect Day in Yosemite (with kids)

We went to Yosemite this month with my BFF Whitney and her family. What was conceived as an entire week camping with friends eventually became just a day trip for us, but that narrative is part of a much larger theme for 2015, which is, “make travel plans, and then cancel them a few months later.” I’m glad we didn’t cancel this trip because it was a day I’ll remember forever and (I hope) the beginning of a freaking sweet family tradition.

The itinerary was pretty light, but it was great for three kids under four.
4:00 a.m. Leave home
7:30 Arrive, eat breakfast donuts, explore Yosemite Village
9:00 Walk to Lower Yosemite Falls
11:30 Eat lunch at Ahwahee Hotel
1:00 Hike to Mirror Lake and play in the water
3:30 Drive to Tunnel View
4:30 Set up campsite, roast s'mores, take pictures
6:00 Drive home
(The Royals camped there for a couple more days)

On the way home, I held this polaroid in my hands and thought about how perfect the little picture was. I love the way Jack stares at these little Royal faces, their matching t shirts, how we can see Chris standing to the side, the trees, the mountains. I felt stupid for setting up the shot in such terrible lighting, but after a while I reminded myself what I love the most about polaroids: this picture is the only one like it in the world, and it’s mine.

I feel the same way about our itinerary. Sure, we could have made some logistical changes I guess, but at the end of the day, this whirlwind adventure was a once-in-a-lifetime trip for us. That was the only day like that we’ll ever have, and that’s what made it so perfect.

b perry


  1. This is the most perfect post. And you summed up Polaroids perfectly.

  2. I couldn't have picked anyone better to do crazy once-in-a-lifetime adventures with.


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