GIve a girl a three-day weekend, and she'll ask to take a vacation.
This girl, at least. And this time, I set my sights on Yosemite National Park.
Two of my closest friends (alright, one is my boyfriend) and I drove up to Yosemite on a Saturday morning, listening to The Supremes and B.B. King, playing musical seats at gas stations and rest stops and catching up on life happenings. But what really perfected the road trip was our impromptu stop in Coarsegold, California at a roadside flea market.
Things that made it into the car with us:
- A watch
- A cast iron pan
- A cast iron skillet
- A bag of kettle corn
- White peach & lavender jam
We filled up on some of the most delicious and authentic tacos I've ever had, and continued on to Yosemite.
We arrived at our Campsite in the late afternoon and set up camp before exploring the nearby creek and prepping dinner - hot dogs, s'mores and wine, of course.
Alright, I'll acknowledge the socks and sandals - it was WAY colder than we expected it to be in early September - it dropped down into the 40's at night. You live, you learn!
The next day we drove into the park. The entrance road takes you through a tunnel - a fairly long tunnel - and when you come out on the other side, this view fills your windshield.
Needless to say, on a holiday weekend, it was absolutely packed. sometimes the roads moved slow, and the trails were busy. But we knew that going in. What we didn't know going in was that early September falls in the dry season at Yosemite, so none of the waterfalls were falling, and Mirror Lake was dry. Like, we sat on the bottom of the lake bed dry. But everything was still breathtakingly beautiful even without the water, so how could we be upset?
The park was wonderful. It was the perfect place to spend the long weekend away from the city with friends and the great outdoors. I only wish we would have had more time to explore the park and relax at the campsite.
For those wondering, the drive back to LA on Monday included the Baha Men Pandora station, more roadside stops for photos, and another stop at the Coarsegold flea market (for candles and soap...and more tacos).
View the full photo album here!