Sunday, July 17, 2011

Picture-Heavy Vacation Highlights

Despite the spill I took while on vacation, we really did have a good time. Everywhere we went, everywhere we looked, there were jaw-dropping views. When we arrived in San Francisco, we took a few hours to squeeze in a little sight-seeing. I maneuvered the streets in our rented SUV with Jordan as my navigator.

Dan was thrilled to get a glimpse of Alcatrez at our very first stop!

We climbed up to Lombard Street.

I want to live in this blue house--look at the flowers!

We ate lunch down at Ghiradelli Square

and walked along the Fisherman's Wharf area.

We even managed a very chilly walk across the Golden Gate Bridge!

After that, we headed towards Yosemite!

The first day in Yosemite, our whole group drove to the south of the park, in hopes of avoiding some of the holiday crowds. We tackled our first hike to the Mariposa Grove near Wawona.

It was an easy 2.5 mile hike, but with the steep climb

and Jordan's bum knee, he decided to sit out the long version with Dan.

I'd never seen sequoia trees before---they truly are amazing!

After a picnic lunch alongside the river,

Jana, Rob, Callie, Jordan and I decided to drive up to Glacier Point before returning to the house for supper. We stopped first at Washburn Point and got our first glimpse of Half Dome.

Glacier Point was a bit further down the road, but the view there was also amazing. Standing there with the mountains before us and the valley below left everyone a bit speechless---there really are no words to describe the beauty and lushness and power surrounding us.

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