Yosemite

July 18, 2014

We arrived in Yosemite as dusk began to fall. We made our way down a trail to a small creek to set up camp. Sissy and I went off to fetch firewood as the men set up the tent and mother dear prepared dinner. 
 Photo taken while fetching firewood 

Photo taken while fetching firewood 

Night fell and so did the temperature. We sat around the bonfire, telling stories, and trying to stay warm. As the night began to settle in, mom and Kelly turned in for the night. We lied down on the picnic table, under a blanket of California stars. It was exactly how I imagined California to be at night- magical.

July 19, 2014

Morning came and we were off to explore Yosemite for the first time. God created it all so beautifully here in this corner of the world.
My soul was filled with excitement and joy as hiked through the park. The trees were unlike any I had ever seen in real life. Also, no humidity. This is what heaven must feel like. There were waterfalls almost everywhere, you really had to go on the longer trails to get to the ones with the least amount of tourists (heads up!). 
At this point, nausea had set in from the winding mountain turns, but we had arrived at Glacier Point. A storm was rolling in, we dared not to make the hike. Just take a moment to look at how majestic this place is. Waterfalls everywhere (could not fit them all in one photo), oh and the rocks, magnificently large and beautiful. Flashes of lightning danced along the horizon, striking more often than not.
 Mother dear captured a shot of the lightning on her iphone 4.

Mother dear captured a shot of the lightning on her iphone 4.

As the day came to an end, we searched for the perfect campsite, set up tent, and explored the area. There was a creek nearby with clear rushing water, we tried it, it was great, and yes I know that is unsafe.
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 Sunrise from our campsite.

Sunrise from our campsite.