Last fall we lucked out and snagged a last minute camping reservation at Crane’s Flat. We had a great time in Yosemite but really missed the waterfalls. Yosemite Falls rarely flows in the fall, and we really wanted the kids to see it after winter. We were on top of it this year, and we booked reservations early. We stayed in Lower Pines Campground. When you have a chance to stay in the Valley, you realize how super convenient it is. You don’t have to drive anywhere. There are shuttles that will take you all over the Valley floor or you can walk/ride bikes. The weather was still pretty cool and we had rain on Sunday. Overall though, we couldn’t have asked for nicer spring weather.
On Saturday, we jumped on the shuttle and went to the Visitor’s Center for a Jr. Ranger talk. Our kids love these and we take advantage of them whenever possible. Afterwards, we were wandering around and stumbled right into the most awesome ranger program we have ever experienced. It was run by a descendent of the Miwok Indians. He showed us all ton of edible plants and let the kids hold different toys the Miwok children would play with. The best part though – he taught us how to throw darts. We had such a blast.
Later that day we hiked to Mirror Lake. The Boy complained the whole time and The Missus had to keep feeding him Jelly Belly’\s to get him to walk. He was driving us crazy. The lake was gorgeous but we dreaded the hike out. Complaining kid and all. It turns out his hiking boots were too small. Poor guy’s feet hurt. The Missus felt horrible!
We saved all the waterfalls for Sunday morning. The shuttle dropped us off right at Yosemite Falls and we made the short walk in to the base. No big hiking – not with The Boy and his sore feet. The falls were gorgeous. Even with the drought, they were still amazing. The Mister wasn’t feeling so great on Sunday. He felt like he was coming down with a bug, so we packed up camp early and headed home.
For our next trip to Yosemite, The Missus wants to carve out time to hike to the three groves of Giant Sequoias. We think they will be pretty amazing. Especially because they are off the beaten path. Have you made it to all the Giant Sequoia Groves? This is becoming one of The Missus’s must dos.