Okay, first let me start by explaining how this trip all got started. Around 6 months ago I saw that my auntie, Marie (she's only 3 years older lol) was planning an open invite trip to Yosemite. Immediately my eyes got large and I contacted her letting her know my interest. She said there was plenty of room because she was getting a 30 person campsite so I confirmed my attendance and the planning began. Like all events these days everything was handled through a Facebook event page. About a month before our trip we realized that the campsite was actually for 6 people and by this time 15 people had already confirmed their attendance. Thankfully, everything got all sorted out and everyone agreed to chip in for a cabin. A majority of people attending lived in Palmdale/Lancaster so that was our meeting place.
Journey begins - On route to Lancaster
Friday, May 15 around 6:30AM my journey to Yosemite began. We had about a 2 hour drive up to Lancaster where I would meet with our Yosemite group. Once I arrived in Lancaster I was briefly introduced to most of the attendees on the trip and ate the typical filipino breakfast (spam & fried rice). Then we all helped pack up all the cars which took a little longer than expected causing us to leave later than we anticipated. Eventually, we all packed into our assigned cars and the journey to Yosemite began with 3 cars deep.
On route to Yosemite
I was assigned to a car with my other aunt(my age lol) and her boyfriend and friend who we just met that day. I don't remember much about the car ride though because I only got 4 hours of sleep so I took a nap. About an hour away from Yosemite we stopped in Fresno to eat at a place called Dog House Grill. I ordered their pulled pork sandwich and it was hands down the best pulled pork sandwich I'ver ever had! Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture because I didn't know these people yet and I feared that they would judge me for taking a picture of my food lol. But really, it was so delicious! Must try if you are ever near Fresno.
Destination reached - Yosemite
The drive through was so beautiful! Once we entered the main gates of Yosemite we...well Nathan(on the right) used the map to guide us to Wawona where we would be staying.
The Cabin - Garth knows
We had a cute little cabin in Wawona. It was only suppose to be for 7 people but we fit 15 people in like a boss. We only had one bathroom too which resulted in the coldest shower I've ever taken. If you look at all our instagram pictures of yosemite you'll notice the hashtag #garthknows which comes from the interesting man that owns all of these cabins named Garth.
Our Neighboring Cabins
The men got to work right away finding us some firewood to heat up the cabin
Wawona Swinging Bridge
After everyone was all settled into the cabin we decided that we needed to make use of the remainder of the day! So using Garth's suggestions we headed over to the Wawona swinging bridge for some adventure.
We brought beer with us...lol
At first we thought it said 7 miles...but if you look closely it's really only 0.7 miles. Thank goodness!
Aha! There it is! The Swinging Bridge
The next day we got up pretty early so that we could drive an hour over to the mist trail.
The drive was full of breathtaking sights
This squirrel poses for food
After about 30 minutes or so we reached the first waterfall. I don't know if you can tell but those are some pretty steep stairs.
Top of Vernal Falls
A bunch of strenuous steps later we reached the second falls
Top of Nevada Falls
On The Way Down - John Muir Trail
A different perspective of Nevada Falls
El Capitan Meadow
We frolicked in this meadow & it was awesome
The Last Night
The last night consisted of delicious hamburgers, hotdogs, kings cup, flip cup, BP, beer, shots, and tons of laughter.
The winning flip cup team
The Last Morning - Wawona Creek
Just a couple minutes walking distance from our cabin was a beautiful creek. On the last morning a couple of us walked over to the creek to marvel in its beauty.
On The Way Home - Mariposa Grove
Before leaving Yosemite grounds we decided to stop by Mariposa Grove to look at the giant sequoia trees
The plan was to just walk to the tunnel tree which was only a mile but we ended up walking another mile to get to this giant fallen tree.
Check out this awesome video Carmelisa made!
This trip was truly an unforgettable experience and for many reasons. This trip honestly pushed my body to its limits. By the time our trip was over we completed around 13 miles of some easy & some strenuous trails. The mist trail I would say is what really took my physical ability to its limits. It was the most physically exerting & strenuous hike I have ever done but also the most breathtaking. So many times during that hike I literally thought my legs were going to fall off or that I was going to pass out. It was definitely a wake up call for me to start exercising...lol.I went on this trip head first not knowing what the turn out was going to be with so many people I didn't know. I'm so glad I took the leap and just went because it was such a great experience. I started off strangers with most of these people but as you can tell from the video and pictures we formed a bond. Yosemite was an amazing experience in itself because of its beauty but the people on this trip are what truly made the experience so unforgettable. We all got along so well and I really enjoyed their company. I'm hoping Yosemite wasn't the last time I will see these people. Hopefully Big Sur happens! They are an awesome group of people and I am very fortunate to have met them and had such a incredible experience with them. Thank you to my Auntie Marie for allowing me to be a part of this trip & for all her hard work planning it with Tina & Carmelisa. Yosemite is so breathtakingly beautiful I can't wait to go back! In all, this weekend was so completely worth it and I am forever grateful to have had this experience.