Monday, April 17, 2017

Mum Visits and Yosemite Camping

Before reading, please excuse the rambling that this blog post will consist of...I have too many thoughts going through my mind and I can't quite type them out as fascinating as I'd like them to read.  I apologize for the awful flow of the posts in the last year..it's been hard to sit and concentrate on writing when I have so little time and I am trying to cram every experience in before I have to get up and do work! LOL
 
Mathew's mom cam to visit for almost 2 weeks before our camping trip and it was so much fun.  She had not been here in almost a year!  She went to the park every sunrise despite it being her vacation just to see the boys skateboarding.  Such an awesome grandma! 

nanny grandma sharon visiting us

ziggy and rocket skating venice beach sunrise
cassie jo mathew curran san pedro california
PC: Sharon
We had some really awesome conversations over my many meltdowns while she was here.  I am very grateful for her presence and her understanding of my mental state when I do have my moments.  It is nice to have someone know what it is like to wake up to the mental noise that exists.  I sure miss those coffee dates with her!

After she left, we had only a few days to get work done and then packed up for Yosemite.  We were so busy but we canceled it last year and we knew we would not do that again.  No matter how much work needs to be done, we were determined to make it happen because we have not taken a family vacation or ANY vacation that was not all work related EVER!  We had to make ourselves turn off work mode and enjoy the moment of NOW.  It was so nice!!

ziggy and rocket checking out art show west hollywood
Ziggy and Rocket at an art show in West Hollywood
We had a long trip up, about 7 hours, but we made a bunch of pit stops at skate parks along the way.  We stopped at Planz Park in Bakersfield and Kaiser Park in Fresno.  The boys had a blast.  By the time we got to Yosemite, it was late and cold.  Rain and snow and freezing temps but we were happy to be there.  After we set up the tent, we started the campfire and made dinner.  It was such a long day, we all crashed soon after.


ziggy skateboarding Planz Park Bakersfield CA
setup camp site yosemite national park

cassie hiking shoes tree trunk yosemite national park

The next morning, we had such an awesome breakfast and the boys skated up and down the hill next to our campsite while we got things ready.  We got packed up and went up mist trail.  We weren't sure what to expect but we made it to the top of Vernal Falls.  It was so beautiful and the waterfall was so powerful.  The steps at the top were icy and dangerous but we made it!  We stayed up at the top for lunch and watched the squirrels play.  We got back to the campsite and started a fire to make dinner.  Played a few card games and passed out!  I don't think we all slept so early so many nights in a row in a long time.

icy steps mist trail vernal fall yosemite

mathew curran ziggy rocket mist trail yosemite

mist trail yosemite national park

ziggy mist trail yosemite national park

vernal fall yosemite national park hiking family

upper pines campground yosemite national park

cassie jo relaxing camp fire yosemite national park

mathew curran ziggy rocket learning whittle sticks yosemite national park



The trip went by way too fast..before we knew it, it was already Easter Sunday and we had our last breakfast and skate session and packed up for our drive back.  We all got car sick on the ride out of Yosemite and it was not a good feeling.  By the time we got passed Oakhurst, it went away.  We stopped at Letterman skatepark before the rain hit in Clovis.  The park was huge and the guy who was running the entrance was super friendly.  We got to let them skate for less than 30 minutes bfore the rain started and we had to head back.

family easter yosemite mathew curran cassie jo ziggy rocket

I am already missing the camping trip.  I fell in love with Yosemite and would have camped for a lot longer if we had a shower in between! HAHAHA
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