Our Wild Natural Disaster Adventure…Part 2

If you read part one of our story, which included mudslides, flooding, and fires, you were probably wondering what kind of troubles we hit next. Well, let’s just say that we watched an enthused park ranger jump for joy telling everyone the “HUGE news” caused by the weather.

Okay, so we left off at the fires. The rest of that day was pretty calm…we took an amazing drive to Tuolumne Meadows, and spent some time at Tenaya Lake which was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.

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The next day, we knew it was going to rain, but we didn’t know how much it was going to rain. Yosemite Falls was dry (a rarity), so we hiked up the rocks. The kids had a blast climbing the rocks. I’m pretty sure they were made for it.IMG_8644

God obviously had our backs, because no more than 5 minutes after finishing our hike on the dry falls, the rain started. And I don’t mean it was raining. It was RAINING. I have never been so wet in my life. We had to walk about a half mile back to the visitor’s center in the rain, and it was too wet to see. Two days later, my clothes were still soaked.

But, that torrential downpour did elicit some clamor from the park rangers. About a half hour later, Yosemite Falls started back up again!!
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Okay, so we’re soaked, cold, and relishing in the beauty of the Falls. That’s enough excitement for one weekend, right? We thought so…until we saw this sign in the road…


A rockslide?! Now why didn’t I think of that???

Luckily, the rockslide wasn’t too bad, and we survived the rest of our time in Yosemite. It is an absolutely incredible place, and I wish we had more than a long weekend to explore, but we definitely want to return soon.

Sunday morning, I talked my husband into taking a (2.5 hour, God bless him) detour to Walnut Creek. The town we lived in when we were first married. We have a lot of great memories there, and we like returning when we can. (Last year, we spent my 30th birthday up there.)

Since it was just a couple weeks before my birthday, my husband counted it as an early birthday gift and we enjoyed sundaes at one of our favorite places…The San Francisco Ice Creamery. Bliss.




Oh, and I should mention that the day after we left the Bay Area, some 200 small earthquakes jolted the region. Needless to say it was an unforgettable trip, but I think we’re good on weekend getaways for a while =)

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