Monday, February 17, 2003

Yosemite trip report + rest of winter break

Happy Presidents Day!

Winter break is off to a great start as I just got back from Yosemite National Park with my parents. Because I was sick during Christmas break and couldn't go anywhere, Dad decided to take us on to Yosemite over the long weekend. This was nice as we hadn't been to Yosemite in ages.

Day 1

The first stop was our family friend Tiffany's house in Fresno. Mom wanted to visit her because Tiffany often brings her daughter over to study Buddhism. There wasn't much to do at their house, but Duke Nukem II kept me busy while the adults talked.

The three of us arrived in Oakhurst about an hour later. Our hotel was nice and quite comfortable. Other than that, the evening was uneventful aside from dinner at Burger King and a stop at Kragen Auto Parts for snow chains.

Day 2

The air in Yosemite was very fresh and made our stay very worthwhile. The fantastic views were the best part of the trip. I also enjoyed visiting Yosemite Village and checking out the Village Store. Our final stop of the day was Curry Village. This was our first time staying in the cabins!

Day 3

We had to leave fairly early because Dad has to catch flight to Japan tonight. Though we considered stopping in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, there just wasn't enough time. However, I'm not going to complain because a short trip is better than no vacation at all.

Speaking of which, there was a funny moment: my mother and I were packing up when we were greeted by an awful stench. It seems someone in a nearby cabin just took a really big shit. The smell was so bad that we couldn't stay outside for more than a few seconds. The whole thing was gross but hilarious in hindsight. Mom and I had a good laugh about it on the way home.

February 24 update: I'm now back in school as winter break as ended. I didn't feel like making a separate post as the rest of the break was uneventful.

Currently playing: Duke Nukem II

Historical note: Pictures from the trip are available here.