Monday, February 17, 2003

Yosemite trip report + rest of winter break

Happy Presidents Day!

Winter break has been great 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 there in ages.

Day 1

The first stop was our family friend Tiffany's house in Fresno. Mom wanted to stop by because Tiffany often brings her daughter over to study Buddhism. I mostly played Duke Nukem II on my laptop while the adults talked as there wasn't much else to do.

The three of us arrived in Oakhurst about an hour later. Our hotel was nice and quite comfortable. But because it was late, 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 a flight to Japan. 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 trip at all.

Speaking of which, there was a funny moment as we were getting ready to leave: my mother and I were taking things to the car when an awful stench hit us. It seems someone in another cabin just took a huge 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 week was uneventful.

Currently playing: Duke Nukem II

Historical note: Pictures from the trip are available here.

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