“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustav Flaubert
At the beginning of the summer, my boyfriend and I went to Yosemite. I didn’t grow up in a family that traveled or camped regularly, so it was quite the experience. We didn’t pitch a tent, but we still had fun adventures. Below are some of the photos I took while we hiked through and explored the national park.
It was an absolutely breathtaking and humbling experience. One of the things that struck me was being completely surrounded by nature with no power lines or the ability to connect to technology. It was just me, Cory, and the trees. It was more than just beauty though; it was also history. Everywhere we have traveled, we have always been fascinated by the stories that shaped the location over time.
Looking back at the photos, I can feel the exact same feelings looking out at Glacier Point. I can sense, as I write this, how tiny I felt standing next to tall, granite towers. For one of the first times, I was able to finally experience how “travel makes one modest.” The colors were vibrant and there was so much life throughout the park. Even when we stopped to stare, take it all in, and get some photos, I was still in awe. I could not fathom what was in front of me. It looked too perfect to be real.
During our trip, we also practiced archery, which was a first for me. It was exciting to get outdoors and follow the trail signs down to the archery grounds. The targets weren’t too difficult to hit, and I felt like a pro once our time was up. We also played arcade games, as the hotel had a mini arcade. For some reason, we manage to do this on almost all our trips. I think it’s because it makes us feel like kids again. After our session, Cory and I had a couples massage. It was the most relaxing thing to be in the mountains and completely unwind with my love by my side. I felt like I was able to get more in touch with who I am by leaving my worries at the spa and connecting deeper with our world.
We stayed at the Tenaya Lodge, which I later found out that Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel was modeled after. (It meant a lot to a Disney fan like me!) It had everything we needed for our trip. Cory and I hope to go back one day and explore the other areas of the park we didn’t have time to visit. This trip was one of the most adventurous vacations, and I am glad I had the opportunity to experience it.