The last stop on our California road trip was Yosemite! Yosemite is a popular destination for camping, hiking, and just soaking up nature. It’s famous for its enormous sequoia trees, Bridalveil Fall, and the granite cliffs of El Capitan and Half Dome. I have never been to Yosemite, this was my first time visiting, and I had the best time relaxing in nature and taking in the fresh air from the redwood trees.
Ben found the perfect place for us to "camp" in Yosemite. Auto Camp
is the modern day way of camping with luxury airstream trailers that let you experience living in small spaces which can help reduce your environmental footprint. The location of the campground is in Midpines which is about a forty-five-minute drive from Yosemite National Park.
Auto Camp has a common area for those who like more space to work, read, or play board games. They offer a happy hour every day from 6pm-8pm with local beers and wine. My favorite part was playing card games with Ben and sitting outside and reading.
Camping is all about building a fire and cooking. We grilled corn on the cob, asparagus, beyond meat burgers, and potatoes. The meals were filling and simple to make. Oh, and of course there were vegan marshmallows for dessert.
The tunnel view in Yosemite National Park is iconic, and a must stop for any first-time visitor like myself. The tunnel view is on state highway 41, just outside the Wawona tunnel. From this location, you can see El Capitan, Half Dome, and Bridalveil Fall.
Bridalveil Falls is a short drive from the tunnel view. Once you park, it’s about a quarter of a mile walk to see the 617 feet waterfall that flows all year round. I would recommend wearing a poncho or carry an umbrella with you because as you get closer, you get heavily misted by the waterfall.
I was excited to see El Capitan in person because of the movie Free Solo
. The documentary follows rock climber Alex Honnold as he climbs El Capitan in June 2017 without any ropes. The film was so inspiring to watch someone achieve their dream goals. I wanted to see this magnificent giant rock for myself.
Vacation Races: Yosemite Half Marathon
Our trip would not be complete without Ben running in an event. Vacation Races
hosts running events all over the world, from Costa Rica and Canada to Yosemite! The Vacation Races at Yosemite
course is 13.1 miles through the Sierra National Forest and loops around Bass Lake and finishes at Recreation point. I love supporting Ben on these events because his passion for running is growing, and I can see him getting stronger after each race. I’m honored to be there for him and to watch him achieve his goals.