A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Monday, November 13, 2023


I'm coming to terms with the reality that I'll probably never blog the rest of our summer road trip.  As it's November.  [eye roll]  But I can at least share the very end of it.  After heading down California along the coast, we came home inland, and visited different things on the way home.  Our last stop was Yosemite.  

I'm embarrassed to say we'd never been before.  It's only a few hours from us.  

Bridal Veil Falls

Grammy and the girls wandered off for a bit.  I looked up from checking out a charred stump, and didn't know where they'd gone.  So I stayed put, knowing they'd come back to Matilda minivan at some point.  Grammy took this lakeside photo.

Next time we'll plan better.  But I'm usually a "roll with it" kinda gal, so that's what we did.  Lunch was a random assortment of things from one of the stores in the park.  Obviously not the most balanced or economical choice, but it kept us going.  

A covered bridge

Okay, this one is outside the park.  The bear was outside a restaurant we ate at the night before Yosemite, in Oakhurst.

Our first get out and stretch your legs and experience some nature stop inside the park.

There was, of course, a raging fire when we were there, so the air quality was not great.


Matilda was quite a trooper through the whole 11 days.  

Grammy & the girls coming back from their lakeside adventure.

Hungry wildlife

Coyote crossing

I'm really glad travel has come a long way since these vehicles.

They're quaint and all, but I like my a/c in the summertime.  

The night after Yosemite, we stayed in a cabin on the other (homeward) side of the park.  

They hand out s'mores kits every night.

Katie and Hannah in the cabin

Breakfast the next morning

We stopped in a little ghost town on the way home.

There were lots of rocks, so I thought of Brianna, who has an online rock shop.

Grammy hopped out to make friends with a flock of pea hens.  We saw peacocks, too, but I don't seem to have a picture of those.

Upon arrival at home.  We covered almost 1900 miles in 11 days, and saw 3 missions, 2 traveling exhibits, a botanical garden, 4 museums, a zoo, 2 ghost towns, 2 national parks, an art gallery, and 4 other major attractions (Hearst Castle, Winchester Mystery House, Santa Cruz Boardwalk, and La Brea Tar Pits).  Plus the little unplanned things, like the elephant seals on the beach, and license plates from 49 different places.  

It was a good trip.