We went to Yosemite the other weekend, staying at Tenaya Lodge with my dear high school (Japan) friend Patti and family. It's been a long drought. So much that Aila was born during it, and when we got a bit of water, she was over the moon. Last time we were at Yosemite, it was dry as bone, no waterfalls to be found, and there was a forest fire we could smell as we drove back.
This time the waterfalls were glorious but in reality 2017 is giving us a bit too much water at once. We missed the major snow by a weekend, but found decent patches for fun. Driving around, I was sad about the orange dying trees that didn't survive this drought. Tons of water now, but the climate impact is visable. Still, Yosemite is magnificent:
We went sledding a mile away to a bigger hill. It rained at the end, but we had fun!
The lodge had a pool which was a highlight.
In a bit of rain, we still found a way to do smores at the lodge we stayed at.
We've all hung out a lot so kids know everyone, but this time, Aila fell in love with Patti. Aila asked me during our stay, "Can I kiss them?" I told her they are "framily...friends that are like family so you can kiss as long as you ask." What a snuggle bug. So special to share with an old friend.