A very memorable Memorial Day Weekend

We planned our Memorial Day weekend in January this year and it has been something that we had all been looking forward to. The weather that was in store was just perfect for a long weekend hiking in the woods. We booked a cabin near Yosemite National Park and stayed on the south entrance so we could finally make our trip to the sequoia trees at the Mariposa Grove.
Cloud and a lake as we were travelling the Pacheco Pass

We were hot in the car travelling from the valley and as we headed from Gilroy a thunderstorm came in and it started hailing. The clouds and the sky looming overhead was just awe inspiring which took our attention away from the bad traffic.

Sunset along the highway

As we left when everyone else did for their long weekend break the traffic was just horrible – note to self not to do this again! Still we got to drive past the Pistachio fields and enjoy the sunset before we stopped for a quick bite to eat before we headed up the mountain to Yosemite.

Cedar Valley Lake in Oakhurst

We stayed in a super cute cabin by a creek which was so relaxing. We enjoyed a small wander through the neighbourhood and found this creek which I imagine is very popular in summer. Still it was enjoyable to spend our first day relaxing after all the travelling of the day before. It took us twice as long to get to our cabin due to the traffic. Anyhow we spent the first day in Oakhurst and enjoyed a Mexican lunch before heading back to the cabin for a relaxing night by the fire watching Jaws.

A life saver as a stitch marker

A road trip is not complete without a knitting project and this little bandana scarf was completed in the weekend. And as I didn’t have stitch markers in the car a packet of Life Savers at the servo came in handy!

A grove of Sequoia trees – not the biggest but still huge!

On the Sunday we had discovered that we had to leave early if we had to have a chance to enjoy the Mariposa Grove without a traffic jam – which included people and cars. Man what a place to be -wandering in amongst the oldest living things on Earth on such a beautiful day. Certainly these giants of the tree world need to be seen in real life to capture all their glory. Pictures cannot express how huge these trees are – the Grizzly Giant is the size of an airplane! I loved it and it took us 4 miles to wander the grove and explore the grandest collection of trees I have ever seen. 

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