A visual recap of our annual Breakaway swimming hole trip through 21 photos (all which just happen to be vertical)! This year, Clay organized a day trip out to Iowa Hill in Colfax, CA per his coworker's recommendation. We spent the day hanging out at two different spots around the North Fork of the American River. The first spot included some small rapids that we took turns riding through on our floaties. This was our mini Raging Waters ride of the day. The second spot we found after lunch was on the way back to our cars along the river. It was an area closer to the Iowa Hill bridge, where the water was more calm, shallow, and perfect for floating around. I was able to snorkel around and find one fish. Overall, I would say that this swimming hole was very chill, mellow, and great for first-timers. Of course, it was also a very beautiful and scenic location by the river. Amazing job, Clay for bringing together 19 people for a fun day of swimming and splashing under the sun! My summer now feels complete.
Just wanted to share some photos from this past weekend's swimming hole trip to Edwards Crossing in Nevada City! Can't believe that our last swimming hole trip was two whole summers ago. Unfortunately, last summer we weren't able to make a trip happen due to all the wedding planning craziness. So it was super great to be able to get back out there again with some of our friends from church this year. As usual, the weather was perfect - over 100 degrees F (makes you want to just jump right in)! The water was clear, cool, and refreshing. And everyone stayed safe with the exception of a few minor injuries (Grace, you are a trooper!!). Overall, a memorable day spent in the great outdoors surrounded by beautiful scenery!
I'll admit, growing up I never truly appreciated Yosemite and all the beauty it has to offer: its tall granite cliffs, majestic waterfalls, giant sequoias, awe-inspiring views, the list goes on. My dad would take my family during the spring and summer - he'd drive us to Bridalveil and Yosemite Falls, lead us on the mile hike to Mirror Lake, and take us all over the mountains to the visit the most scenic spots for family pictures. But I don't think I started to acknowledge how amazing Yosemite was until I went on a weeklong camping trip there during college. Three years later, because Clay and I decided to take on this crazy camping once-a-month goal for the year, I finally got to return! And it seriously seemed even more beautiful to me this time :)
This was my first time staying at a campground outside of Yosemite Valley. Clay and I booked two sites at Wawona Campgrounds (#51 and 52). Wawona was great for our fairly large group and very spacious with plenty of trees providing shade. We were able to set up 5 tents, a hammock, a slackline, and (an overabundance of) camping chairs. My favorite thing about the site was the Merced River that ran alongside the campground. I loved being able to hear the sound of the running river and walk just a few steps from our campfire to see it. The only downside about the campsite was its location being farther away from Yosemite Valley (about a 50 minute drive), but we did get the big plus of having a quiet, peaceful site removed from the hustle and bustle of the valley.
What to do around Wawona Campground: Just a 10 minute drive away is the Wawona Swinging Bridge hike, where you can take a very short hike on a flat trail that leads to a small wooden suspension bridge and a family friendly swimming hole. Since it was the end of September, the water in the river was pretty cold. But I was just glad there was actually water there and that we went on a sunny afternoon. Another point of interest near Wawona is Chilnualna Falls, which requires an 8.4 mile round trip hike.
What to do away from Wawona Campground: One of the highlights of this trip for me was when some of us decided to visit Glacier Point in the middle of the night the first night we were there. It took us about an hour to drive in the dark on the windy roads to get there, but once we arrived, the view was stunning. I felt like I walked out of the car and straight into a black and white postcard of Yosemite. We were super lucky that that the full moon made it bright enough for us to see a panoramic view of Half Dome and the surrounding granite landscape. The next day we stopped by Tunnel View for lunch and drove down to the valley to hike the Mist Trail to Vernal Falls.
Clay ended up buying the Interagency Annual Pass so that we can go back to visit Yosemite this upcoming year and use it to cover the entrance fee to other national parks. Looking forward to some spontaneous day trips and maybe even a weekend of backpacking!
Just capturing as I go.