We had the incredible opportunity last weekend to take a trip to Yosemite National Park in California. The main event was the marriage of one of my best buds from back in the day. I’m grateful to have had an excuse to visit this part of the country, because otherwise I don’t think we ever would have made the effort on our own.
We flew into San Francisco on Thursday, rented a car, picked up my pal Emily from the Oakland area, and drove about 4 hours east toward the Sierras. The wedding was on Saturday, so we had all day Friday to drive into the park and see the sights of the Yosemite Valley.
We also took the winding road up from Yosemite Valley to Glacier Point. It was a long, out of the way drive, but the view was spectacular. If you ever have the opportunity to go, I’d highly recommend the drive (or grueling hike) to Glacier Point.
The wedding itself was at a “rustic resort” about 30 minutes outside of the park near Midpines, CA, The Yosemite Bug. I was skeptical of the description of this place, but as soon as we arrived I knew it would be great. They have a combination of accommodations from dorm-style beds up to private cabins. We stayed in the Mono Lake cabin, where we had a spacious room with a clean, private bathroom and a deck for lounging.
The wedding was up on a ridge top above the resort. We took a walk up there before the wedding. Although they did add some lovely touches, it didn’t really require decoration at all because the scenery was so beautiful.
Then the reception was just down the hill in a surprisingly classy banquet room. Janna did a kick-ass job of adding a dose of personality to the reception…including piñatas and temporary tattoos.
All in all it was a fantastic time. I had a chance to see a spectacular part of the country I’d never visited before, and celebrate the wedded bliss of two fine young folks.