For Christmas, one of the few things my sister had on her wish list was to take a road trip with her big sister. This melted my heart. How special is that?
So last week, we set out on our adventure together to Yosemite National Park. Neither of us had been there before and to say the least, we both fell in love. Every corner we turned, our hearts began to beat faster in awe of the beauty before us.
A few of my most favorite moments? Ok, One: The first stop we made was at the Mariposa Coffee Company. Oh. My. Gosh. If there is one place you MUST go outside of the park, it is here. Anxious to get to our hotel after 10 hours of driving, we drove past it and instantly started to look for the first opportunity to turn the car around. Thankfully that sensation came to the both of us because everything about this place was YES; the coffee, the vibe, the owner. Everything. The old man treated us to the coffee and wished us the best of time as we left. And the best of time we had.
Two: We, unknowingly, were apart of the big crowd at the base of the Dawn Wall of El Capitan watching Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson finish breaking the world record of the hardest and longest free climb in the world. We were driving out of the park and saw a bunch of people on the side of the road looking up and pointing. Curious, we pulled over and did the same. We didn’t know if people were looking at a bird or what! We got a little closer to some people that looked like they knew what was going on and we heard, “He isn’t wearing bright colors today so it is almost impossible to spot him.” Using my big camera lens as binoculars, I discovered that they were right. I didn’t see anything! Later that night, our mom called us and told us what she saw on the news. Ironically enough, that’s what we were actually looking at!
Three: Spending the best quality time with my little sister. This coming fall, she will be off to college and started on the next major chapter of her life. She has grown into the most beautiful, smart, caring, creative and adventurous little human. I could not be more proud. As much as I hope that she has learned a few things from me, she constantly reminds me to be myself and be wild and be free.
The vastness of Yosemite makes everything seem so small and minute. At night, we saw more stars in the sky than we’ve ever seen. And even up next to this scale, this trip meant everything to me. It was really, really special.
– Naturally inspired. Locally aware. Universally beautiful. With love, Taylor.