Thursday, 27 June 2013

Our Vacation - Lake Tahoe and Yosemite

At 6 am on the 18th of June, we took the supposedly 8 hour drive up to Lake Tahoe. During the way, we stopped off at Sequoia National Forest and took in the breath-taking views and giant trees.
We had to detour for quite some time, so the trip took a total of 12 hours, not including our stops. I think it was worth it including the forest into our journey.
When we (finally) arrived in Tahoe, we settled in for a bit, played some battleships and did some grocery shopping, and grabbed some KFC for dinner.
The next day, we did the big drive around the lake, which included shopping, visiting of the film locations of Bonanza, the 'Ponderosa' and a scenic view of Lake Tahoe from a gondola ride.

The day after we headed to Virginia City, NV, which was 1 hour 20 minutes from where we were staying in Lake Tahoe. Nestled on top of a hill, a small town with a huge history. We had so much fun, including taking an underground mine tour. We returned back to Tahoe, especially with one happy dad, who completed his 'California License Plate' collection.
The next day was a rest day. We went for a little stroll alongside the Truckee River, and then later, taking a tiki-tour around Squaw Valley before heading to McDonald's to catch up on a few emails.
Squaw Valley hosted the 1960 Olympic Games.

The next day, we drove a little under 6 hours to Yosemite National Park. What an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G sight that was!
Shortly after arriving at the Housekeeping camp, we went swimming in the ice cold lake with a few friends and returned to camp, before dinner, to play some games like cops and robbers and telephone (Chinese Whispers) 
Later that night, we had a campfire which included s'more-making!
After breakfast the next day, each family headed out either on bike or by shuttle, to complete the Amazing Race around Yosemite. We had so many laughs by completing each task, whether it was photo-taking, drawing, jotting down information or completing difficult extra credit answers, we returned back to camp around lunch time. We had our lunch and then took a bike ride around the housekeeping camp and played some games. After dinner that night, we started another bonfire and made more s'mores.

The next day, after breakfast, a few of us and our friends took a shuttle to Curry Village and Yosemite Village. We did some shopping and some exploring, including a trip to the Yosemite Village Museum. When we returned, we had lunch, and then took the shuttle to Lower Yosemite Falls. It was great fun. We took pictures and explored around a ton of huge rocks, and then climbed up all the dangerous rocks to get a close view of the falls. It was a slow and dangerous procedure, but in the end it was worth it. We returned in time for dinner, and following a bike ride, games and s'more-making.
The day after was a more relaxed. We went our separate ways on bike rides, just before lunch, and after lunch a few of us took a trip to Curry Village to use the pool. We had some fun there, and then walked back to Housekeeping. After dinner we went on more bike rides, played more games, and made more s'mores.
The following day, we played some games around the camp whilst packing up. We had some breakfast, packed up more, and then went home. Overall, we had such an amazing time!

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