The Mighty Peach List has seen some action this year, hasn’t she? But see, that’s the whole point. You write down what you want to do. And you GO DO THEM.
If you’re morbidly curious about the rest of my list, you can find it here. One of these days I’ll quit being lazy and will link the completed items to the corresponding blog posts. But hey… I’m busy doing shit.
Back in November, shortly after my return from Camp Mighty, my dear friend Might-E read my list and told me she wanted to do #29 with me: Go see the big trees and feel small in the world. It’s something she wanted to do too, but it also checked off an item on HER list: Pick something on someone else’s Life List and go do it with them. Win-win! We picked July 4th weekend way back then and made it happen.
DAY ONE/TWO: Mariposa Grove of Giant Trees
Might-E and I flew into SFO Tuesday night and tackle-hugged each other and most likely caused a scene at Avis, but we were too excited to care! Then we went to E’s brother’s apartment in Oakland, where we talked over the plan for the next day and crashed pretty quickly. The next morning our East coast body clocks woke us up early, so we decided to get a move on and head in the direction of Yosemite, with stops for breakfast and a Target run for things that don’t fly well: massive amounts of sunscreen and bug spray, snacks, AfterBite, wet wipes, etc. Our check-in time wasn’t until 5pm that night, so we made the decision to head to the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias first. It is about 1.5 hrs South of our lodging, so it made sense to hit it on the way in.
The drive was about 4 hours, which we spent catching up and singing to the fun Summer playlist that E made for us. But when we arrived at Yosemite and entered Mariposa Grove…
I’m even now at a loss for words. This item was placed on my Life List because there are few greater feelings than to be reminded of just how tiny each of us is in the world. These massive, living things have seen thousands of years of history and make even my gigantor self feel teeny tiny. We hiked the dusty trail for maybe 1-2 miles, which was plenty of time to gawk, pose for pictures and soak in their magnificence. Honestly, if Mariposa Grove been the only thing I did on this trip, I would have been ecstatic. Truly! I was overwhelmed with such joy and gratitude, that we were there… that we were DOING IT… and that it was just so, so, so beautiful. I hugged E tight and did a booty-shaking happy dance.
We headed to our lodging – a highly-reviewed and recommended place called Curry Village. We checked in, oohed and ahhhed over our rustic, covered tent-like cabin, explored the cafeteria-style dinner and took a sunset walk. Lesson learned – the dusk hour in a huge meadow, while gorgeous, also means bloodthirsty mosquitoes. I HEARD them buzzing around my ears as I stood there and when I looked down at my shoulder, I saw four suckers had landed on me! Needless to say, I scooted out of there with purpose. And thank heavens for AfterBite!!
Bedtime comes early at Curry Village, so we were lights out at just after 10pm… but our neighbors weren’t. Despite the rangers coming to shush them AND E taking matters into her own badass hands, they still kept us up for another hour or so. But hey… you can’t win em all. Our tent was super close to the restrooms, food options, the pool and the shuttle stops. Idiot neighbors wouldn’t get us down!
Here is a slideshow of the first full day!