Trip Planner: Yosemite: 5 Hours

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My family and I are heading out to Yosemite later this week, and I’m so ready to kick off my summer. [Holidays never really feel real for me until I do something fun.]

We’ll spend three days or so in the wilderness before popping up to Berkeley for a college tour and heading home.

It’s actually the first time I’ve been camping in a few years. Even though I’ve always considered my family nature buffs, which we are, taking time off together as a group has become more and more difficult as of late. This is due to a combination of hectic work/life schedules and general laziness, but it’s our last true summer as a nuclear family, so I’m determined to make the best of it.

We’ve made the trip to Yosemite countless times, and five hours crammed in the car with two loud parents, a younger sibling, and a smelly dog are enough to make anyone motion sick, so I’ve drafted up a small agenda for myself to keep busy during that time. [I don’t have 3G or anything like that, so Netflix & texting are off the table. :(]

1. Listen to music. Does anyone else do that thing where they construct entire music videos in their head? It’s my favourite way to construct scenes for my books, and for some reason, being in a car really boosts my creativity.

2. Snack. I’m not a huge fan of junk food from foil bags, but we’ll surely be making plenty of pit stops along the way, including Bishop, because my dad loves Erik Schat’s. 

3. Talk. Why not???

4. Sleep. Kind of a given. My weird inability to sleep in airplanes doesn’t extend to cars, thankfully.

5. Play cards. An old road trip tradition amongst my friends and family has long been enthusiastic rounds of BS in the back row.

That’s really it for today: I’m sorry about the short posts as of late! Summer has really been kicking me in the head.

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