Ahoy! The last leg of our journey proved to be amazing. It began with a beautiful drive along the shore of Lake Tahoe through Tioga pass to Yosemite! It was a long drive but it was worth it because along the way we saw an amazing sunset in Nevada and stopped to dine on the shores of Mono Lake. As darkness fell we slipped into the magnificent Yosemite Park. Even though it was dark, we could feel the shadows of great rock formations looming over us.
The next morning we awoke to do some community service for the National Park. We helped the picnic table restoration project by carrying recycled wood from the previous tables to a new site. The wood was made of various wood types found native to the area and each told its own story through a scroll of carvings. We made quick work of the job by establishing an assembly line, which allowed us to end the day early and take part in a much needed swim. Lucky for us behind our camp site there was a heavenly spot on the Merced River where we played capture the flag. The boys secured a victory but the girls announced that they would organize a rematch in the near future.
We woke up the next morning and fixed a hearty breakfast of French toast and eggs. We sat together and fueled up for our hike. We had decided on a longer hike in order to get to the Upper Yosemite falls. The trek was challenging, but in the end it was so worth it. We submitted at the top of the highest waterfall in North America and swam in a swimming hole overlooking the valley.
We celebrated by getting pizza in Curry village. Five large pies and some ice cream later energy our level was back to an all-time high. We had a campfire and headed to bed.
In the morning, we packed up camp, and headed for Glacier Point, where we took about a million pictures in front of the breathtaking view of El Capitan and Half Dome. After our photo-shoot, we hit the road back to San Francisco. A few hours later we arrived back at where we started at the beginning of the trip! It was mind blowing to prepare our final feast and emotional adjourning ceremonies around the same table where we once made our first meal around awkward small talk and opening ceremonies. In its final stages our trip had come full circle; right back to where we started yet we had come so far.