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I love to plan family travel adventures with our four kids. Encouraging time in nature, National Parks travel, backpacking and hiking are my passions and I love to write about them.


  • We are visiting Yosemite for the first time with five children in August! Actually, it will be our first time ever in the state of California. We are traveling down the California coast and visiting a lot of the national parks and many adventures along the way like Alcatraz, the missions, swimming the ocean, and visiting Chinatown in San Francisco! We of course picked up our national park pass last August which is still good through all of this August! We would love to hear what we should not miss in these parks! Thanks for sharing with us!

    • We are doing this trip too this year. We will be heading up the coast in July. I will post updates and tips as we travel, so keep checking the blog. 🙂

  • Hi Tricia!
    I am planning my trip for Septembre. I would love to get a wilderness permit for the 9th of September as I am planning to stay in Clouds Rest overnight. From what I understand from the Yosemite Website, I can send my fax on the 24th of March (as indicated in the “first day to fax” column).
    Would I maximise my chances if I send my application on the 24th of March at 12:01AM? What time and date would you recommend?
    I am coming from France, so would really make sure to get this permit!

    • Felix- According to everything I have read, permit requests are processed randomly on the day they are chosen, in your case March 25. So as long as you submit your application on the 24th, you have equal chance of getting your requested permit as everyone else who submitted. That being said, I applied for two Yosemite Wilderness permits for this summer. The first one I sent right at 12:01 and I got it. Yay! The second I sent on the morning of the day to submit, and I didn’t. Boo. Maybe that is just by chance, but I will be sending in at 12:01 from now on. Good luck getting your permit!

  • I am crazy excited for our two week trip this summer. I can only imagine how excited you are for 10 weeks. That would be a dream. I’ll settle for living vicariously through your Instagram pictures. 🙂

  • Yosemite is gorgeous! Seeing the sequoia trees is a must but if you are going to Sequoia NP then you can skip it here. Aside from the incredible hiking, which it sounds like you have covered, we rented bikes from the shop in Curry Village and spent the day riding around the valley floor. We stopped and did all the short hikes that are accessible that way. The valley floor is super crowded so biking is a very efficient way to get around. The Merced River is really calm and we rented a raft and spent an afternoon floating down the river. We stopped several times at beaches for the kids to play. My kids were much younger than yours are now but we absolutely loved this float trip. The views from the river are pretty spectacular. No matter what you do you will have an amazing time. You can’t really go wrong in Yosemite.

    • Caroline- you’ve made me even more excited to visit Yosemite! I will definitely look into biking in the Valley. That is such a great idea! The anticipation is killing me. 😉

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