Day 100 - Yosemite National Park -California (USA)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Lots to celebrate today. 100 days travelling, Taya slept for 12 hours and, finally, Andy Murray wins Wimbledon.

The day starts with a trip to the motel next door to see if they'll put Wimbledon on their television in reception. They agree, and we sit and watch Andy until most of the way through the 3rd set. We do eat our breakfast there, so we don't feel bad for using their tv. We really want to see the rest of the match but Yosemite beckons us. Another treat for the morning is some lovely photos from the Gerlack's playing at our house, and some of their news.

We are in search of a little space by the river side where we can play and swim this morning. After a few failed attempts to find what we are looking for, we spy the perfect place, a little beach area next to shallow water. Only downside is, its on the far side of the river. No problem. We ditch the pram, and take a child and a bag each, and scurry across. Emma manages to lose her flip flops which sail off down the river. Rich launches a rescue attempt once Taya is on dry land and ends up getting a little wet!!

We play on the rug on the shore. Taya enjoys watching Dylan fill her stacking cups with stones. A family of ducks and ducklings come to say hello to us where we have set up camp. We brave the water which is pretty chilly. We soon get braver and venture further in. Dylan shouts back to us "its absolutely freezing". Dylan splashes Taya in the water and she does proper belly laughs. These special laughs are reserved just for her brother. Picnic lunch is a messy affair! Emma ventures to climb on a tree trunk which lies across the river. Dylan happily throws stones and fills/empties his watering can whilst running around in the water. This is the life. It's another boiling hot day. We are the only ones here for a long time, until another family come to play a little further downstream, and the views around us are incredible. It's such a stunning place. We leave Taya watching us play whilst eating her current favourite food, a whole peach. When we return to the shore she is pretty much covered head to toe in it, but looking very pleased with herself. Lucky we have the perfect spot for an impromptu bath. She is stripped down and scrubbed off in the river.

Another walk for nap time. We can't resist this place, we spend enough time in the van we want to be out amongst it. This time we are walking to the west of the valley on a track alongside the river. It's not paved, but on all but a few sandy bits, its easy going. We are obviously wearing the kidlets out as they both fall asleep again straight away without a peep, and Rich and Emma get to enjoy the scenery, and peace and quiet. We only bump into a few other people during our two hour walk. We think most people will have headed home since its the end of the Independence Day Holiday Weekend. The main feature of our walk other than the water and forest is El Capitan to our right. A huge rock structure towering above us. Its 3600ft from base to summit, and ranks as one of the worlds largest granite monoliths. We spot two little elk playing in the meadow on our return journey. The best news comes as a text from Niny and Nigel to let us know that Murray has win Wimbledon.

Ice lollies/ Ice pops all round on our return to the van, it's really warm today, and they go down a treat.

Back to the campsite and a lovely long swim in the pool before dinner. We opt for the indoor pool to shelter from the sun. Taya is literally beside herself with excitement. We are not sure if its because she likes the swimming, or is pleased to be put in warm water for a change? Dylan is like a crazed nutter, leaping in and swimming off, and we have to keep him in check.

It's turning into our favourite bit of the evening, and happening most nights now. We have always sung a night night song to Dylan before he goes to sleep, and he chooses a few of his friends to sing it too. He now sings to Taya just before Emma feeds her. "Night night Taya, night night Taya, night night Taya, it's time to say goodnight", all sung in a cute little quiet voice. Love it.

Rich and Dylan head out to play with his favourite train near the motel.
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Katie Pipe on

100 days of amazing adventures, wow!!

Mother/ Mother in Law & Grandma Lizzie! on

Lovely 100th blog Kemptons.
Thank you!
Beautiful location and photos.
Wonder if we can wait 7 days for our flight to Vancouver???
Hugs to our 4 intrepids- big and little!

Mariet Swanepoel on


Celia Rabie on

Amazing!!!! They are really achievers all the way!!!
As parents it must be a great feeling!!
That was a brilliant idea to join them in Vancouver!!! Heheheh...

Amy Ireson on

Just had a massive catch up, all sounds amazing! 100 days, cant believe how quickly time flies, but it looks like you have had an amazing time so far, and still lots to come! Will try and keep myself updated more regularly! Having a mini heatwave here and the stories of all your dips in pools/lakes etc are making me very jealous! Lots of love xx

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