2011 was a big hiking, road tripping, musical theater year. There will be a LOT of links in this post and the next.
Our spring was terrible! Roadtrips were out of the question until late April when we went up to Mt Vernon. Even on that day, we had rain our entire way up to see the Tulip Festival and visit Granite Falls. Fortunately the sun came out later. We lived in Washington several years before ever visiting the famous annual Tulip Festival. We were missing out!
Twin Falls all season, and we ended up taking Hana with us since she'd had a sleepover at our house the night before.
We were told there'd be another sunny day, but that didn't work out so well. Fortunately our hike to Otter Falls didn't require a clear day, and the lack of rain was all we needed to enjoy it.
The next day, we took a super wet hike to Triple Falls and other gorgeous waterfalls before I had to get ready for my audition.
And on our final day, we did the fabulous trail of 10 falls hike in Silver Falls state park.
But it was all worth it when we woke up the next day in beautiful Yosemite Valley!
Mist/John Muir Trail to see Nevada Falls and Vernal Falls.
We were fortunate enough to be there on the very day the Glacier Point Road opened. We checked it out before heading down to the Mariposa Grove.
And lastly we drove up to the Hetch Hetchy reservoir before heading west to Napa, CA.