MIND, WORKOUT 29th August 2016

Yosemite captured on my iPhone

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Hello folks,

This week I’m taking a little break from the norm and sharing with you moments from my vacation last week, where I took to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California and spent three days in the wilderness of Yosemite National Park (meditation was a must…..).

Our trip happened to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, created on August 25 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed an act creating a new federal bureau responsible for protecting thirty five national parks and monuments.

One hundred years later, you really have to give credit to the NPS for their efforts in preserving Yosemite’s stunning vistas, rock formations, mountain ranges and giant sequoia trees. On that note, the first thing to understand about Yosemite is that its astonishing beauty is impossible to capture in photographs. The park is on a whole other scale, one that not even National Geographic or famed photographer Ansel Adams could capture. You must visit it to experience the sheer breadth and depth of this 1,200 square mile marvel of mother nature.

But until then, here are some highlights of our three day trip…. Enjoy!

DAY ONE: Entering the park

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As you enter the park, you quickly lose phone reception. Be prepared to go on a digital detox whilst you’re here

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My cousin Aaron, myself and my sister infront of the stunning Tunnel View vista. El Capitan and Half Dome in the background

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Tunnel View (ii)

DAY TWO: Rock formations and double trunk trees

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Surrounded by rock formations everywhere. Nothing is more captivating

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Although not a Sequoia this tree has two trunks … meanwhile I had to flex

 

DAY THREE: Vernal Falls 

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Headed to Mist Trail: the 2.2 mile hike to Vernal Falls

Fake Candid shot

Fake Candid shot

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Sis against the world (and a few trees)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The round trip to Vernal Falls is 4.5 miles, but the last 1.5 miles are steep.. pack LOTS of water

 

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Approaching the ascent to Vernal Falls, lots of debris and no handles

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Vernal Falls from below. #beautiful

 

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At the top of Vernal Falls. Don’t believe the smiles.. this was a brutal trek

Finished it off with some obligatory meditation