Our 12th anniversary was spent in the company of our favorite people: Dawna, Lawrence, Xochitl, and Jade. Traditionally, Jon and I have ditched the kids for anniversary fun, but we were feeling generous this year.
On Christmas, Santa left a suitcase full of new snow clothes, a little toboggan, and a giant card explaining that we'd be spending 3 days in beautiful snowy Yosemite! Day One was really just an evening tour of the valley, with one short stop to touch the snow and admire the view and the previously assembled snowman (see above...).
Day Two dawned beautiful and icy! We even got to use the snow chains we've been storing for a decade! Nice that they felt useful! We drove up Glacier Point Road and found a little turn-off where we could get some sledding in! We were out in the snow for over four hours running up, sliding down, throwing snowballs, playing games... lots of people came and went in the time we were there, but one particularly memorable person came sliding down the hill, stood up, looked at my oldest daughter, and said, "Hey there!" in a somewhat alluring tone. I was about to punch the kid in the face for flirting with a 10-year-old... but then, to my surprise, Dawna said, "Oh, hi Jonathan!" Wait, what?? Turns out that this kid is on the climbing team at The Peak with Dawna. How incredibly random that we ran into him and his family on an unmarked turnout up Glacier Point Road in Yosemite...
On the way out that night, we enjoyed pizza at Half Dome village (who knew you could get pizza at 8pm in the middle of a national park??) and went to bed dreaming of our next-day's adventure...
Day Three dawned bright and early as we headed back up Glacier Point Road to the ski and snowboard area. While the downhill slopes were still closed, the cross country and snowshoeing trails were open and groomed and ready for adventure!
I could write a book about our day out there, but I'll spare you the length and just give you the table of contents:
The Kobersteins Go Cross Country Skiing!
Chapter 1: In which there is much giggling and excitement in renting cool equipment!
Chapter 2: In which it takes a REALLY long time to get ready (snow clothes and bathrooms don't mix...)
Chapter 3: In which Mom and Dad set a way-too-ambitious distance goal
Chapter 4: In which the skis go on and it takes half an hour to get to the trail...
Chapter 5: In which we find ruts to put the skis in and actually start moving!
Chapter 6: In which most of the snow clothes go into mom's backpack
Chapter 7: In which we stop for lunch
Chapter 8: In which we go downhill for a while... NOW it's fun!
Chapter 9: In which we have to turn around... and go back uphill
Chapter 10: In which Jade can run faster uphill than the kids skiing uphill
Chapter 11: In which is shouted "I Quit!"
Chapter 12: In which skis are removed and carried over shoulder back to rental office.
Chapter 13: In which mom and dad decide to come alone next time...
Epilogue: In which, on the drive home, all the kids decide it was fun after all :)
(Total distance skied: 2 miles... )
Labels: Christmas, Dawna, Jade, Lawrence, Naomi, Yosemite