Falling for Fall at Yosemite Falls
Fall is a lovely time to visit Yosemite National Park. The summer crowds have thinned, the weather has reached perfection, and the waterfalls have filled up again after the first snowfall in the sierras. Against the backdrop of evergreens, some trees have turned red and gold. With the high, blue skies and granite mountains, Yosemite is at its most picturesque.
If you've read my post "The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Yosemite National Park with Babies and Toddlers", you'll understand my love for this beautiful place and why it's a perfectly family-friendly destination.
On our way back from the trip to California's Eastern Sierra, we couldn't resist the temptation to make a detour into Yosemite Valley. Some parts of the road into the valley were lined with bright yellow trees. The excitement of arriving inside the Valley would never grow old.
The first views didn't disappoint. Yosemite Falls had filled up after several dry summers, we hadn't seen it this full for awhile.
In order to get a closer look of this majestic waterfall, we decided to take the Lower Yosemite Falls trail amidst the tall redwoods.
This is one of the best trails if you're visiting with young kids. The Lower Yosemite Falls trail is accessible for both strollers and wheelchairs, and it's a very easy hike with very few elevation gains. Walking on this trail, you get close to tall trees, small streams, and giant boulders. We took our double stroller for the trail, even though my favorite travel stroller is still the Babyzen Yoyo (see my review here), for longer walking trips, the phil&teds Dot double stroller provides ample sitting space for both our toddlers.
Hiking the Lower Yosemite Falls trail with a stroller was a breeze.
The ice-cold, melted-snow water poured down from the granite mountains. At certain angles we got to see both the upper and lower Yosemite Falls.
Looking at the falls from some other angles, you'd need to wear shades to protect your eyes from the shiny granite walls.
It was easy to fall in love with Yosemite Falls in the fall.
After the hike, we took some time to admire the views from the comfort of a park bench.
But traveling with kids can never be truly restful. Especially if traveling with a happy toddler girl like this one.
We're always on the run...
...to catch wayward toddlers.
But sometimes these detours take us to unexpected places. Places that give you a different perspective.
Life with kids has its ups and downs.
They run away, they throw tantrums, they fight... but when they laugh, your heart melts.
We learn to be fair. Fair with them. Fair with ourselves. We're not super heroes but we try our best at this parenting gig.
Sometimes things just get too heavy for us. I may not have the strength I hope to possess.
I do feel powerless on many occasions, but sometimes maybe all we need is a group hug of love and acceptance.
Where to Stay
There are many more lodging options during the summer, in fall however, I'd go for hotel rooms with heating, especially if you're traveling with young kids.
Yosemite Valley Lodge (previously Yosemite Lodge at the Falls)
Inside Yosemite Village, a short walk or a shuttle ride away from the Lower Yosemite Falls trail.
The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (previously The Ahwahnee Hotel)
This handsome historical hotel is conveniently located inside Yosemite Valley. If you're looking for an upscale experience with comfort and convenience, this is the best choice.
This new hotel (opened in 2016) sits right outside the Yosemite National Park entrance. It's a resort hotel with family-friendly amenities and a rustic-chic atmosphere. After our recent stay there, I highly recommend it. Read my full review here.