Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean. – John Muir
In March 2014, I joined a few other women from my college sorority on a spring break trip to Yosemite National Park. A far cry from the crowded beaches of Mexico, Yosemite was just the outdoor playground we were looking for. We hiked to the peak of Yosemite Falls and took a day trip to Hetch Hetchy. While we didn’t climb Half Dome (we’re saving that for a five-year reunion) or scale El Capitan, it was a great week in one of the United States’ most beautiful National Parks. Enjoy!
Today, I was sitting on Sunshine Beach reading Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?. I laughed at the all-too-real irony of reading a book whose title perfectly captures the essence of FOMO (that’s “fear of missing out” for my parents, grandparents, extended family, and everyone over the age of thirty), since the realization that your friends are, in fact, hanging out without you is all but guaranteed when you move halfway around the world for a year. Aside from the assault on my bank account, the real price of travel has been missing my friends.