On September 19-21, the Young Adults had many, many members go to Yosemite. Thank you, Maggie, for your reflection about your trip.
The Young Adults Group at St. Dominic’s organizes a great weekend every year for the 20-30’s of the community, and this year I got to go! The planned itinerary was perfect for me: a little bit of structure, lots of freedom, and plenty of “optional” items. We started the weekend off with a great car ride full of new friends we met via the nifty Google doc used for carpooling. With anticipation mounting and the sun setting, we approached beautiful Yosemite. We arrived to smiling faces and comfy beds (essential), complete with some general instructions about avoiding bears and utilizing ear plugs.
Saturday morning we awoke to hot coffee, breakfast, and 70 new smiling faces! 3 hikes were offered that day, one of which took us up to beautiful Glacier Point, which provided a breathtaking view of Yosemite Valley (“we used to be all the way down there!”) and a perfect vista point to eat our lunches. A new friend and I found our own way down (yay freedom), complete with an ice-cold swim and warm rainfall as we entered the camp at dusk. There were hot showers, delicious burgers, and a fire to greet us as we entered camp. Later that evening we gathered around the campfire for a community Rosary, great music, and fellowship.
Sunday morning we all traveled to the Yosemite visitor center to attend Mass. It was an awesome way to end such a special weekend. After gathering a few souvenirs from the shops and saying good-byes, we packed in our cars to enjoy the last remnants of the gorgeous Yosemite views and head home.