The final part of our road trip was a 24-hour whirlwind of gorgeous yellow leaves, crystal blue lakes, and lots of driving. We took the scenic route back home, but visiting Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite National Park at the end of October was definitely a good idea.
After an overnight in Mammoth, and a little jaunt to one of the nearby lakes, we drove into Yosemite from the eastern entrance at Tioga Pass. This was fun and different, since we would've normally entered from the west.
The variety of trees along the drive into Yosemite Valley was spectacular. The redwoods stood tall and proud, while the gnarled, old oak trees and leafy sycamores impressed with their color and stature.
We were ready to head home, but not before the girls (and maybe most of the adults) played in a pile of huge sycamore leaves.
The girls had the best time burying each other and tossing leaves up into the air, which made for a perfect fall evening. Our visit to Mammoth and Yosemite was short, but oh-so-sweet, and left us wanting more.
Traveling with little ones takes more time and effort, but the memories are forever and driving long distances with friends adds to the fun. We would do it all over again and hope to go back soon.