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Weekend In Yosemite

May 8, 2018

A spontaneous camping trip to Yosemite, otherwise known as heaven…? Eric and I celebrated our one year anniversary on Monday and we decided Yosemite was the way to go. I had never done actual tent camping (that isn’t glamping, because, spoiled…) and Eric had never been to Yosemite! I grew up as a child going there almost every year but hadn’t been since I was at least thirteen and it was just as magical as I remembered.


We drove up uncomfortably early on Sunday morning with Ruby, all of our camping needs and no tent reservations. We stayed in Camp 4 at Yosemite which after a short scare of them being fully booked, ended up being the best campground… ever. We were surrounded by amaaaazingly huge trees and lush greenery and might I add the biggest (and most consistent) campfire in the entire grounds. We were also such a short walk away from the market and food court where we stocked UP on wine and all of the camping snacks.

It was soooo beautiful to look up at all the stars at night, something I hardly see living in LA. We even saw two shooting stars which is how my parents chose my name when my Mom was pregnant with me. We did the Vernal Falls hike which is about a three mile hike up to this absolutely stunning waterfall. Not to mention the fact you literally walk up the MOST misty stairs and get soaking wet by the time you reach the top. Ruby didn’t like the getting wet part but we basically went to Mordor and back. 

Our fish, Stanley, unfortunately passed the day before we left so we decided to bury him at the top of the water fall and held a tiny funeral for him. Slightly morbid but it’s the sentiment that counts. People walked by as we held his little ceremony and gave us the strangest looks. I guess I understand when you have a dog hanging in a backpack and seen talking to a tiny tiki man.


It was an amazing trip. We celebrated our last night with wine, PB&J and romantic star gazing (sounds so cheesy but it was real cute). It was such an amazing way to spend our anniversary and I can’t wait to make it an annual trip together. I’d recommend camping for an anniversary any day since you get to really connect without having to think about anything else except making each other happy and being really present together.

The things I’d recommend for camping that are absolute MUSTS would be 1- blow up mattress since comfort is everything, followed by a ton of cozy blankets and pillows. 2- Portable fans since you never know how hot and sticky it can sometimes get (depending on where you’re camping and what time of year). 3- Eye masks are great if you like to sleep in. Eric probably would’ve appreciated if I had brought a pair because I was up so early jumping on the air mattress singing that I wanted to go hiking. Dating me is fun!!! 4- Fire starter wood so you’ve got the best campfire on the block and 5- an AMAZING partner who knows how to do all the set up so you don’t have to! Kidding! Slightly…

Hope you guys try out Yosemite if you haven’t already! Comment some of your favorite places to go camping or are wanting to try! 

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    May 9, 2018 at 9:50 am

    I went to a camping trip in yosemite last year with my best friends and i totally agree with you it was absolutely amazing! I loved it there. Happy Aniversary!

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      May 9, 2018 at 9:52 am

      Also I looove going camping at Yellowstone I was always a camping person

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      May 9, 2018 at 10:46 am

      It’s amazing. Thank you! Xx

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    May 9, 2018 at 9:58 am

    I love your writing skills, stelllaaaaa

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    Kasen Jones
    May 9, 2018 at 10:23 am

    I wanna go to other places in california too such as big bear, mammoth lake, and camping on a beach in big sur would be amazing lol, i’ve been dreaming of that since I was a kid.

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      May 9, 2018 at 10:45 am

      Big sur is sooo beautiful. Camping there would be such a dreaaamm. Probably gonna have to do that next! 😉

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    May 9, 2018 at 10:25 am

    Sounds so fun Stella! I live how you write and you definitely made me want to camp soon! I only camped at Coachella but never in the actual wild! I heard there are great campsites in Malibu so I may start with that to take it easy! Haha. Thanks for sharing 😊

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      May 9, 2018 at 10:26 am

      I love*** how you write

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      May 9, 2018 at 10:46 am

      Yeah, I’ve never camped in Malibu myself but a lot of my friends have and said it’s stunning! You should try it! 🙂 Xx

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    εïзPAULY HUDGENSεïз (@NesahudgensFans)
    May 9, 2018 at 11:22 am

    💜I am glad you are happy
    and thanks for contacting us
    things about your trip
    a beautiful happy anniversary couple ..
    i love you stella love your blog💜

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    May 9, 2018 at 11:32 am

    How fun! I definitely have to visit Yosemite someday. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    May 9, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Looks like you had a great time and it all looks so beautiful 🙂

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    May 9, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    I am going there this year for my anniversary and this was just the perfect read! 🙂

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    May 9, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    I’ve been talking about going to Yosemite but don’t know the first thing about camping. Thanks for all the tips! The pictures of your trip are beautiful and I’m definitely going to consider Camp 4 as well as the Vernal Falls hike.

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    May 9, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    I really wanna go to Yosemite. Still couldn’t get the chance:(

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    May 9, 2018 at 9:57 pm

    You are such a otp filled with love and cuteness cant wait for a wedd

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    May 10, 2018 at 10:00 am

    LOVE these pics, so cute! I went to Yosemite for the first time two years ago and had a BLAST! Also the pic of your dog getting wet, so precious.

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    May 10, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    Love your blogs! What type of outfits did you take that were the most comfortable with the activities you were doing?

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    May 10, 2018 at 7:28 pm

    I’ll be going to Yosemite with my dad in August! Vernal falls sounded great and we will be sure to check it out

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    May 10, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    I love your blog 💖. It would be amazing if you write top natural places to visit in California and the world.

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    April ♡
    May 16, 2018 at 12:42 am

    Wow, the scenery looks amazing!! Would love to go there! ♡

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    June 13, 2018 at 5:44 am

    I guess there is no EXCUSE not to go back to Yosemite National Park.

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