“Hey dogs, want to go for a walk in Yosemite?”

We’re just over an hour to Yosemite Valley, truly one of the coolest places on earth.

When I asked our dogs if they wanted to go… Murray immediately went and jumped in the back of the car.

Inside Yosemite National Park dogs are welcome on established paths only. Generally, I’d say Yosemite isn’t that dog-friendly. If you’re headed to the park for vacation be really mindful of the various dog restrictions that will impact your time there.

That said, the Sentinel Meadow Loop trail was perfect for what we were hoping for. An easy, flat walk to get the dogs out of the house.

This isn’t Murray’s first trip to Yosemite, we brought him here on vacation when he was just a pup. As we were driving through the valley I kept wondering if he remembered it? Do dogs have long-term memories or do we just ascribe our memories of them in places onto them?

One of the things we’re looking forward to about living here is seeing Yosemite during all four seasons. In early June, all of the waterfalls were still flowing, showing off their splendor to the amazement of adoring fans. As we were raising our kids we usually came in July or August for vacation when the waterfalls were either completely gone or just a trickle.

So this was a sight to behold for me!

On of the things I love about the valley is that you can walk through areas of forest, where you forget where you’re at, then you come to a clearing and you’re stunned by the majesty of the towering mountains. They feel so close you can touch them. And if you want to… you can actually go touch them!

We didn’t chase waterfalls. I stuck to the rivers and lakes that I’m used to.

This was Ms. Bey’s first trip to Yosemite. I don’t know if she was impressed or not. But she did really well with the walk. I think we need to get her a cute haircut, put a bandana on her, and let her star in everyone’s vacation photos.

New business idea: Rent a cockapoo!

After a mile or so the dogs were worn out and ready to go home. Originally I was going to walk them through a different meadow where we’d have a view of Half Dome.

But we didn’t get that far on this trip. They were wiped out.

After our walked I loaded the pups back up in the Subaru and started the 1 hour drive home.

It was about this point, most of the way through the village, that I started smelling dog puke. Ms. Bey gets car sick and puked all over the back of the car.

I pulled over, used a towel to clean it up the best I could, then had to convince them to get back in the car for the drive home. Fortunately, we’ve got some nice accessories for the car… so when we got home I just hosed everything off, tossed the dog bed cover in the wash, and that was that.

We live to fight another day!

By Adam McLane

Kristen and Adam live in Ahwahnee, California.

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