I have another travel confession to make. But before I bare my travel soul…again…I want to focus on a positive, exciting moment instead.
Like the cold, dark, wet winter.
For a guy who has spent most of his life in South Carolina and California, I didn’t experience much winter weather, play in a lot of snow (though we had more than you think in SC), or get into winter sports.
As a traveler, this time of year wasn’t ideal for me. Growing up I had school and it was freaking cold, dark, and wet most of the time. If I wanted to go somewhere really warm, I needed to go to Hawaii, somewhere tropical, or a location near the equator or in the southern hemisphere.
So why I am talking about winter and travel with such enthusiasm? In less than two weeks I will turn another year older.
And I am going on a birthday dream trip!
My birthday dream trip to…
February birthdays are awesome! OK so I don’t care about the winter part of it and the fact that I was always in school.
However, it is the most unique month of the year and there are many famous February celebrity birthdays – famous baseball players (Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth), NBA and NFL greats Michael Jordan and Jim Brown, some of our most famous Presidents (Ronald Reagan, Abraham Lincoln, and George Washington) and a President with the same birthday as me (William Henry Harrison).
As I reflect on past birthdays, I’ve had some memorable ones and some bad ones. And as evidenced by this photo, not all my birthdays were cold, dark, and wet.
As I get closer to mid life (I am probably older than most of you think), it’s time I take a special trip. Sure, my baby face appearance, charming southern manners, and youthful good looks (delusions are grand at my age – I also think I a well traveled blogger too) are nice to have as I get old(er).
Now it’s time to take a birthday dream trip!
I AM GOING TO YOSEMITE!
On my birthday, I will be on the floor of Yosemite Valley looking at a (hopefully) snow covered Half Dome!
Recent photos of Yosemite from Amanda of A Dangerous Business and the beautiful shots of Yosemite from yTravelBlog have me itching to check it out. A Yosemite Valley Ansel Adams tribute from The Planet D this summer has me even more excited! While most people visit in the summer, I will get a rare experience of seeing Yosemite up close in the winter!
Thanks to the Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Board for the invitation as part of the Yosemite weekend getaway with Sactrips. I will get bet 2 free nights in Mariposa, a welcome dinner, a 2 hour tour of the Yosemite floor, time to explore Yosemite on my own, a complimentary wine tasting, and a Mariposa city tour.
A trip to Yosemite on my actual birthday?! This is definitely a birthday dream trip.
However, I still owe you that travel confession.
A Yosemite travel confession
I love hiking. I’ve hiked in some beautiful places while traveling. However, I make it a point to hike in California every year.
My favorite area to hike is near Lake Tahoe. I’ve scaled to the highest point in Lake Tahoe. I thought I saw ewoks near San Francisco. I’ve interviewed my shoe when I hiked the Mt Judah trail and explored Horsetail Falls with a view many have compared to Yosemite.
Yet none of that is really a travel confession. And I probably still wouldn’t confess anything if it wasn’t for this birthday dream trip to Yosemite.
I’ve lived in California since 2001 – almost 12 years now. I love hiking and the outdoors.
Travel confession – I’ve never been to Yosemite.
I am a little ashamed to admit that. However, that doesn’t matter anymore as I will be spending my birthday in Yosemite National Park.
After nearly 12 years in California, I am finally going to Yosemite. In the winter. On my actual birthday.
It’s OK to be jealous of my birthday dream trip. It’s OK if I am not able to see Vernal Falls or Yosemite Falls. It’s OK to laugh at my travel confession and make fun of me for living here all these years and not visiting Yosemite.
On February 9, I won’t be laughing. I will be in awe as I experience Yosemite Valley and Half Dome for the first time.
This is a birthday dream trip come true. An item on my travel bucket list to check off. And a travel confession that no longer carries any guilt.
Have you ever taken a birthday dream trip?