This past weekend I went to Yosemite for a spiritual retreat with my university. We left on Friday afternoon and arrived at Camp Wawona in the evening. The girls from my school stayed in the lodge, but the guys (including my boyfriend), got to stay in a yurt. I was so jealous.
Two other schools were there as well. We had a lot of worships and song services. Each school’s chaplain gave a sermon about surrender. The whole concept of going to a retreat and surrendering something instead of looking to gain something was very different, but I really liked it and was blessed.
Sunday morning we piled in the vans and headed to Yosemite Valley where we had free reign for the remainder of the afternoon. My boyfriend and I chose to hike with a group up to Vernal Falls, one of the lower waterfalls in Yosemite. The Mist Trail was closed for the winter, but we disregarded the gentle warning and took it anyway. Since this year was very dry for California the trail wasn’t wet and slippery.
We hiked a mile to the falls and ate our sack lunches at the top. The view was gorgeous, but it was chilly outside. With a high of 50 degrees, we were all hiking in long sleeves and jackets. We made it to the bottom before we had to be back at our vans.
I really loved being able to spend a few days in Yosemite, even if it was only for a short time. The mountain air and smell of pines was refreshing. It’s really good to escape from the daily routine and go out into nature to reassess your life and straighten your thoughts out.