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Sunrise at Yosemite

Instead of throwing a crazy bachelorette party, my girls and I decided to drive up to the mountains to catch the sunrise at Yosemite and spend the night in the woods… in a cabin, of course! Five days before my wedding, Keisha, Angie, Krystle & I left town at three in the morning to be sunrise chasers. Our destination – Glacier Point at Yosemite National Park.

Our drive to the park was eerie but good. The roads were empty and when we were ascending up the mountains, we would only see one car pass us every twenty minutes. What made the drive eerie was how dark our surroundings were – if we fell off the mountain, we basically wouldn’t even know what we were falling into. We arrived at the Glacier Point trailhead with fifteen minutes to spare before the sunrise. We dashed out of the parking lot like madmen and found our seats facing Half Dome.

After the sun peaked over the granite dome, we spent a few minutes to nap a little before heading back to the car to drive to the Yosemite Valley. Once we got to the valley, we grabbed some breakfast and wandered into the gift shop. From there, we decided to hike over to the Lower Yosemite Falls where we spent some time cooling down by the rocks where water had collected.

Once we decided that we had seen enough of the park for the day, we set out to drive to our little cabin for the night. We booked our cabin through Airbnb and we actually stayed in Ahwahnee, a small town which was an hour away from the park’s south entrance. The cabin was perfect for our party of four. After checking in, we ventured out to the pool, spent more time cooling off from the bright and sunny California summer. We grabbed sushi in the nearby town of Oakhurst and grabbed some snacks at the local grocery. Since we had to be up rather early for that day trip to Yosemite, we knocked out quite early as well.


Spending time with people closest to me, catching the sunrise and soaking in the sun was definitely the way I imagined by “bachelorette party” to be.

34 Comments

  • Nancy
    November 25, 2019 at 5:26 PM

    It has been a hot while since I have been up to Yosemite! I still remember your IG stories of going up there! It was a mission but totally worth it with the cute pictures and the EXPERIENCE ALONE!! It is great that you got yourself a cabin – driving in and out in one day is such a hassle. You rocked this summer!!! LOL I SEE MY DORK ASS IN THE VIDEO LOLOL THE HONOR. It was a fun summer!! I loved your wedding!!! I loved this post – way to give me some throwback vibes!!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  • Mai
    November 25, 2019 at 6:32 PM

    The sunrise looks gorgeous! I think a hiking trip is a great way to have a bachelorette party!

    Mai
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  • Melissa Kacar
    November 25, 2019 at 10:57 PM

    These photos are so gorgeous! I always wanted to go to Yosemite, I’m definitely gonna have to make it a priority next time I go to California! Thanks for sharing your experience, I loved reading this! 🙂

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  • Kayla
    November 26, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Ahhh I love this! Much better than your typical bachelorette party. Looks like you all had a great time, the photos are beautiful.

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  • Katie
    November 29, 2019 at 1:02 PM

    This is such a good alternative idea for a hen do (UK name for a bachelorette)!

    Katie xx
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  • Deborah Kos
    November 29, 2019 at 5:46 PM

    The cabin is so tiny and cute. I love the outdoor pool with the roof cover. I don’t like to be in the sun all the time. What an awesome idea for a bachelorette getaway.

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  • Emma from ECBC
    November 30, 2019 at 12:31 AM

    What a fantastic idea! The pictures are lovely as well.

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  • Simone
    November 30, 2019 at 4:45 AM

    It must be very amazing to see the sunrise up in those mountains! It looks so beautiful and that cabin is so cute.

    xx Simone
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  • Kathrine Eldridge
    November 30, 2019 at 5:35 AM

    Yosemite is on my bucket list! What a gorgeous view and love these pics. My family try to visit as many national parks as possible.

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  • Allie Mackin
    November 30, 2019 at 9:06 AM

    This looks like a lovely way to spend a bachelorette weekend. I use to camping in upstate NY with friends. We rented cabins and went to the renaissance fair sans the pool and no bathrooms in the cabins we were roughing it lol. And ah those views remind of when I lived in Seattle and yes I have been on those mountain roads at night.

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  • Hannah
    December 1, 2019 at 12:35 AM

    I haven’t been to Yosemite in almost 10 years! This bachelorette party is so you, because I know how much you love hiking and the outdoors 🙂 it’s so scary driving up those mountains at night though, especially when there are no surrounding lights. The cabin looks cute and cozy. Loved that there was a pool to cool off in too!

    Hannah the Mad Dog

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  • Mica
    December 1, 2019 at 4:19 AM

    What a great way to celebrate with friends, the sunset looks amazing and it sounds like you had a really nice time together!

    Hope that you are having a wonderful weekend 🙂 I posted my Annual Handbag Gift Guide if you want to check it out 🙂

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  • Zorica
    December 1, 2019 at 5:25 AM

    It looks like you’ve had a blast.
    Amazing place
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  • The Exclusive Beauty Diary
    December 1, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    That sunrise is so stunning. I love watching sunrise and that one at Yosemite looks amazing.

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  • Kinga
    December 1, 2019 at 10:17 AM

    Looks perfect 🙂

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  • ThatAutisticFitChick
    December 1, 2019 at 11:57 AM

    This is the best bachelorette I’ve ever seen. I love the idea of watching the Sunrise over the Mountains with some of your closest friends <3

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  • Sophie Wentworth
    December 1, 2019 at 1:41 PM

    Definitely worth the eerie drive (as long as it’s safe of course) for views like that. This sounds like the loveliest way to spend your bachelorette trip. The cabin looks so cute! All of your photos are stunning, as always. I can’t think of a better way to spend the time, Sounds like you had fun too! x

    Sophie

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  • Jyoti
    December 2, 2019 at 1:15 AM

    Beautiful pictures with a great idea! Wonderful Post! Have a great day!
    Allurerage
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  • Margot
    December 2, 2019 at 6:48 AM

    Looks like a perfect destination for a bachelorette party.
    If I had a bachelorette party I would of love to stay here too. The mountains are so beautiful.
    And the cabin is so cute.
    xx
    Margot
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  • SundayDahlias
    December 2, 2019 at 8:23 AM

    This actually sounds like such a great bachelorette party! A weekend getaway with the girls in nature sounds relaxing and fun – totally my style!

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  • Mercy
    December 3, 2019 at 7:48 PM

    That is such a epic picture of the four of you facing the half dome. I want to see this place the next time I’ll visit California. That’s one memorable bachelorette party indeed.

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  • Angelica
    December 4, 2019 at 2:49 PM

    Looks like an amazing experience. Great photos!

    xx Angelica
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  • Radi
    December 4, 2019 at 5:14 PM

    I love this idea of a bachlorettes party… surrounded by nature and your closest girlfriends.

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  • christina
    December 5, 2019 at 11:51 AM
  • Kathrin
    December 6, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Congratulations on your wedding! And going to Yosemite for a bachelorette party is a wonderful idea.

    Kathrin | Polar Bear Style

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  • Kirsten
    December 8, 2019 at 8:47 AM

    What an absolutely beautiful and perfect way to spend your bachelorette party! That sunrise looks beautiful in the picture and I’m sure no picture could really do it justice. Hiking is one of my favorite things to do and also staying in cabins and camping.

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  • Ran | Travel & Lifestyle
    December 11, 2019 at 4:30 AM

    Oh my gosh, this is soooo beautiful! Literally the first thing that came to mind when I saw those pictures. I’m not really one to climb mountains, but I’d do so for a view like that. That Airbnb is really cute too! Thank you sooo much for sharing this!

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  • Julie
    December 11, 2019 at 8:51 PM

    Wow, what a great bachelorette party! I’m surprised that there wasn’t more traffic on the way up, it seems like a popular camping destination. I hope to get to Yosemite one of these days.

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  • Kara
    December 15, 2019 at 11:37 AM

    This is a lovely idea for a bachelorette party! Seeing the sunrise from there must have been magical and the view looks beautiful. I’m glad you had a great time!

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

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  • Sakuranko
    December 16, 2019 at 7:41 AM

    Oh so cute places darling~ I love it all the photos darling
    xx

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  • Fritzie
    December 17, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    What an awesome bachelorette party! A weekend getaway with your closest friends is always a great idea. Love the photos and video. Wish we could visit Yosemite someday too. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  • Patricia & Miguel
    December 19, 2019 at 2:52 AM

    We are big sunrise lovers and must say that experiencing at that gorgeous place must be so amazing 😀
    Safe travels,
    xx

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  • Elise
    December 19, 2019 at 8:48 AM

    such a pleasant scenery! i’m always in awe with people who have so much endurance and stamina to hike. meanwhile i’m over here thinking “what a pleasant sight, i’d love to go there too but aah, too lazy to do that kind of outdoor thing” :))

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  • Merel
    December 22, 2019 at 7:15 PM

    Oh wow, This looks like a magical experience!

    X Merel
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