Stop all the motion, I want to get off

August 19, 2011 |  Category:   life travels

Yeah, not such a fan of airplanes, particularly the little commuter jet that we had to get on from Vegas to Fresno. It’s sort of exciting to board a plane out on the tarmac, but then when you get on and you can reach both sides of the plane with arms outstretched, you’re just “oh”, particularly because you know Mark gets motion sickness easily. Yes, that’s right. Hawaii helicopter tours, Alaskan whale watching cruises, drives up windy mountain roads – all ruined because of extreme nausea. The girls thought the tiny plane was “cute” and laughed every time the plane did a little drop because it gave them butterflies in their stomach. They were in hysterics the whole ride. Mark and I weren’t so amused. We felt like old people.

The next day, my brother drove us to Yosemite with a little help from anti-nausea medicine. The girls were complaining of car sickness but everyone did fine. Yosemite is…ah, you know, here are some photos, which you can’t even get a sense of the place through pictures or even one day there, really. It’s like the time we went to the Grand Canyon, on a stop during a cross country road trip. It was so surreal that it looked like we were staring at a movie set. But the real fun started on the descent down from Yosemite. Winding, steep roads for the better part of 2 hours. Seriously, it wouldn’t end. Claudine threw up cheddar bunnies and ice cream and freaked out because she’s not normally a pukey kid and she didn’t know what was happening. We had inadequate supplies to clean her up with. Good times.

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  • Andrea August 19, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Wow, this park is beautiful. I´m from Brazil, but I´ll surely go there someday to see it live. Love your stories and family by the way. =)

  • Pamela August 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Yosemite! My favorite park in the whole wide world! Word to the nausea … I puke during shaky movies!

  • Dacia August 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Ah! That’s so awesome that you are visiting Yosemite. I’m from the Bay Area in California and I have been a fan of your blog for a while now! The trees in Yosemite are simply beautiful. I hope you are enjoying the weather in Nor Cal and have fun in San Francisco! =)

  • Eve August 19, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    Stunning photos Jenna!

  • Jill August 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    If there is a bright side to totally awkward family photos, it is 10-15 years down the road, when you all can look back at your photos and laugh your asses off and remember the trips fondly. Speaking from lots of experience, here. 🙂

  • mickie August 19, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    WOW!! so beautiful…all of it, and all of you!

  • jess August 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    That family shot made me snortle :P. Judging by just that pic it would seem you’re having the worst time ever :D. I’m pretty sure my mom has a box full of pics of us looking miserable on super fun vacations.

  • ana August 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    wow, I want to go there

  • Joni August 19, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Wonderful shots…funny thing? the very last photo…everyone looks so grouchy

  • kate August 19, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I know it’s usually hard to capture the real feeling of places like that on film. But, I think you did an amazing job. These pictures are breathtaking.
    I’m not a big fan of airplanes…especially the little ones! yikes. I am also one who gets motion sickness easily, and one of my two sons has inherited that trait from me. Makes for not so fun car rides…and small plane rides.
    p.s. I love the family shot too. Sometimes the candid ones are the most valuable because they show personalities the best 🙂

  • Laura August 19, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Something about the mountains of the west get to me everytime i see them. They are just breathtaking and like you say surreal in person. Great pictures, keep them coming! And sorry about the nausea…not fun

  • linda August 20, 2011 at 1:46 am

    oh man, yosemite is pretty gosh darn cool once you get up there, huh? i stopped there during my road trip a few years back and frolicked through the meadows just to say that i frolicked through the meadows. haha.

    either way, looks like you guys are having fun. and sorry to hear about all the nausea and stuff. that’s not fun. but at least memorable. lol..

  • Anna August 20, 2011 at 4:35 am

    I’ve got a family photo in exactly the same place! 🙂

  • Nicole Franzen August 20, 2011 at 10:23 am

    me too hate planes… my trip from NY to New Mexico then from New Mexico to San Francisco, then from San Francisco back to New York made me despise planes and flying all over again. Not a fan! Love traveling but hate the act of traveling! Just get me there please 🙂 Enjoy Cali its sooooo beautiful, I cant wait to go back!

  • tschitschi August 20, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    Looks wonderful! I love the huge trees!

  • caroline August 21, 2011 at 4:25 am

    fun. I haven’t been to yosemite since I was like 10. my brother was just there last week too. he apparently hiked half dome. and I love your family portrait. the more awkward, the better memories later.

  • Anna August 21, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Haha…we used to have family photos like that too. Beautiful views. Good times. X

  • Seema August 21, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Absolutely stunning photographs as always – this time even more special! Must be breathtaking in real life if the pictures capture it this well!.

  • Chantale August 21, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    These photos look so retro! It truly is incredibly breathtaking over there.. Love that family photo.. but where are the smiles? lol

  • carolyn August 22, 2011 at 12:25 am

    That’s like us. 4 weeks of family holiday in 3 states and how many decent family shots do we get? 1…and that’s pushing it.

  • michelle August 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    Ugh, I know exactly which road you’re talking about. It’s first time I ever saw a “winding road head sign” that extended for 33 miles. I’m not surprised that little Ms. C got sick.

    I’d love if you did an entire post devoted to your awkward family photos.

  • pve August 26, 2011 at 8:54 am

    let’s hear it for awkward family photos.
    you all look so sweet.

  • also did the family road trip thing October 23, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    I love the family pic. I have one just like that where I’m the sweaty kid that’s been wedged in the back seat with the baby sister and scowling at the camera while my parents tried to look not exhausted from traveling with 2 kids and in-laws.