The Squirrel’s of Yosemite Recommend The Story of Elmer!!

The small creatures of Yosemite National park endorse The Story of Elmer as the BEST children’s book about Yosemite!!!

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Making your First Family Camping Trip a Success

6 Tips for a Great Yosmite Vacation.Camping with your kids is an awesome experience, but it can also be pretty scary the first time. The key to making your first family camping trip is: preparation, preparation, preparation! Taking the time before your trip to really plan things out will make everything just go so much smoother once you’re out at the campground.

We’ll take you through the most important things you’ll need to do to prepare for your camping trip including where to go, what to bring, and how to the kids ready. Once you know the basics of how to prepare, you’ll be all set to get started and make that first trip a huge success! Continue reading

Games for your Family Campout

Games to play when family camping

As a kid growing up, my family went on annual camping trips. All of us kids would spend the day riding our bikes, hiking, adventuring and generally goofing off, and once we’d worn ourselves out, we’d come back to camp for an evening of games. We would have epic tournaments where we’d try to become the reigning champion of a card, dice or board game. Some of my fondest childhood memories are of those game nights in the campgrounds.

Games are a great way to bring the family together with some friendly competition on your next camping trip. This list will focus on card games and dice games since those are easy to pack and each can be used several different ways for hours of fun. Continue reading

S’mores 10 ways

A campiRoasting Marshmallow Yosemiteng trip just wouldn’t be complete without making s’mores over the campfire. Of course the classic graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow combo will never go out of style, why stop there? Why not add some new flavors and some pizazz to your s’mores? Here are 10 ways to jazz up your s’mores on your next camping trip (or even at home, we won’t judge!) Continue reading

Why Buy Independent Books from Independent Bookstores?

Branches exterFor those of us who really enjoy a reading, there’s not much better than spending an hour two in a quiet local bookstore and picking out a new book. Buying trends, in the last couple of decades, have not been kind to those local bookstores. With online sellers and big-box bookstores gaining traction with low prices, many independent bookstores have been forced out of business. Fortunately, it seems that the tide is turning and independent bookstores are making a comeback.

The success of independent booksellers and independent book publishers go hand in hand, they both help each other, and you can help both of them! Continue reading

Exploring Yosemite with Kids

reservations for campingYosemite National Park is an amazing place to visit, and a great place to take children. Whether you’re camping or staying at resort, you’ll find so many opportunities for exploration with your kids in Yosemite.

Here you’ll find a brief list of fun things to do in Yosemite, it is by no means exhaustive, there are so many wonderful place to go and things to see, it would be impossible to list them all! Continue reading