Dress: Forever 21
Sneakers: Nike (similar here)
Hi Chic Readers, what’s up?! Happy Friday to you!!!
We recently went to Yosemite as K won the “lottery” to hike Half Dome! It was a gnarly experience (watch this quick video for context if curious) that I only got to vicariously live through via my brother-in-law’s Go Pro video footage…and let me tell you, I was pretty ok with not having hiked it!
I considered hiking Half Dome, but it’s not on my “to-do” list, or bucket list, and instead opted to do some less strenuous nice hikes to beautiful waterfalls! Oh and on one of our days there my MIL and I did a waterfall hike in Yosemite Valley to Vernal Falls Footbridge, then had lunch at Tenaya Lodge and treated ourselves to facials/massages (while the boys were hiking Half Dome) #priorities 😉
Yosemite is such a GORGEOUS place!!! Like insanely stunning. If you have never gone, no matter where in the world you live, and you like nature, hiking and beautiful scenes then it’s not to be missed! Fun fact: over 4 million people visit Yosemite each year. Crazy right?!
Pro tip: Visit Yosemite in May or June, if possible, for peak snow run-off (AKA the waterfalls will be at their very best!)
Apparently I had visited Yosemite when I was 8 years old with my family, but don’t remember any of it so I was very happy to experience it in my adult life as it did not disappoint!
People who go to Yosemite seem to like to be very equipped with: hiking poles, big boots, backpacks, hats/visors, fanny packs, outdoorsy outfits etc. and while that’s great if you’re actually doing hard/challenging hikes where all of that equipment is necessary, I think a lot of people do it for the looks factor!
Makes sense as people always like to look like they’re legit and that they know what they’re doing, and you know what I don’t blame them as one of my life motto’s is ‘you do you’! To each their own right?! As long as it doesn’t hurt others :).
You can imagine random stranger’s reactions when they passed by our group on the trail and saw almost everyone in our group all outfitted in normal hiking/athletic clothes and then saw me…in this pink floral summer dress (insert crying laughing emoji here)! But hey, one thing I’ve learned is that you have to ‘do you’ and not care about what others think of you!
Two of my favorite quotes are:
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out” – Dr. Seuss
“People will stare. Make it worth their while” – Harry Winston
Also, if you’re not doing a crazy strenuous, 10+ mile, hike and instead are doing an easy to moderate hike or casual walk in a National Park, a dress is actually a very comfy hiking outfit! Don’t believe me?
Most spring/summer dresses are: airy (big plus when it’s hot out!), lightweight and can absorb sweat easily…I would recommend hiking in a dress to anyone who’s interested! Try it one day…you may be pleasantly surprised ;)!
Oh and I did wear my reliable, comfy, Nike sneakers with this dress on the hike as I’m not totally crazy…haha! I did see one woman on the trail to Mirror Lake in sandals and thought “What are you doing?! Your feet are going to hurt!” as it’s still a hike, even if moderate to easy level.
xo “Inspired to see ALL the National Parks now!” Sera 😉