Tenaya Lake: Those flat rocks in the middle of the lake? Swim to them. Stay there. Lay there. Enjoy.
Base Camp Café: “Food you love to fuel the things you do” is the motto at this breakfast and lunch spot in Mammoth, and after retreating from Yosemite with our hearts full and our stomachs craving burgers and Bloody Marys, this gem of a place gave us exactly that. We left reenergized and ready, and then came back the next day for breakfast.
Crystal Crane Hot Springs: After our time in Yosemite, Jules and I found ourselves floating on our backs and staring at the sky as our bodies soaked in the natural minerals in the middle of nowhere, Eastern Oregon. Far from gas stations, grocery stores, and most people, Crystal Crane is the ideal place to relax, move slowly, and (if you rent room #3 at the Sage Inn) sleep on cowboy themed sheets. Accommodations range from camping to cabins, but all of them lead to swimming in the healing waters of the large hot springs.
There’s always another mountain in the future. Another trek, another challenge. Obstacles will be there. Ask yourself, what’s in front of you NOW? Grab it.