Yosemite National Institute

Well, I just dropped my 5th grader off this morning at school for a week in Yosemite with his class of 56 5th and 6th graders. We spent the last few days packing and shopping and then packing and shopping again — all the while seeing other families in a similar predicament at REI or Target looking for cold weather gear that actually fits our growing kids — Jasper’s feet are officially big – not just bigger than mine, but just plain big – size 9 men – for an almost 11 year old, that seems unbelievable to me. The Yosemite program that they go to is amazing – it is with the Yosemite Institute. The kids spend a week testing their limits; hiking in the snow, hiking in the dark (or moonlight) on the valley floor; all the while journaling about their experience. I am so glad we are at a school where our kids can have this type of experience! If you want to see what the weather is like there – check out their webcam.

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