Yosemite Vacation Food

We just returned from a place filled with stunning views of mountains and valleys and waterfalls, a place that inspired John Muir to write "Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life."

Can anyone name that place?!   Yosemite, of course! (since the post title already gave it away...)

We spent a week in that fountain of life with Justin's family, and amid the hikes and wildness, we also managed to eat some pretty darn good food.  Because there were seven of us eating most meals together with a variety of dietary restrictions (gluten intolerance, pre-diabetic diet, vegetarian/locavore diets, baby/toddler diet, etc.), finding meals that pleased everyone was a difficult thing to do.  But we managed!  For now, a list of our dinners that fulfilled all these dietary limitations, but I'll return soon with recipes for a couple of these dishes. Let me know if you want some of them in particular!

  • Mom Horn's famous Taco Salad, with boysenberry pie for dessert
  • Spaghetti with vegetables in a tomato sauce, with Italian cabbage salad
  • Dinner out at the Evergreen Lodge
  • Grilled burgers, portabella mushrooms, corn, and asparagus, served with watermelon
  • Vegetable enchiladas with corn tortillas, served with a Mexican slaw and a corn salad
  • Broccoli-mushroom peanut stir fry, roasted new potatoes, and a green salad
  • Veggie chili and fruit salad (with assorted leftovers to finish it off!)
All of this food and good company (along with Yosemite Falls behind us) left us happy and smiling:


  1. This is some seriously good camping food! Hopefully it didn't cause tension; food is always an issue when my family goes away together ~ my sister is vegetarian, I'm sometimes vegetarian, my dad's often trying an unusual experimental diet and diabetic, and my mum wants to eat "normal" food, etc. Come to think of it, food has been a tension in my family all my life ~ an investigation into this dynamic would be an interesting juxtaposition to posts on how food has operated in your fam...

  2. Meridith! I'd love it if you wanted to write a guest post about food as a tension in family. I think that would be a fascinating topic, and one I'd love to read/write more about. What do you say?

  3. Hrm, when I went backpacking in Yosemite I recall surviving for five days on nothing but instant oatmeal, squishy white bread, peanut butter, trail mix, and salame. I think I lost about 8 pounds. Where did you guys do all the cooking?

  4. Our circumstances (family time with older people and a baby) kept us from doing any backpacking and so we stayed in the cushy comfort of a cabin about 8 miles outside the park's boundaries that had a fully-stocked kitchen. No squishy white bread or salami for us! (though I do think we had instant oatmeal and peanut butter and trail mix). We were livin' large.


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