My Balance & Wellness
with Sarah Hawthorne


Yosemite – A Modern + Wholesome Guide: Off The Grid

My husband Chris, my 4 month old puppy Bailey and I all had the best time in Yosemite recently so I wanted to share with you exactly how we enjoyed our trip away from it all...  

The Red A Frame  
This place is a hidden gem that is totally off the radar from Yosemite tourism. Stay in this super cool Red A Frame to enjoy peace and quiet in the heart of Mother Nature. All you may hear are the cows mooing from time to time in the surrounding meadow.  The accommodation is spacious and has everything you need: 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, a kitchen set up, a dining room and a living room. There is a small deck to sit, relax and enjoy the environment, as well as a fire pit out the back to snuggle up next to under the stars at night. It’s completely solar powered and eco friendly, with no cell phone coverage (there is a weak connection to some wifi – but you won’t need it). An on site host ensures you have enough drinking water, firewood and a good sense of the area. Tommy told us where to hike each day, which was really helpful. The Red A Frame sits on 20 acres of land, so there is plenty of gentle morning or evening walks to enjoy around there, especially if you bring a puppy like we did.    

Pack your own healthy food! Either shop at the local farmers market or go to Good Earth before you leave to load up on all your favorite nutritious goodies. For us, $200 lasted 9 meals. Breakfast was steel cut oats with fresh fruit, seeds, nut butter, cinnamon, sea salt and coconut milk. *I threw in some bacon one morning too! Lunch was always tasty leftovers from dinner the night before. Dinner was chicken tacos on night 1, bolognese with lentil pasta on night 2, and sausages cooked on the fire with a medley of veggies on the side on night 3. Dessert was 85% dark chocolate of course. Hiking snacks included fresh fruit and high quality bars such as Patagonia Provisions Organic Fruit + Almond Bars and Go Raw Pumpkin Seed Bars.  

Hike, hike, hike until you can’t hike no more! Always pack supplies including sun protection, snacks and enough drinking water. Each day we did one hiking outing with our 4 month old puppy: 
Day 1 - Chiquito Trail (follows a creek to a lake) – out and back *The trail head is at Upper Chiquito opposite Globe Rock
Day 2 - Jackass Lakes (moderate incline to a gorgeous lake with beautiful views) - out and back
Day 3 - Nelder Grove of Giant Sequoias (easy and flat) - approximately 1 mile loop *If you head along the road in the other direction away from this scenic walk, you will find another area that you can do another easy loop hike too

**We heard that if you have the right wheels to go off road, say a Jeep or a truck, then you should definitely hike Fresno Dome area.  

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