My family vacations as a kid meant a 1 day trip to the NC mountains- 5 hours in the car, 1 hour at the Daniel Boone Restaurant, 3 hours at Tweetsie Railroad, a stop at a road-side stand for some apples, then back in the car again headed home. 


This summer marks my commitment to a different kind of family vacation. Ben, Flo, Theo and I spent 4, sun-drenched days in Yosemite national park. We saw giant sequoias, waded in rivers with currents that rivaled the rip-tides of the Atlantic, roasted marshmallows alongside families from Dubai and Berkley, swapped a hot pot for tomato sandwiches with a couple from Shanghai and swam in a very very cold Glacier lake up the Tioga Pass. The park's diversity, vistas, waterfalls, and cliffs set the stage for the family bonding the four of us needed. The trip exceeded my expectations and I left Yosemite obsessed with making National Parks a Knight family tradition.  Next summer maybe we’ll see Yellowstone.