• Caitlin McAninch

Playing in Bridgeport, CA

Updated: Feb 16, 2019

I’ve shared a number of blog posts over the years about Bridgeport, CA. This particular blog post is about six months overdue, but that’s okay. Our annual trip to Bridgeport in 2017 was as amazing as ever, and when I stumbled across these photos last week I knew I had to write up a post real quick because I guess I forgot to last year, but mainly because we took some epic photos on this weekend getaway and I want these photos shared!

We go to Bridgeport every year with my husband’s family for the Fourth of July weekend. We stay at this adorable place with cabins and basically just chill for a few days. It’s complete relaxation heaven.

On our last visit we did a few new things, and that’s what I want to highlight in this post! So without further adue…

Exploring the Hot Springs

I once wrote an entire dedicated post to the Tavertine Hot Springs, which is right outside Bridgeport, and a place we go to every year. When we arrived this year, there were way too many people in the small springs. And yes, they were all naked. We took advantage of the lighting and took some cool pictures and enjoyed a few beers. Even if you don’t get into the water this spot is gorgeous and it’s seriously an amazing place to enjoy a California sunset.

This photo below is actually one of my best performing pictures ever on Instagram. Isn’t that just the neatest?! It was a cool thing to see, but also just surprising that it killed it on Instagram.

Mono Lake Park

Mono Lake is just south of Bridgeport, and it’s right by the east entrance to Yosemite National Park. The town next to the lake is called Lee Vining and has some cool shops.

The main attraction of this day is a park right next to Mono Lake that is absolutely gorgeous, especially since it’s basically a park in the middle of nowhere. We’ve passed this area a handful of times, but we’ve never actually stopped. So it was great to relax at the park and take in the beauty of the area.

Bruce’s Third Birthday

We always do something special for Bruce’s birthday, because, duh: he’s our baby. His big day is July 3rd, so we always do something with the family around. This year it was so adorable I actually wrote a whole post about him and his watermelon cake, which you can find here. But seriously, how adorable is Bruce on the Fourth of July?!

Playing with Long Exposure

Dylan’s cousin has gotten really into photography since she started taking photography classes in college. Since a) she rocks with her camera and b) fireworks are legal in Bridgeport, we decided to do some playing around with sparklers and long exposure photography.

We seriously had so much fun running around with the sparklers and testing her camera settings to get the photos we were hoping for. I had seen similar photos on Pinterest and I wanted to recreate them. I am happy to say this was not a Pinterest fail and the photos turned out so cool! Have you ever played with long exposure?

Celebrating the Fourth of July

So the Fourth of July sort of landed on a funny day in 2017. Because it was on a Tuesday, most people in our family had to head back home before the firework festivities. We didn’t actually end up staying for the fireworks that Bridgeport has, but we still enjoyed the morning with the family.

I love family traditions, I love family photos, and I love getting together with my husband’s family, or officially now, our family. I also love that my blog acts like a scrapbook for our family travels and get-togethers. BTW, I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, so some of the links in this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Nice, right? Keep in mind that I link to Amazon and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases.

To see what else we do when we explore California, check out my other posts.

Bridgeport, CA

Distance: 118 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours & 13 minutes

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