After our time in the forest we did a total flip and found ourselves in the middle of the Las Vegas Strip. We were originally planning on camping just outside cegas but decided it would be a bad idea considering the heat and the fact that we needed showers.
Yosemite National Park.
It’s hard to gather my thoughts about such a vast and majestic wilderness. Standing among mountains that reach the stars and trees that touch the clouds just gives you a feeling. Not too many thoughts while standing there at first. Just…feelings?
We’re taking on water. I repeat. The tent has flooded. Abandon all ships.
Bri hit the curb trying to pull into the parking lot at KFC. She had two options. Hitting the curb or driving In the enterence literally 2 feet away. Guess which path she chose.
Yosemite National Park is hands down the most breathtaking, beautiful place I have ever seen. There is no feeling quite so exhilarating as standing 6,000 feet above sea level, on the edge of the second 700+ ft waterfall that you spent a good 3 hours scaling.
After our 6 hour hike, we found our way up to Glacier Point to watch the sunset over Half Dome.
I wish I could describe it better, or even at all. For me, as we drove out of the park, it felt like I was leaving behind a piece of myself. There is something about that place that felt like home.
I will be back, Yosemite 🙂
Alrighty! So to continue our story where Matt left off, after hanging around the glass beach for a bit, we hopped back in the car and eventually made it to San Francisco.
We spent the day exploring the wharf area, taking in the sights and smells of the good ole’ Pacific.
Man, it was cold by the bay!! We didn’t get to see any sea lions (sad face) but we did see this dude-
Sweet tricks bro 🙂 We ended up down by some old battleships and submarines (maaaayyybee from WWII? Don’t quote me on that. Maybe from Jimmy Johns? Hehehe) and got a nice view of Alcatraz. No way would I ever want to be in prison there. Ok, no way would I want to be in prison anywhere, but after reading some accounts of the people who were inmates, it doesn’t sound like Alcatraz was a boatload of fun. Interesting fact- the people who worked at the penitentiary actually lived on the island with their families. The children of Alcatraz would ride a ferry to school in San Fran everyday. Crazy town!
We also ended up running into seriously the BEST street performers ever. They were a brother and sister from England, and husband of the sister (who was American) and were all studying at the acrobatic institute somewhere in the Bay Area. They were hilarious! Pictures to come 🙂
We escaped the chilly wharf for a bit when we trekked up the giant hill to Lombard Street to watch all of the cars wind back down the giant hill. We have driven down some windy roads in the last week and a half, but this one takes the cake. (Sorry, I don’t have pictures on my phone. We will put some up soon!)
Our day ended with a delicious meal at the Crab House at Pier 39. Yumm yummmm these guys were tasty!!
Bye for now!
After leaving the redwoods in northern California (frown) we headed down the coast to San Francisco. We drove down the coast of California (literally ON the coast) via Route 1 which hands down has to be one of the most beautiful drives in the world. Driving along windy roads carved out of the cliff sides as the ocean crashes onto the rocky shores and beaches below is kiiiinda breathtaking. Especially when you spot whales while sitting along the roadside with your feet dangled over a cliff.
1. Hiking through the redwood forest.
2. Sleeping in a tent at the feet of GIANT trees on a mountain.
3. Sitting around a campfire.
4. Trying to stay warm through the night but waking up woth numb feet.
After another extended period in the car (20ish hours?) we landed at the Mill Creek Campground in the Redwood National Forest. Let me tell you, it was worth the drive.
Yesterday we left Colorado and had an amazing drive through the Rockeys to Arches National Park in Utah. After a short 7 or ao hours in thr car we arrived and found an awesome place to pitch our tent in a canyon 15ft from the Colorado river.