California Road Trip… Part 1

When we found out we were leaving California for a bit, we decided it might finally be time to take a road trip up the coast. We have been talking about it for years, but always put it off for the next Summer. As the clock started ticking, we felt it was something we just couldn't leave with out doing. 

We decided to stop in Sequoia, Yosemite, Healdsburg (Sonoma), and Monterey. 

So, while we have gone a week without wifi, we have been so blessed to see some of the most amazing things this state has to offer. I think the most amazing part of this trip has been realizing just how much is in California. We felt like we were in different countries sometimes. And the idea that you can drive on the water and then through a forest within hours, and even sometimes minutes, is just out of this world. I wish everyone I know could do this trip. 

My amazing friend, Jazzi, was nice enough to gift me with a badass camera before I left. Unfortunately, I don't really know exactly how to use it to it's potential, BUT it was so fun to play with. And it allowed me to take 500 photos in the last 7 days, not counting all the iPhone photos we took. 

I'd like to say "Oh, this or that was my favorite part", but I honestly couldn't pick just one thing. 

In Sequoia, we saw bear cubs just feet away from us. AND we woke up to the most beautiful trees covered in snow! (As a Florida kid, this was a pretty big deal.) We wandered through the worlds biggest trees, and hiked up Moro Rock, where we literally couldn't see 4 feet in front of us! It was so foggy!! It was stunning, freezing, terrifying, and absolutely breath taking. Living in LA, it's easy to forget how just amazing nature is. 

We then headed to Yosemite, which is more developed with tours and multiple hotels. Here, our tour guide Bill took us around to sites so unreal that we actually look like we photoshopped ourselves into some of these photos. The rocks, rivers, waterfalls, and trees blew my mind. AND THEN… after visiting Yosemite Falls, I walked around the trail corner only to see a FAMILY OF DEER eating together!! I made J stay for 15 minutes and watch in silence until some human family scared them off. Rude. It was probably the coolest thing I had ever seen. 

There are just too many photos to share in one post, so here is my first batch from our first 2 stops…