Category Archives: California

San Diego

We spent the first night in San Diego out on the town and ended up sleeping in the van in the street.  But after that, it was down to business. We had a long to-do list and wanted to get a few things sorted before heading on to Mexico.

So we checked Oscar in for some work at the mechanic and spent a few days running around town buying bits and pieces or sitting at a coffee shop on the internet.  We slept in the van right outside the mechanic’s for a few nights and then spent a few nights at a campground in town so we could spread out all our gear and get the van in order.

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Now, we’re all set. Next stop… MEXICO!!!

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Big Trees

This post is dedicated to the beautiful trees of California. Before heading to the Lost Coast, we drove through the Valley of the Giants to see the redwoods. These are the tallest trees in the world.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 27 Big Trees - 03

After Yosemite we drove to Sequoia National Park to check out the biggest tree of them all (well, in terms of volume)– the General Sherman Tree. It’s estimated to be between 2,300 and 2,700 years old. It’s pretty massive; however, we moved on quickly to avoid the crowds.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Instead we spent a few hours wandering around the forest getting lost and enjoying the beautiful light, until our hunger pains got the best of us.

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Yosemite

“Do we still have to go?” Becci groaned from the tent.

“Yeah, we better get moving if we want to make it in time.  Don’t worry it’ll be worth it.”  It was 4:30am and I was already outside, looking up at the stars as the moon sank behind the mountains.

From our campsite, I could see a couple of headlamps slowly climbing near the top of Half Dome… someone was awake a lot earlier than us.

The girls crawled out of the tent and after packing a bag with some water and a few snacks we were soon ready to hit the trail. It was still pitch black. But we knew we had to get going if we wanted to see the sunrise from the top.26 Yosemite - 05

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Just as we got to the top, the sun crested over the peaks of the Eastern Sierras… perfect timing.

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John Muir once wrote ”If I were so time-poor as to have only one day to spend in Yosemite I should start at daybreak”.  We had three days but his advice still rings true, nothing much beats a sunrise from the top.26 Yosemite - 08

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We packed up the tents and shouldered our heavy packs, we were ready for part two.  Another climb to the top of Cloud’s Rest, where we could look back over the Yosemite valley and the Half Dome hike that we had done on the morning, and another perfect spot to camp. 

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Here’s a few more pics from the trip.

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Day one. Hiking in under Cathedral Peak.

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Last minute change of campsite.

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View from the campsite. Well worth the effort.

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Sunset over Half Dome

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Mountain ladies

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The compulsory cold beer back at the van.