I’ve spent the past week in California, running around to see as much as possible in a short amount of time. It’s been a great trip!
Here’s a quick and dirty play-by-play. I started in Sequoia & King’s Canyon National Park.
If you want to feel really small, plant yourself in the Giant Forest.
From there, I crashed in Fresno and headed to Yosemite National Park early the next morning.
The photo above does not do justice to this view. It was my first stop in the park and I could’ve spent hours just sitting there amazed. I’ve been fortunate to see a lot of really awesome places, but this overlook is likely the single most impressive view I’ve ever had. Simply breathtaking.
This angle/view wasn’t so bad either!
It snowed in the park a few days before I visited so the waterfalls were flowing!
I did not have enough time in Yosemite. There were several sites and trails I missed, so it’s definitely on my “visit again” list. From Yosemite, I headed toward San Francisco. I arrived early that evening and had a few hours to explore before meeting up with a friend for dinner. San Francisco is a crazy, cool city.
I spent half the next day exploring a lighthouse and some of the coast around the city. I slowly made my way to Monterey where I watched the sunset while perched upon some rocks as waves crashed in.
The last day of driving was spent along the Pacific Coast Highway – from Monterey to my sister’s play in Los Angeles. It was a little foggy for part of the drive, but there were some incredible views along the way.
Finally, I settled in for a few days with the sister, bro-in-law, and nephew. All-in-all, I am so glad I decided to spend some time traveling solo. It was good to see a friend after two long days with only a bunch of strangers and then to end the trip with my super fun nephew.