Yosemite National Park;

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Upper Yosemite Falls

One of the places we were both dying to go to was Yosemite National Park. We’ve both seen SO many pictures from this place but it’s all just so much more incredible in person. We spent a few days hiking and sitting by the fire at night.

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We camped at Hogdgon Meadows which is approximately 30 mins drive out of the valley but it was an amazing ride into the valley each day so no complaints in that regard.

Trying to find free camping spots on the National Park Service website was near impossible so when I finally found a campground, I booked it immediately. My suggestion would be, if you wanted to make the most of your hiking time, definitely book something within the valley.

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Mirror Lake

Another suggestion: research what hikes are available when you’re looking to go. I really wanted to do the Half Dome hike but we were there two weeks shy of that trail opening for the season. Massive bummer!

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The view from the top of Upper Yosemite Falls

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Tank top one minute; long sleeve and ski jacket the next!

We ended up doing the Upper Yosemite Falls hike which took us approximately 6 hours in total which includes stopping for lunch & a million photos along the way!

We also walked around Mirror Lake but made the walk SO much longer than we needed to by going off the trail and adding 2-3 hours that day. Haha, oops!

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Mirror Lake

In total, we were in Yosemite NP for two full days and two half days either side (three nights). Three full days would of been ideal but really, I could of spent a week here and still not have done everything.

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The Valley

Until next time Yosemite!

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Motorbike roadtrip through California;

Last month, I flew to San Francisco (via LA) and hopped on the back of a motorbike for one hell of an adventure. In the space of two weeks, we covered 3,000 km’s by bike and 106 km’s by foot. We rode from San Fran to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park and then LA via the 101 & 1. From LA, we went east via Angeles Crest Highway and then made our way to Vegas via Joshua Tree National Park and Salvation Mountain.

Here are some of my favourite pics from the road trip.

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The usual!

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Biking around San Fran – such a good way to see the city!

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The road to Lake Tahoe…when the forecast says snow, believe it!

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Lake Tahoe as perfect as ever!

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Exploring the woods near our campsite and we found this cabin!

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The highlight of our trip: Yosemite!

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The day we rode 515 km’s from Big Sur to LA. Look at Malibu though!

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Eight years since I was last in this exact spot ❤

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The view of LA from Griffith Observatory

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So stoked to have spotted this on the trip!

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Joshua Tree National Park

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Skull rock at Joshua Tree NP

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Salvation Mountain

 

Next up: full post about Yosemite!

 

 

 

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The Friday Letter;

My life isn’t very exciting at the moment, unless you want to hear all about property investment, property ownership and the technique to valuing property? Yeah, didn’t think so. Here’s my one letter for the week:

Dear SoCal (pictured above);

You kill me every time I think of you. From your beautiful coast line to your suburban streets. Even though I don’t want a McMansion, you make me feel like I do. I miss hanging out with the Irvine kids, going for drives along the coast, watching the sunrise from Malibu, driving through Beverly Hills, attending carnivals, sitting in the back of a ute as we drive through Yorba Linda, being accepted into any group I met.

If there’s anything that’s the key to my motivation at the moment, to work like a crazy woman and finish this degree as soon as possible, it’s you California. You’re never far from my wandering mind and you’re the last thing I think about every night.

I’ll be back soon, just let me get some things sorted out here.

It was love at first sight;

Thank you Pinterest once again for linking me to beautiful architecture & interior design.

The Carpinteria Foothills Residencelocated 10 miles east from Santa Barbara in California, is situated on a hill overlooking the coast line with open plan living that screams ‘perfection’ to me. You can read more about it HERE because there’s no way I could describe the house as well as Dave from The Contemporist so I’ll let the photos do the talking.

The entrance

The view from the other side

Hallway/ Gallery….those floorboards ❤

The library….check out that stone wall!

The living area

I would happily cook in a kitchen like that

And finally, the master bedroom

More photos of the residence can be found here. I can’t decide which part of the house I love more: the kitchen or the master bedroom, I’m a sucker for views (if that’s not already obvious?)

 Now excuse me while I daydream about one day being a part of such a beautiful house, whether it’s designing something like that or living in it (a girl can dream!)

xx

East Coast Lust

Here I go again, thinking about New York City. I just watched the last episode of Gossip Girl and I can’t help but think this show has sparked my desire to go to New York even more. It’s at the top of my list of places to go, I’m just waiting for M & T to set a date for their wedding in California so I can hit both cities in one trip. Because after flying to London, I’m not looking forward to another 24- hour flight!

For now, all I can do is save money & lists of places I want to visit in the U.S.

Mind is elsewhere

I miss the highways, the coffee shops, the late nights, the parks, the sunrises, the movie nights, the road trips, the adventure parks, the hills, the views, the mountains & the Californian lifestyle in general. The last time S was in Perth, I just got back from California, my first trip overseas by myself that wasn’t NZ. I didn’t choose another city within Australia, I chose a place 24 hours away where I only knew one person.

I’ve got a rough idea of when I want to go back but if only the day was sooner.