the cutest! San Francisco! 

We ate breakfast at the cutest little place called Mama’s! 

It was adorable and perfect and the food was to die for. Before we got breakfast we went to Coit Tower and checked out the views of Alcatraz and of San Francisco! After breakfast we headed to the pier where we saw THE MOST ADORABLE SEA LION who was showing off for the tourists and sunbathing on a dock. hehe :3 it was too cute for words. After the pier we drove over the Golden Gate bridge and headed over to the overlook to get some cool photos of it. It was super windy and chilly but SO fun and the most intense view. One of my distinct memories from the overlook was me running around trying to stay warm and hugging Steve to steal his warmth. We were both laughing a ton and making jokes and it was the greatest time. We went from there to have dinner with Steve’s friend from high school, Louise! Who was super sweet and we got to talk with her for awhile! She is so lovely and wonderful.

Perfect day in San Francisco. 

here’s day two in Yosemite!

We woke up and got breakfast at our hotel which was adorable. :3 it was like a little cottage of our own with our own little door and fence and it was super cute and the bed was SO comfy. anyways! after breakfast we headed to the visitors center in Yosemite Valley where we looked around and learned about the history of Yosemite. We saw a short film about it which was phenomenal. From there we headed to a hike to Yosemite falls which was so fun! I played in the water a little bit. it was super cold but really fun to watch the kids running around and making mud pies. :) It was really just a great time. I saw a dog sitting on a rock, too. which was cute as heck. we got to enjoy some time just listening to nature while we walked back from the falls. Yosemite is the most powerful yet incredibly peaceful place i’ve ever been. I’m not sure what about it felt so peaceful  but it was beautiful and calming i guess just being surrounded by giant cliffs of rock and beautiful waterfalls and scenery. even though there were a lot of people there, it still felt like the most peaceful place. 

Here’s the first sunset in Yosemite. The most beautiful valley with beautiful purple flowers surrounded by granite cliffs. The best part was the campfire smell that started after we were in area for a bit. It was incredible. And Steve set right where those flowers were, then suddenly a dear came out of no where and just stood around and ate while we watched sunset. 
I think Yosemite is the most peaceful place I’ve ever been. 

Here’s the first sunset in Yosemite. The most beautiful valley with beautiful purple flowers surrounded by granite cliffs. The best part was the campfire smell that started after we were in area for a bit. It was incredible. And Steve set right where those flowers were, then suddenly a dear came out of no where and just stood around and ate while we watched sunset. 

I think Yosemite is the most peaceful place I’ve ever been. 

we drove through Yosemite and got to see some of the coolest giant granite cliffs. I was exhausted but somehow we stopped a bunch of times just to see everything. There is soooo much to see in Yosemite. What a beautiful park. 

Steve drove all night and we switched when we got to Las Vegas on our way to Yosemite! It was my first time in Las Vegas ever, and it was oddly quiet at 5am. What a strange place though. Very odd (and warm). Sunrise was great and just driving through was probably enough Vegas for me for awhile. 

I LOVE CLOUDS SO THIS WAS THE COOLEST. We were driving from Arches to Canyonlands National Park for sunset and as we were driving it went from zero clouds to THESE BEAUTIES. So we had to stop and take SO many photos. We laid on that big rock and took pictures and laughed about silly derped panoramas and literally spent a good several minutes saying “OH MY GOSH THESE CLOUDS CAN YOU BELIEVE THESE CLOUDS I CANT EVEN WITH THESE CLOUDS THIS IS INCREDIBLE WOW WOW OH MAN WOW” (don’t remember what was actually said but i promise it was something close to that.) we did a few little dances around then headed back into the car and continued on to watch sunset! We actually decided to go to a little state park instead of Canyonlands and let me tell ya (in the next post) it was the best decision ever. :D  

AND HERE IS THE INCREDIBLE SUNSET WE SAW!!! the little state park was called Dead Horse State Park, which is incredibly morbid and strange, but probably the most beautiful sunset Ive ever experienced (which is saying something because I try to see as many sunsets as possible). AUGH. It was this GIANT canyon with the Colorado river visible at the bottom of it! I’d never really been around a big canyon like that before so it KIND OF blew my mind. I was in awe the entire experience. Steve was running around taking photos and recording a time-lapse! We met up every so often and would wave to each other. the overlook area that we were at was pretty small considering how big the canyon was. but wow. so many cool places to watch the best sunset ever.

After just driving through Arches for sunset the night before, we went back to explore and climb on some rocks the next day! SO we headed out and got breakfast at the Pancake Haus and then headed into Arches with lots of sunscreen. :P It was SO hot and climbing a lot made it even more tiring but we got to see some really neat arches and rock formations including Balancing Rock!

And Double Arch (the one above with two arches in one) and Park Avenue, which is the bottom two photos. :) It was SO HOT outside and we felt like we were melting all day long but it was one of the most rad experiences. Even just driving through, there were so many cool rock formations! :D 

After the Colorado National Monument, we went to Arches National Park just in time for sunset. Also that photo of my car with the sunset and the Window Arches behind it is one of my favorites. I need to start a series of photos of my car in scenic places. there have  been too many. :P Sunset was wonderful and gave us a good taste of what we were going to see tomorrow, spending all day in the park.