i wish there was something i could write here that describes how excited i was and how awe-struck i was and how incredible this whole experience was. but i don’t think the right words even exist. 

all i know is that my heart and soul felt so happy in this place. 

i finally got to see the giant sequoias. i felt so small and so so happy to be surrounded by the most beautiful trees. the best moments wandering with giants. 

i finally got to see the giant sequoias. i felt so small and so so happy to be surrounded by the most beautiful trees. the best moments wandering with giants. 

Second day in LA, Eric took us to Griffith observatory which was pretty awesome. there was a view of the whole city and the hollywood sign, and the mountains and the moon and we got to watch sunset from there which was more than ideal. eric brought his cool camera and steve and i ran and danced around while he took videos of us. it was silly and so much fun. all the tourists stopped and stared at us. ^_^ if you look closely in that last picture of Steve in the sunset you can see the hollywood sign behind him. 

LA was really cool. Eric was the coolest for hosting us and showing us cool stuff! 

After we drove the coast on highway one, we stayed in a little hotel and got into LA the next morning!  Hollywood was our first stop where we wandered around for a bit and saw the sidewalk stars and touristy stuff and then we got the MOST DELICIOUS CREPES LIKE WOW. they were nutella and strawberry and wow it was so good. then from there we drove Sunset Blvd and found this cool mansion type place where they had a koi pond and i played with the fish and tried to get the turtles to swim towards me. after that we met up with Eric to meet his cool friends and he was super nice and let us crash with him for a few days! we got to hang out with his friends and we saw fireworks off Santa Monica (i think thats what it was called?) pier in LA on fourth of july. it was pretty awesome. fireworks over the water looked neater than most fireworks. 

WHAT EVEN IS CALIFORNIA.

we drove highway 1. I made friends with those chubby sea lion things that smelled funny and barked a lot and it made me giggle. we got to big sur and had the best picnic ever on the cliffs. we climbed down the cliffs and up the cliffs and found some cool shells and watched the ocean. we saw the bixby canyon bridge which was very pretty. we rock climbed down about halfway down to the beach under the bridge before realizing it was going to be super hard to climb back up. next time we will climb all the way.  we went to big sur park where we saw some redwoods and i liked looking up at how tall they were. we drove to Lucia and drank some coffee with an incredible view. we drove up to a monastery on the top of a mountain hill thing and saw highway one from above. steve took some (understatement of the century) pictures. i took some (also an understatement) pictures. we had the best drive. one of my all time favorite days. we saw sunset at a little beach and steve chased some seagulls and i ate some peanut butter from the jar and got to see the sun set over the ocean for the first time ever in my life. it was more beautiful than i could’ve even imagined. i was the happiest camper. 

we drove the coast from San Francisco to LA on highway one. we stopped to see the “Moon Tree” in Monterey!! how cool is this tree that’s been to THE MOON and back. :D
"This ‘Moon Tree’ is a coast redwood grown from a seed that in January 1971 was carried to the moon and brought back to earth by Major Stuart Roosa, command module pilot for Apollo 14."

we drove the coast from San Francisco to LA on highway one. we stopped to see the “Moon Tree” in Monterey!! how cool is this tree that’s been to THE MOON and back. :D

"This ‘Moon Tree’ is a coast redwood grown from a seed that in January 1971 was carried to the moon and brought back to earth by Major Stuart Roosa, command module pilot for Apollo 14."

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.