here was sunrise on the drive to the Grand Canyon. man i love sunrises and this one was spectacular. we took turns reading 10% Happier while the other was driving as sun was rising. I was not prepared for this sunrise, but not as much as i was not prepared for the Grand Canyon. 

hooover dam! was the next stop on our road trip. 

it was hot as potatoes while we visited the hoover dam. my favorite part of it was how you can see where the water used to be on the cliffs around it. look at that waterline! its so exact and perfect. i saw a photo set on tumblr recently about how much the water has gone down in the past several years and its fascinating and weird. also it’s a huge dam. i wasn’t really prepared for that. i stood in two different time zones at once. it was a good day. 

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."