West Coast Wanderings (pt. I)
Back in August my family finally got the opportunity to take a roadtrip out west. We flew from O'hare to LAX, and once we got into CA it took three hours to leave the airport (no joke). We were all a little tired and hangry (it was already pretty late at night) and we just wanted to sleep. My dad especially. We stayed in this hotel a couple miles from the airport, and the next morning started our northward-trek towards Sequoia.
Before going straight there, we spent some time in Santa Monica & went out to the pier. Just like in the movies ya'll.
Right past here, there was this little walkway down towards the water & it was so so crowded with all of the people walking back and forth between the pier and the city.
Fun fact: the photo of my brother & sister on the ferris wheel almost got us kicked off. Whoops. (Also sorry to my father who actually DID have to get off...)
From there, we made our way on to Sequoia. Switchbacks traversed pretty much the entire road through, and you can bet my mother was not a fan of that, but the views were spectacular.
We stayed the night in a place called Oakhurst, about an hour outside of Yosemite & the next morning ventured into the park. By far, this was the best part of the trip. Also, me being the nerd that I am, I already owned 2 Yosemite tee-shirts before knowing that I was going to be able to go there in the flesh. I'd also been reading a book of Ansel Adams letters (which, for real, are so so interesting!), so I was already excited about that, beyond being the nature fairy that I am.
I'll just plop a few photos below here to keep this from being a ridiculously long post.