My friend Peter and I spent a week road tripping around California. From his home in Laguna Beach, we drove 8 hours to Carson City, NV, where we hiked, played board games, ate far too many berries at the farmers’ market, and took a day trip to Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is an incredible spot that I hadn’t been to, and it was definitely worth the trip.
From Tahoe we continued on to Yosemite, through fog covered mountains in the snow and rain, my hands perpetually held over the heating vents to keep warm, while peter stuck his head out the window like an excited puppy, trying to catch snowflakes in his mouth.
For someone who has spent the last 18 months in a tropical climate, this was a bit of an adjustment. And required me to be dressed…excessively.
But once I had adjusted to the unbearable weather a bit, we took to exploring the park. Yosemite is incredible, but the sheer size of it meant we were only going to get to explore a tiny part during our visit. We made the mistake of going on a Sunday afternoon in June, and it was packed.
After sitting in traffic (traffic in a National Park? Apparently so!) we found our way to Yosemite Village, and began exploring from there. Though the air was chilly and the ground was damp, the scenery was beautiful. We spent a couple of hours hiking and exploring and taking in the sights. And after a day immersed in the sheer grandeur of nature, I felt my soul revived. City livin is great, but it hardly compares to crisp air and mountain views.
Being back in the States has been chaotic, but it has been wonderful. I spent so long exploring all the sights of Southeast Asia, but it’s a refreshing change to be exploring so many beautiful places in my own country again.
I’m in Seattle now, where I’ll be staying for the next month or so, catching up with the friends who became family here just a couple of years ago. If you’re in the area and want to meet up, just let me know!