As I write this post, I’m sitting in a cabin that aligns with the tree tops during a treacherous rainstorm in Yosemite, California. So far, this trip with my fiancé has been an extreme adventure. We started out in Santa Clarita and stayed in a luxurious apartment.  Seeing the LA sights was a lot of fun, but we were excited to head north into the mountains.

 

On our way to Yosemite National Park we encountered amazing sights of farmland with a breathtaking backdrop of snowy mountain tops, and quaint towns that peter out as the mountains become closer and civilization strays farther behind.

Snow and rain was the only weather we got in the mountains, which was exactly what we wanted. Keeping the fireplace going was key to our cozy cabin, and was ideal for updating my website.

 

Each day, we’re navigating the flooding waterfalls to get into the small village for groceries, without sliding off the road over a cliff at an altitude of 6,000 ft.

 

Tea and toast was my daily breakfast essential as I sat outside and watched the morning storms roll in over the trees.

 

Wildlife was everywhere, our first encounter was with a huge mule deer lazily walking right down the road we were driving on. We stopped to take photos but he gracefully disappeared down a cliff that looked like a death wish for most.

 

On our last full day, we went to the lookout for the face of El Captain, and a lovely view of Bridalveil Falls.  It was the only time we could see the full view, as the mist was so fierce the days before all you could see was white.  The waterfall was flowing hard from the weather, and it was an amazing sight to see.

 

On our way back to the cabin, this was our beautiful sunset.

Our last day in California was spent driving back to the airport, however, we took a slight detour to hit Sequoia National Park.  Redwoods were high up on our list of things we wanted to see out in Cali, so we took the opportunity to head into the park to see the biggest living organism on the planet.

Little did we know, the huge sequoias only grow at 6,000 ft, so we drove an hour up the side of a mountain on a tiny road that weaved from side to side like U turns back to back.  It was totally worth the ride, and seeing and touching the trees was unbelievably cool.

 

It was an amazing time out in California, and I’m sure we’ll be back again soon.