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Exploring Northern California

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Exploring Northern California

Every Summer my partner Ian and I take a trip together. He is a full time high school science teacher, so summers are our adventure refuge. We spend pretty much every day either outside enjoying the woods around Asheville, N.C. or exploring somewhere new. This past summer we decided to head all the way across the country and explore Northern California.
One of the main reasons we booked a trip to California was to visit Yosemite National Park, but unfortunately our campsite reservations (that were very difficult to get) were cancelled at the beginning of our trip due to the wildfires that shut down the entire park this past summer. Therefore, we didn’t get to Yosemite at all, but we made the best of it and explored even more of the coast.
Here’s a little look at our journey:

First Stop: Fly into San Francisco & explore a bit of city life

San Francisco
San Francisco
We had fun, used CityPASS (which I highly suggest), but aren’t city people at heart. So, we were excited to get on the road and head out into nature!

We had fun, used CityPASS (which I highly suggest), but aren’t city people at heart. So, we were excited to get on the road and head out into nature!

Headed North on Highway 1 to Mendocino

(don’t drive this if you get carsick ya’ll - I’m grateful that we don’t but it was a beautiful doozy even for a mountain girl)

(don’t drive this if you get carsick ya’ll - I’m grateful that we don’t but it was a beautiful doozy even for a mountain girl)

Muir Beach

Muir Beach

Muir Beach
lots of picnics

lots of picnics

a very rare for us luxury camping experience

a very rare for us luxury camping experience

I traded a few nights stay for a video with Mendocino Grove, and I’m so glad we did! It was such a cute little spot with all the right amenities to make a super comfy camping experience. We knew we had to enjoy this as much as possible before we slept on the ground for the next week.

one of my favorite photos of us!

one of my favorite photos of us!

Glass Beach

Glass Beach

Glass Beach is made up mainly of seaglass pebbles

Glass Beach is made up mainly of seaglass pebbles

searching for the rare blue ones!

searching for the rare blue ones!

weather on the coast varies so much! One day it’s freezing and the next it’s warm enough to be in a bathing suit.

weather on the coast varies so much! One day it’s freezing and the next it’s warm enough to be in a bathing suit.

The Redwoods

On a short walk from our Campground

On a short walk from our Campground

forever looking up in this place

forever looking up in this place

Camping at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (loved this campground so much! This little tent was home for most of the trip.

Camping at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (loved this campground so much! This little tent was home for most of the trip.

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Fern canyon is insane! One of my favorite places to have visited. We hiked 16 miles roundtrip to get to this spot even though you can drive there. I wanted to earn the beauty!

Fern canyon is insane! One of my favorite places to have visited. We hiked 16 miles roundtrip to get to this spot even though you can drive there. I wanted to earn the beauty!

Downieville

Downieville is a tiny little historical town, but it is known for it’s mountain biking trail - and that’s why we went!

Downieville is a tiny little historical town, but it is known for it’s mountain biking trail - and that’s why we went!

16 miles of very technical downhill terrain. I was exhausted but so glad I attempted it and made it down unscathed.

16 miles of very technical downhill terrain. I was exhausted but so glad I attempted it and made it down unscathed.

spent the evening at the clearest river I’ve ever seen!

spent the evening at the clearest river I’ve ever seen!

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Truckee + Lake Tahoe

Scored ourselves a private dock around the lake near Truckee - we really loved this spot.

Scored ourselves a private dock around the lake near Truckee - we really loved this spot.

Camping at a campground around Lake Tahoe’s perimeter.

Camping at a campground around Lake Tahoe’s perimeter.

All the trails and beaches in Tahoe are busy in the summer, but I’m glad we did at least one hike - these are from Cascade Falls Trail

All the trails and beaches in Tahoe are busy in the summer, but I’m glad we did at least one hike - these are from Cascade Falls Trail

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VERY HOT! Therefore always dunking our heads in water to cool off.

VERY HOT! Therefore always dunking our heads in water to cool off.

Carmel & Big Sur

Because we couldn’t go to Yosemite, we headed to Carmel and Big Sur instead and enjoyed some luxury

Because we couldn’t go to Yosemite, we headed to Carmel and Big Sur instead and enjoyed some luxury

kicked Ian’s booty at a new game

kicked Ian’s booty at a new game

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saw the most colorful landscape I’ve ever seen.

saw the most colorful landscape I’ve ever seen.

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We learned a lot, had a good few frustrating moments, but also had many beautiful, and incredibly redeeming moments.

Later this year I will be visiting the Redwoods further up north to film an Intimate Wedding, and I can’t wait to go back to those ancient trees.

If you have any questions about our trip - leave them in the comments!

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