Sunday, July 26, 2015

ROAD TRIP • Crescent Meadow













Road Trip Day 1, Part III
Friday, July 8th 

After going to Moro Rock, we ended up going to the meadow. It was probably my favorite thing in the sequoia park. The meadow was basically like in Bambi, so it was pretty awesome. We also saw 2 baby bears which was cool, but a tad scary because we didn't see momma bear and we didn't want to die lol.

We also saw chipmunks, squirrels, and woodpeckers. Lots of cute wild animals.

The trail was, I believe 2 miles, and it was in a loop so it was pretty straightforward. The forest and the meadow was beautiful, I loved seeing the giant sequoias in the forest with all the green.

The trail ended up taking longer than we thought so we weren't able to see General Sherman, but we saw the tunnel tree which was pretty awesome.

Afterwards we headed back to the main area of the park and headed to our airbnb place since she was making dinner for us and we were starving. Also, because we wanted to leave before it got dark.

So we headed back onto the road to our first bed and breakfast!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Enter the workforce.

I've been MIA for a bit, mostly because I just starting working full-time so my life revolves around work. Which is actually pretty good news, lol.

I've been meeting some cool colleagues, and though the work is challenging at times, I enjoy the environment for the most part. But, I have been tired and lazy to update my blog.

I also caught up with some Japan friends, aka Jenn. It was very nice, and it's nice to see our lives moving forward. Still aiming for Japan next year, so happy I finally got a full-time job!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

ROAD TRIP • Friendly Giants & Slabs of Granite













Road Trip Day 1, Part II

As we got closer to the Sequoia, we passed more creeks, rivers, and the terrain gradually started to become more green. There were several small towns and the names of the rivers began to sound more Native American. 

We also crossed several historical bridges, which me and my sister were really interested. Majority of them were built in the 1920s-1930s. We got off at Pumpkin Hollow Bridge which was built in 1922 above the Kawear River.

Soon after, we reached the Sequoia National Park. The higher we went, the greener it got. It was so beautiful. The scenery was exactly what I had imagined and it looked a lot like what I reblog on Tumblr.

There were several things we wanted to do, but since the traffic set us back a bit we had to take some stuff our list. The caves was the main attraction we decided to remove since it cost money and was a much longer/complicated process.

My sister and I ate lunch and then headed out to take the shuttle to take us around the Sequoias, the first stop was Moro Rock.

Moro Rock is huge and mostly made of granite, you could see it from the entrance of the park at a whoppin' 6,725 feet above sea level. 

We climbed to the top, and the view was nice! I freaked out a tad when there was little to no rail and some parts but for the most part, it didn't feel as high as it looked and the hike up was not as bad as it looked. Of course, the stairs helped.

The weather was suppose to be cloudy with a high chance of thunderstorms, let's just say I'm glad it wasn't.

Friday, July 10, 2015

ROAD TRIP • Slick Rock, Three Rivers

 







Road Trip Day 1, Part I

Wednesday morning me and my little sister left Rancho and headed to Northern California. Day one was going to be the Sequoia National Park/Forest. Google maps said it was going to be 4 hours, but alas, with traffic it ended up being around 7 hours.

The Sequoia is in central eastern side of California (but Southern Californians tend to refer it as NorCal still), so on the way it was valleys, valleys, and more valleys. Not much different from my hometown, just drier. However, on the way we saw a small lake in between the valleys and decided to just stop there and check it out.

It was called Slick Rock in the small town of Three Rivers. It was so pretty, even though it was in a valley it was one of the prettiest lakes I've ever been to. The water was crystal clear so you could see to the very bottom of the floor.

It was also nice because there was little to no people since it was earlier in the day. If we were planning to stay at Sequoia for longer than a day I definitely would have wanted to spend the a good chunk of the day here.

I can't stop raving about how beautiful it was and I would love to go back again to make the most of it.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

On top of the world.





For the first time in forever, I went hiking. This hiking trail is one of the few reasons I like my hometown, because it's a 10 minute walk from my place and it only takes about 2 hours to go to the top of the hill or you can go another 2 hours and go to the creek.

My older sister's never been to the top, so we decided to go to the top instead of to the creek. I would always go with my younger sister and my German Shepherd, Red. I never noticed how bright the colors are during the summer. It was a cloudy, humid day but the hike was fun.

I definitely was out of shape and had to take breaks that I didn't before. So I decided I'm going to keep hiking this trail until I'm back to how I used to be or better.

One of my favorite things about California is the scenery, I definitely missed it when I was in Japan.