Yosemite

Vernal Falls1

Hi all! You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t posted in a little while, well I went on a vacation to one of the most beautiful places this time of year — Yosemite National Park :)  The waterfalls were in full-swing and we didn’t miss a single one!  I think we hiked about 20 miles in two days, and even through some snow!!  We got rain, sun, and really chilly and the scenery never got old…

Tunnel Road - Half Dome

Tunnel View

Yosemite Falls

Falls

Creek

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Mirror Lake

Cut Trunks

Rapids

Rapids+View

View with Clouds

Hiking Up

River Hike

Welcome Sun

Fungus

Snow Melt

Tree View

Snow!

More SnowMountain View

Trail View

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Vernal Falls from Above

Nevada Falls

Sunrise over the ValleyYou can definitely tell from the pictures which days were sunny and which were cloudy :) Hope you enjoyed some of the snapshots from my trip! I have some very exciting news to share later this week…!

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Plaskett in Snapshots

{Panorama from the lookout}

{Some pre-camping quick lasagna assembly}

{On the road}

{Plaskett Creek campground}

{The ocean view from my sleeping spot}

{Stairs to Sand Dollar}

{Sand Dollar Beach}

{Shadows as the sun goes down}

{Chilly, beautiful walk}

{Polite signage}

{Sunset with the Birds}

{Panorama from the beach}

We had such a wonderful time! The weather was beautiful – we even got hot on Sunday down at the beach :)

SD to PV by Boat

{My attempt to illustrate our voyage from San Diego to Puerto Vallarta, w/ a stop in Cabos}

This trip was definitely one for the books. I’m so glad I decided to forgo a job offer and take a chance with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We were on the 56′ catamaran for about a week, and it was so fun and different from anything I’ve ever done.

We went more than two days without seeing any land on the horizon and I really felt like we were out in the middle of the ocean. The water was the clearest-bluest-blue you could imagine at 2,500′ deep. Just on our very first day we saw seals, huge pods of dolphins (including albino dolphins!) and three killer whales. In fact, every day we were at sea dolphins came to play at the bow of the boat.  Later in our journey we even saw sharks! (insert ‘Jaws’ music here) The first four days were total bliss, the weather was gorgeous (HOT!), the water just got warmer as we went south, and we stopped to jump in and fish whenever we got the chance. The stars at night were breathtaking, especially before moonrise. The sky looked like an intricate tapestry of glowing lights suspended above us.

After we got to Cabos, the weather started to get a little sketchy. We had checked the forecast online and knew that we’d be going through a couple of tropical storms. The ocean got really rough and most of us started to feel a little sea-sick. The good news is that we made it through (I didn’t even puke! haha) two full nights of rocking and waves banging and slamming the boat; it felt like we had Godzilla chained up below us and he was trying to escape… no joke. After that we all felt super grateful for our calm and sunny first few days ;)

{Dinner :) and lunch..}

{Forrest climbing up to the mast}

{And hanging from the bow}

{So much fun!!}

{Birthday breakfast-in-bed :) crepes w/ nutella and jam hehe}

{Birthday visitors… Dolphins!}

{I know I look like a total dork in this picture (so you’re finally seeing my true colors ;)) but it was necessary to show how massive this dorado was! It was a team effort to catch… Me, Forrest and Pancho! Wohoo!!}

{Such a cool shot! Perfect timing, huh?}

{Coming up on Cabo}

{The famous arch of Los Cabos}

{Happy to be on land}

{Deliciousness at Bichos in Sayulita}

{Tubing session, we had 6 people on that thing at once and it still kicked our ass}

What was the highlight of my trip you ask? I rode a sea-turtle! No, really, I literally rode a wild sea-turtle in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

Thanks for letting me share my trip with you! I’ll be back to regular posting frequency now :)