Grandiose California

The dictionary defines the word “grandiose” as follows: “Grand in an imposing or impressive way.” A perfect description for many of our California adventures and experiences. And here’s why…

Los Angeles was grandiose because of the shear size of this city – and the overwhelming traffic. Disneyland was grandiose, just for what it is: It’s huge, immaculate and a lot of fun. The Central Valley earns the grandiose status because of the enormous orchards and dairy farms (aka mass production). The sequoia trees are the world’s largest single trees and largest living thing by volume – there’s the grandioseness again. Kings Canyon National Park impressed with some beautiful nature. And Yosemite blessed us with multiple breathtaking views, epic hikes, exciting wildlife and wonderful fellow campers. Glass Beach on the coast of Northern California was abundant with colourful sea glass, while Agate Beach was covered in semi-precious stones. And last but not least, some more giant trees: The Redwoods.

Needless to say that our roadtrip through California was nothing short of  “grandiose”.

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Don’t let that fool you,she loved it!

Sequoia National Park

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Tunnel Rock.

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Sophie inside a fallen tree.
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View from Moro Rock.

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Sunset on Beattle Rock.

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Kings Canyon National Park

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Yosemite National Park

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The famous view from Tunnel View Point.
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Lush green trees on the walk to Mirror Lake.
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A real bear!!!
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Vernall Falls
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Getting soaked in the spray!

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From the top of Nelson Falls.
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Cheeky squirrels everywhere.
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The bobcat staring John out. (Yosemite NP)
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Yosemite Falls

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John’s early morning solo hike to Eagle Point.
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Half Dome

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Stunning light.

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The lovely Hyltons – and us.
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The girls being sworn in as Junior Rangers.
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After the fire.

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While having dinner.
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Welcome to the West Coast! Agate beach.
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Pretty wild flowers everywhere.. and some deer.
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A group of elks on the side of the road.
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Life in a campervan.

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Avenue of the Giants

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What’s next?

Some of our highlights:

Sequoia National Park

  • Looking up at and hugging the majestic Sequoia trees on our favourite trail: Big Trees Trail.
  • John’s first encounter with a black bear.
  • Watching the sun go down from Beattle Rock.

Kings Canyon National Park

  • Taking in the impressive views while driving into the canyon.
  • Strolling around the lush green Zumstein meadow.
  • Chilling out on the campground (Sentinel campground), cooking dinner on our campfire while wild deer came to visit.

Yosemite National Park

  • The first glimpse of the Yosemite Valley from the Tunnel View Point – wow!
  • Queuing for a site on one of the fully-booked NP campgrounds. Quite the spectacle!
  • Camping in the woods.
  • Making new friends. So happy we met you, Sarah, Sean, Ethan, Porter, Monica, Jason, Harley and Ivy.
  • Getting soaked on the Vernal Falls trail.
  • John’s early morning solo hike to the Eagle Point.
  • We all got to meet several black bears. And John a bobcat. So cool.

And…

  • A 15-hour-marathon-Disneyland-session.
  • The big trees on the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park: We enjoyed the hikes on Founders Grove Loop Trail and Big Trees Loop Trail (Rockefeller Redwood Forest) a lot.
  • Looking for semi-precious stones on Agate Beach – and collecting the prettiest ones, of course.
  • The idyllic campgrounds in the National and State Parks we visited.
  • Max, the camper van.

3 thoughts on “Grandiose California

  1. At long last, you are now on familiar territory!
    And more fantastic pictures. You would not have got me on the edge of those rocks where J is looking over the valleys!
    Surprised you saw bears and even more surprised you saw a bobcat – surely quite a rare thing?
    Yosemite never fails to look majestic, even with the millions of tourists visiting each year.
    And the Redwoods are majestic too, grandiose even (!), considering they are living and have done for many, many, many years.

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