Days 13-14 – 27 & 28/7/2019 Relaxed with family. Tried “viking” food and beer. 28/7/2019 I took a few photos at the locks of flowers. Great and relaxing day. Tomorrow, on to Libby, Montana.
Day 11 – 26/7/2019 We broke camp and made it safely to Seattle. No major updates and only photos of our niece playing baseball.
Day 11- 25/7/2019 After packing up from our campsite, we headed to Carson City and then on to Reno. We hit the local Trader Joe’s for salad, breakfast food for a few days, and dressing. We managed to make it to Crater Lake National Park where we found that their communication ability is not good. The “information center” didn’t know if there was campsites at either camping locations. They also were kinda rude about it. We drove back and verified that the site was full, so wee only stopped for a few photos of the lake before wee took off to find a campsite outside the park.
We lucked onto a great site up Cinnamon Butte Look Out (road). The mosquitoes got bad as the sun set, but otherwise it was a nice setup.
Day 10 – 24/7/2019 We packed up the tent and headed to the General! General Sherman is the largest tree (not tallest, but physical size/volume). This tree grows more in girth a year than most trees have in size total.
It is an extremely impressive tree.
After that, we when to climb Moro Rock. The normal access was closed. We took the longer (3 mile round trip) route to the summit. The views were good, if muted by the smoke and humidity.
After that, we hopped back in the Honda and headed to free campsite near Tahoe.
Day 9- 23/7/2019 After a very late start to the road trip, we found that our free campsite was not to be had. It was down a gated private road. So… we motored into the National Park and got a site in the pay area. After setting up the tent and throwing the food into the food locker (damn you bears!), we hiked down to the big trees.
Day 8- 22/7/2019 We spent a day dealing with random things and getting ready for the next legs of our trip. I was trying to recover from a sore throat and little to no voice for the second day. We knocked out some shopping at REI, hung out i Balboa Park, and hit bar while our friend got her hair styled. We tried a new IPA- Goo Goo Muck from Fall Brewing. We ended the night introducing two groups of friends (Laura’s work friends and our mutual personal finance nerd friends) and enjoying Pho.
No photos from the day.
Day 7- 21/7/2019 We had dim sum and then tried wonton before wee went for a walk. We walked around the La Jolla and La Jolla beach for a few hours and enjoyed the marine creatures. At the end of the day, we stopped for beer and cheese at the old Naval Training Center which is now a foodie mecca. Stone Brewery has a nice setup there and we enjoyed “Fear. Movie. Lions.” IPA a lot.
Day 6- 20/7/2019 Hanging with friends in San Diego.
A fun chill day eating Mexican food, visiting 2 breweries (Bolt Brewing & Helix Brewing which has a nice IPA) and then the night at a different friend’s house.
19/7/2019- We got an early start to try and catch an early bus to the Angel’s Landing trailhead. The first bus was packed so we waited 30 minutes to catch the second. We hiked the 5.4 miles and ~1500 feet (mostly paved) quickly enough. There was a couple with a baby in a front-pack that was going only slightly slower than us. Who would have thought to bring a baby on a hike with big falls and some third-class sections?
The route was easy if you don’t have an issue with heights. The weather was nice too. We got in with an off duty trail crew that was able to fly through the chains and narrow sections, making the decent quick and low drama.
After the hike, we rode the bus to the lodge and hiked the Lower Emerald Falls. It is an easy hike filled with people.
With the hikes done, we checked the internet for car routes and decided to drive to near San Diego. The drive was more than 8 hours and the campsite we chose was not good. San Diego was overflowing with Cosplayers and conventioneers going to Comic-Con San Diego. We got one of the last 4-5 rooms in a hotel near our friend’s house and settled in to shower for the first time in days.
Day 4- Driving day. Lots of miles through Navajo country. Lots of stark landscapes and beautiful vistas. We found a free campsite right outside Zion’s east entrance and went into Zion to explore.