There is nothing more exhilarating than hopping in the car to head off on a adventure, whether for the day, the weekend, or longer with a favorite person. Leaving with extra time for the loose plans, intentional destinations, unexpected road stops, and a car full of snacks & shoes is my favorite way to go!
This past week I set off on an epic road trip with my amazing beau, who knows everything about the outdoors, camping, and driving. It was my first time camping as an adult too – and I can’t wait to go again!
We went from home in Long Beach, CA: inland & north to Yosemite – Lake Tahoe – Klamath Falls & Southern Oregon through the Redwoods out to the coast – then down the Northern California Coast through more Redwoods, Mendocino County, Sonoma County and into the Bay Area.
Nature was everywhere and since I am not the best with descriptive words – here is a quote that sums it up plus my favorite photos from my trip. I am already daydreaming of the next one!
Walk away quietly in any direction and taste the freedom of the mountaineer. Camp out among the grasses and gentians of glacial meadows, in craggy garden nooks full of nature’s darlings. Climb the mountains and get their good tidings, Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. As age comes on, one source of enjoyment after another is closed, but nature’s sources never fail.
-John Muir, 1901