One of the things I miss most about NYC is public transportation. Did I love the smelly trains, the bible preachers, and the inevitable delays? Absolutely not. But I loved the convenience, getting to read during my commute, and never having to worry about parking or traffic. As much as I lied to myself, I couldn’t get away with not buying a car in San Diego. But there is one major perk about owning a car in a place like California: ROAD TRIPS.
For my birthday, I was determined to make the 6-hour drive up to Yosemite National Park and hit up Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park on my way down. It was ambitious yes, but it was my birthday and I would spend countless hours in the car if I wanted to. Fortunately, my best friend, Sarah, flew out from Philadelphia to embark on this whirlwind of a road trip with me.
Armed with the best 90’s-themed playlist, chocolate coconut almonds from Trader Joes, and lots of coconut LaCroix, we set out for a quick four day National Park adventure. There aren’t many people who are up for my ambitious adventures, but Sarah makes the perfect travel companion.
I am already dreaming of a fall trip back up there to see those autumn colors.
Yosemite National Park
We stayed right outside of the park at Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort which gave off the best summer camp vibes. Waking up in a tent cabin to the smell of pine and sound of birds and crickets was my paradise.
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park
Sequoia trees are born from forest fires, facilitating the opening of the cones and release of the seeds, and they continue to depend on fires to clear the ground from competing plants. After a fire, Sequoia bark will grow around itself to heal the burned areas. Did I mention these trees can live up to 3,000 years old? In short, Sequoia trees are my favorite now and forever.