California Road Trip: Part II

Monday, July 7

Big Sur had been everything it promised to be and more, and it was with heavy hearts that we left the coast for the Sierra Nevadas and Sequoia, Kings Canyon & Yosemite National Parks. As we crossed the San Joaquin Valley, the cool sea breeze gave way to a stifling heat neither of us had felt before. Barren desert stretched to the horizon as the sun beat down her heavy rays, the sky a stark blue and the searing heat unrelenting. Four hours later we pulled into our campsite on the banks of Lake Kaweah, to find it riddled with rattlesnakes and slowly cooking at 45 degrees. We were as uncomfortable as we could be and had already had 2 snake encounters before the night drew in. Keeping our hair wet however, we managed to keep our bodies relatively cool and heat exhaustion kept us sleeping soundly until dawn.

The forested canopies of the mountains were such a welcome sight, as we drove into Sequoia National Forest. Trees predating the Roman Empire and standing 4 stories tall towered above us, as we explored this ancient forest. Perhaps the most beautiful and striking moments were standing at the edge of meadows - huge areas of wild grasses and plants; surrounded by the giant Sequoias and mountains, these were like something out of a fairytale. We saw three beautiful bears in this incredible landscape, and wondered how on earth a zoo could even begin to compare.

Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Yosemite revealed to us some of the most incredible landscapes we've ever seen, and we spent a week travelling through their wild interiors. We encountered a bear from 10 ft, we hiked through forests painted with wildflowers and of course, drove through a tree. Dramatic and mind blowing, it's hard to put into words the raw beauty of this small part of the world.


































Chesca x

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10 comments :

  1. Yosemite took my breath away, you always forget that America has these amazing landscapes. I couldn't quite get over the height of the Sequoia trees. The photo you have of the Valley with El Capitan & Half Dome, I turned mine into one of those canvas pictures and it hangs up in my living room :)

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    1. I know, I think breathtaking is the best word to describe it all. And that's such a good idea! Think I'm going to have to do that with one or two of our pictures :)

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  2. Amazing pictures! I am really jealous!

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    1. Thank you! It was an amazing trip x

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  3. Wow these photos are amazing! I am so jealous!

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  4. Gorgeous photos! I found your blog via your youtube channel as I'm always hunting for natural and organic beauty inspiration. Just out of curiosity, how did you find the konjac sponge for travel?

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    1. Thank you, ah that's always good to know! I found the konjac sponge absolutely fine, although I resorted to using my cleansing balm as it suits my skin better. The sponge was perfect for extra exfoliation though and worked just as good as at home x

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