EXTREME HEAT DANGER – Death Valley National Park, California

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‘’How could rocks and sand and silence make us afraid and yet be so wonderful?’’ Edna Brush Perkins

What is Death Valley like you ask? What is there to do? 

Death Valley is a land of superlatives. It is the bottom of the continent, the furthest extent of heat and drought, and the outer edge of life

HOT – Death Valley is officially the hottest place on earth. It holds the worlds record for hottest air temperature, 134’F (57degrees)

DRY – Death Valley is the driest place in the United States. It gets that distinction by having the lowest average rainfall of any place in the country – less than two inches per year. Some years, there is no rain here at all.

LOW – Badwater Basin, in the heart of Death Valley, is 282 feet below sea level. It’s the lowest point in North America. read more

The Ultimate Eastern Sierra Road Trip

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The scenery we experienced on this Eastern Sierra Road Trip was totally unexpected. I hadn’t done any research so when it unfolded with each winding turn I was pleasantly surprised with out of this world views, strange and unusual sights and the brightest colour’s I have ever seen. The distance itself is not that long however all the stopping and starting takes up the time and boy there is a lot of beautiful sights to see. We took the whole day but you could easily take more.

Here are our highlights: read more

The Strangest Place On Earth, Mono Lake, California

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We stumbled upon Mono Lake after our trip to Yosemite National Park and I found myself absolutely in awe of the place. It had such an unusual beauty it drew me in and enveloped me in its spell.

When Mark Twain visited Mono Lake in the 1860s he called it a “lifeless, treeless, hideous desert… the loneliest place on earth.” Yes it probably lacks classic majestic beauty however many people failed to notice the extremely complex and productive ecosystem that Mono Lake has.

Here is my impression of this strange Californian wonder… read more

The 8 Greatest Hikes in Yosemite National Park, California

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Glacier Point

 ”Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer,  and give strength to the body and soul alike.” John Muir

Yosemite National Park, knows as ”The crown jewel of wild spaces” is probably the most beautiful National Park I’ve ever been to. Hiking in Yosemite National Park is the best way to see wildlife, magnificent scenery and escape the crowds. I was constantly in awe. It offers arguably the most scenic hiking in the country. The only challenge? Picking which trail to hike. With autumn in full swing, here are the 8 greatest hikes in Yosemite National Park, tried-and-true options which we loved! You will also find some information on accommodation in Yosemite National Park at the end of this post. Happy hiking!  read more

10 Things To Do In San Fransisco

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After wining and dining in Napa Valley for the weekend it was time to explore San Francisco. What a great city! San Fran is home to a little bit of everything for every kind of person from interesting museums to beautiful parks, huge landmarks and yummy food to indulge in, we could have spent a lot longer here. There is also a lot to do and we felt a bit overwhelmed at first so if you’re in the same boat here are our top Highlights and 10 things to do in San Francisco to help you out: read more