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

7 Ways To Do Napa Valley On A Budget

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Napa Valley is notoriously expensive and being on an around the world trip every penny counts. We managed to do two days in Napa spending $155. Here’s how we did it: read more