American Road Trip – California Loop

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Last time I wrote, we were about to hit the road for California’s Yosemite and Sequoia National Parks bound for San Diego.

Now, we’ve been there and back again. What a trip!

As I try to sort through the memories and mementos of the ten jam-packed days we spent exploring, I’m overwhelmed by how much we did and with the prospect of breaking it all down to write about… but the only thing to do is begin, so here goes!

We drove through an incredible amount of California, from the north eastern edge full of spectacular mountains, to the giant forests in the center, down to its most southwestern city on the ocean, up to Hollywood and back, and then at the end of it all we drove the length of Nevada back to Boise (check out our route on RoadTrippers).

Yosemite/Sequoia/SanDiego | My new trip on!

Besides all the driving, we saw two of California’s most renowned National Parks, hit as many San Diego’s hot spots as possible, and filled our days so full we barely had time to rest or reflect.

The whole time, I didn’t write at all. I didn’t touch the notebook I brought. I never opened my laptop. Not one note or scribble. Nothin’.

I posted a few shots on Instagram, but besides that and a couple tweets, the trip was spent living, laughing, biking, eating and drinking, sauntering through the mountains on rock studded trails, gliding over a salty bay on a paddle board, building campfires in national parks and on the sand, lounging in a beach house between outings where the only movement was a ceiling fan gently stirring the humid sea air…

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It was a revitalizing break from how I’m trying to turn my adventurous life into work. Before I left, the writing and editing and posting and learning SEO and creating content and editing photos, it was starting to feel like work.

Even though I love it and want to get better at all this, staying disciplined and continually self motivated is hard, and sometimes it’s tedious and trudging and I want to quit and find a normal job instead of starting from nothing with no direction. I didn’t realize I needed a break to appreciate how lucky I am to live the life I do.

Unplugging for a while was so good. I feel full and fulfilled and energized again.

I’m excited to pick up where I left off, and to sort through all the amazing pictures and snippets to share.

Let’s start with some snapshots of the trip as a whole:

More to come soon!

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