(Note: this trip took place in March.)
California, land of Beach Boys, blondes, Hollywood, Disneyland and surfers, right? Nah, not this time. I think of it more like the land of national parks, Silicon Valley, and John Muir’s inspiration. And oh yes, there was sun.
I’m not one to get bummed just because it’s cloudy, but when you’re going weeks on end, with only a few breaks for the sun here and there, it gets old.
First stop, Redwoods!
After a long drive from Portland, we stayed at a hotel in Grants Pass. Then Jair looks up a trail in Jedediah Smith State Park and we decided to check it out.
Little did we know this was way in the backcountry along one of the worst roads I’d seen. Jair drove and the road was good practice for him with his new car. Constantly doublecheck our GPSes we eventually stopped at what looked like a good trail to check out the old growth trees.
Pretty big. We hiked for a bit, then moved on. I guess I’m ever the cynic, once you’ve seen a redwood, you’ve seen ’em all. haha
Had to check out the Avenue of the Giants while on the way South, which is shown in the photo at the top of this post. And then of course the California coast. Amazing drive!
After a long trip we finally San Fransisco and then San Jose. Driving in the dark, alas, there were no great photos of the Golden Gate Bridge. But I can still say I saw it, so you’ll just have to believe me.
And what’s California without a trip to In-N-Out Burgers? Okay, so I was following the crowd a bit here, and though it was pretty good, I don’t really get what all the rage is about.
Next was my bro’s home in San Jose. He lives in a cool studio apartment with a swimming pool, hot tub, etc. And there were palm trees!
Next morning was the glorious drive to Yosemite. We set up camp that night in an RV park where someone was watching movies, but hey it worked.
Yosemite definitely lived up to it’s name. John Muir wasn’t kidding, it was epic. I’d like to go visit the Sierras longer someday, see other things in the mountains and taste the amazing alpine “champagne water” Muir wrote about.
That Saturday after being back in San Jose, I had to see some Silicon Valley stuff, so we visited the Computer History Museum. It did not disappoint either. We got to see the mechanical predecessors of computers and calculators to the 20th century, mainframes, home computers, all the way to smartphones and mobile devices nowadays.
There was much more to see in Silicon Valley as well as California’s countryside, coast, mountains, desert and of course the major national parks. But unfortunately life, work, etc. called me back home. California all in all, was pretty epic. I’ll be back. 🙂