Okay, I know, this has been a LONG time coming. In honesty, I’ve been forgetting to share my America vlogs with you from my Youtube channel, so here is a little (huge) recap..
If you’re interested in what I did from Day 1 to Day 13 on my Westerner 3 trip with Trekamerica, here are all of the videos you need to see. Or if you prefer, you can catch up on all of the posts from the trip here. It should give you a pretty good idea as to what to expect from a Trekamerica tour, how cool your tour guide is going to be, who you might meet, what the camping will be like and what amazing sights you will see along the way. For the fourth installment, head down to the video at the bottom of the post. Part 5 will be posted shortly and that will conclude an awesome 3 weeks. I hope you’ve got a good hour to spare if you fancy watching some videos :)
First stop was Bryce Canyon. A National Park that stands out amongst the rest due to its terracotta shading and protruding turrets and spires, named Hoodoos. It is breathtaking to take in and a walk around the area can really give you a perception of how huge and beautiful the park actually is.
Zion National Park
After leaving Bryce Canyon, we headed to Zion National Park, again a stark contrast from Bryce with a much more mountainous terrain yet a plethora of greenery. We took the Angels Landing Hike, notorious for being rather dangerous, where chains help you to scramble to the top after a truly strenuous walk. It was difficult yet absolutely worth it when we reached the top. Plus, finding out that I had won the Company Blog Award that year as soon as we reached some phone signal, was a moment I will never forget.
We left Zion and made our way through some barren landscape to a little place named Rachel near Area 51. It was practically just a small cafe called the Ale Inn, and that was Rachel, but it was a nice break in between an 8 hour ride. We finally made it to a town named Bishop on the way to Yosemite and travelled 35 minutes further to the nearest place to eat where we found a Texas BBQ shack. I helped myself to a jacket covered in pulled pork, mac and cheese and slaw. I wonder why my body looked so awful when I returned home!?
Yosemite National Park
Then it was on to Yosemite. Im sure you have heard about just how gorgeous this National Park is, but it really sweeps you off of your feet. The mountains, waterfalls, wildlife, trees and overall size of the park, makes it a truly magical place. It is a must see and I cant wait to go back.
The Giant Sequoias, Yosemite NP, CA
Whilst you’re there, taking a trip to see the Giant Sequoias is another thing you really shouldn’t miss. These trees are huge, the biggest in the world, and it took 13 of us to wrap our arms around a third of the tree, as you’ll see in the video. Theyre absolutely beautiful and so overwhelming.
Then it was on to San Francisco, and the place that the majority of us way dying to see, or get back to, in my case. We made a first stop at our tour leader Brian’s house, where his parents cooked us up an incredible BBQ and invited close friends for a big party. This was a massive deal, as tour leaders dont do this for everyone, it was only because we were so interested in Brians Parents and they lived on the way to San Fran that Brian thought a trip back for a party would be awesome, and we all totally agreed. Thank you again to the Gallagher’s for an incredible party.
Then it was off to the big city, to view the Golden Gate Bridge and wander around Haite Asbury before we ate our body weight in Bubba Gump Shrimp. But like I said, watch the video and it will explain things even better than I can here. And stay tuned for part 5 where we spend another few days in SF before heading back down the coastline to LA.
I hope you’ve been enjoying all of these travel posts. I love writing them and reminiscing on the amazing times I had, and I cant wait to go on some more adventures!
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