Ok, I'm a little bit behind on this post but getting into the swing of things with this blogging lark I thought I would share a few pics from our amazing honeymoon from last July. So here was the itinerary:
LA - PALM SPRINGS - JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK - VEGAS - GRAND CANYON - LAKE POWELL - BRYCE CANYON - VEGAS - DEATH VALLEY - YOSEMITE - LAKE TAHOE - SAN FRAN - BIG SUR - SANTA BARBARA - LA
It was the trip of a lifetime and me and Scotty still talk about it on a daily basis, even digging out the pics for this post gave me the holiday blues. I couldn't recommend this trip more, whats amazing is in 3 weeks covering 3000 miles we saw so many different landscapes, from the cool 12c forest of Yosemite to the baking 49c desert sun of Death Valley it was all incredible. So many different landscapes, terrain and views.
People often ask me what my favourite place was or if I could recommend one place what would it be. It's so tricky as we loved the variety of them all but I do have a couple of favourites. Yosemite was truly breathtaking, the views of the mountains, climbing waterfalls, seeing wildlife in its natural habitat. I actually cried when we left this part of the trip. There was just something about it that stuck with me, maybe its being in the actual fresh air instead of smoggy London. I loved getting back to nature, not having a to-do list and just walking and taking in the views. We also stayed in a small wooden cabin right in the heart of it which I would definitely recommend.
Each part of the trip had its own personality, the 1st section being the desert section, the views at the Grand Canyon are unbelievable! However it you fancy a canyon land I would recommend Bryce Canyon! Its more spectacular than Grand Canyon and the orange coloured stone was beauuuitful!
The 2nd part was more getting back to nature, a cooler climate (which we were quite thankful for after Death Valley – which was 49c at 9pm!) I've already covered Yosemite which blew my mind but Lake Tahoe was the next stop, even though it was a great place to visit I wouldn't say it was our favourite, just not as much to do or the spectacular views we had become accoustomed to but we had been very spoilt. We did hire a speed boat for a day on the lake and this was ace and super exciting!
The 3rd part of the trip was more city focused, I must admit I didn't really have an opinion about San Fran before we went but I just fell in love with the place, I can't even tell you why, it just stole my heart from the moment we arrived. The trams, the buildings, the windy road, everything, its a super cool place. If you do go, you have to visit Alcatraz, its extremely moving – they encourage you to do the audio tour and I really would, you hear the voices of the prisoners and the officers that worked there and its a trip I will never forget.
The last part (sad face) Was just dreamy, we drove from San Fran down the gold coast to the Big Sur, I have never seen sunsets like the ones at Big Sur, for 3 nights we stared at the sky from our yurt right on the cliff by the ocean hearing the sea splashing on the rocks every night. When we first arrived here after a frantic drive to make our 10pm compulsory arrival time at Treebones resort, I remember looking up at the sky which my mouth wide open in complete shock. I had NEVER seen a sky with so many stars in it. That night we enjoyed a bottle of wine while just staring at it. So many shooting stars… if you asked me where would I want to go on a stressful day, it would be here.
As a whole it was just THE BEST, It was the best month of our lives, including the wedding of course. We are actually heading back to the USA for 3 weeks this year to try and relive a little bit of the love we had for this trip but this time to Florida and Miami – watch out the blog post