So you didn't win the pre-season permit lottery for Half Dome in March or you didn't even know you had to enter a lottery to hike up Half Dome. Now what? You can't visit Yosemite National Park and not bag Half Dome right?! Relax. Depending on when you are planning your visit to Yosemite or how long you plan to spend there you have a few options to help achieve your travel/hiking goals.
We love the Malibu area! It's so close to the city, but yet feels so far away... especially when you're out hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Today we decided to spend our Sunday hiking the Solstice Canyon Loop Trail. We couldn't believe we hadn't done this hike sooner as we regularly hang out and watch the sunset from the nearby lookout AND have lived in the area for 9 months!
Anyway, this is a gorgeous trail and one of the best we've done in Malibu. Perfect for the summer months because you can take a dip in the refreshing waterfall at the end of your hike.
You can view a video we made of our hike and see how pretty the trail really was. I had no idea there would be a waterfall that was worth getting into at the end and therefore did not plan for it! Make sure you pack your swimwear!!
Recently we spent a few days vacationing in San Diego with a close friend of ours. Even though we don't usually splurge on hotels this time was different and we decided to stay somewhere nice. Well actually we had no idea this place would be so nice....
The Eastern Sierra Mountains is California's backbone, and U.S. highway 395 which runs east of the Sierra Nevada range would have to be one of California's most spectacular drive's. The highlights of this driving itinerary include majestic mountain peaks, endless outdoor opportunities and unusual natural and man-made locations such as Mono Lake and the ghost town of Bodie. Try to spend at least a week exploring the area!
Death Valley National Park is America's largest national park in the lower 48 states. Yes, this national park is larger than Yellowstone! In my opinion, it is also one of the best.
For some people, New Years Eve is about partying and drinking but for us this year it was all about hitting the road and having an outdoor adventure (as it had been awhile).
At first we couldn't decide between Joshua Tree and Mammoth Lakes but after seeing the mass of crowds headed for Joshua our decision was made easier. The majestic Eastern Sierra's it was!
Welcome to the Golden State! Whether you are a sun worshipper, an outdoor enthusiast, into exhilerating sports, a foodie or love road tripping to see quirky attractions, California has it all!
A couple of weeks ago we climbed Mt Whitney. At 14,508ft, Mt Whitney is the tallest mountain in the lower 48 states. The trail itself is 21 miles (33km) with 6000ft elevation gain and is not to be taken lightly.
I had wanted to climb Whitney ever since I was seventeen when I had stumbled across Galen Rowell's 'The Art of Adventure' at a second hand bookstore back in Australia, where nobody even knows where the Eastern Sierra's even are.
The historic Columbia River Highway was the first scenic highway in the United States and is designated a National Historic Landmark.
The highway is about 75 miles long between Troutdale and the Dalles in Oregon and travels through the Columbia Gorge, transitioning between temperate rainforest to dry grasslands in only 80 miles.
The area is best known for its high concentration of waterfalls but is also a popular destination for hiking, mountain-biking, fishing, watersports and sight-seeing.
The Columbia River Gorge is the perfect day trip from Portland on a hot summer's day or worth road tripping out to spend a week or two to fully explore the area.
When people think of waterfalls to visit in Oregon, Multnomah Falls is usually the first one that comes to mind. Multnomah Falls is Oregon's tallest waterfall and is also the most visited natural attraction in Oregon, and with good reason!
Multnomah Falls is stunning and an amazing waterfall to photograph, but did you know there are over a dozen other amazing waterfalls you can visit all on the same stretch of scenic road that is the Scenic Columbia River Highway?
Road tripping the Oregon coast in February was a spur of the moment decision. We were in Portland trying to figure out our next move - which was going to be heading straight to the Californian border then hugging the coastline from there. It was the middle of winter and we had been avoiding living out of the van (road tripping in the cold just ain't fun) and wanted to find some warmer weather asap... But we thought to ourselves, why waste the opportunity to see a beautiful coastline?
When it comes to surfing in California, it gets no better than the Santa Cruz surf scene! Globally recognized as “surf city,’ this area of the beautiful California coastline boasts some of the best waves on the west coast and thousands of dedicated surfers travel from across the world just to get their boards in the water here.