After spending a few days in Yosemite, we headed to Napa Valley for my sister’s wedding. We got there a day and a half before the wedding, giving us some time to hang with my family and lounge around the pool. It was so nice soaking up the sun and being lazy after a few days hiking and camping. The temperature change between the mountains of Yosemite and the valley of Napa was unreal. At night when we were camping in Yosemite, the temp dropped to upper 20’s meanwhile in Napa it was in the 90’s. It didn’t even feel like we were in the same state haha!
Brandon and Holly’s wedding was gorgeous and I got the pleasure of being the photographer. The whole day went smoothly and was nothing short of beautiful! Not only did the weather change dramatically, but so did my attire haha. I went from wearing dirty hiking clothes to a dress and heels. We also went from eating granola and bagged food to hors d’oeuvres and wine! I definitely fit in a little better in the mountains than wine country ;). Getting a few days to spend with my family was just what was needed between all of our destinations.
The day after the wedding, we took off to see the Redwoods. We headed to Humboldt Redwoods State Park and stayed in Burlington campground. Burlington campground was by far one of the most beautiful campgrounds we have ever stayed in. Camping and sleeping amongst some of the tallest and biggest trees in the world basically makes you feel like you are an elf in a fairytale dream.
Brady was most excited to see the Redwoods out of everything we were doing and getting to see his excitement as we walked amongst the tallest trees in the world was definitely rewarding. I don’t know how many times we said, “Wait, but look at this one, this one is SO BIG”, until we realized that every single one of the trees was massive haha! But seriously, seeing them in person wasn’t like the Golden Gate Bridge; they didn’t seem smaller in person, they seemed larger than I imagined.
What we loved most about Humboldt was how remote and quiet it was. We were able to be on the trails all by ourselves, not seeing a single other person for hours. Even the campground and surrounding area was quiet and not touristy at all like Yosemite. The seclusion and quiet of the redwoods was just what we needed to end the trip on.
Overall our Cali road trip was phenomenal and we most certainly crossed a lot off our bucket list. But the best part of the trip was coming home. Brady and I strive to have a life we enjoy vacationing from, rather than NEED to vacation from. As great as our adventures always are, we are always ready and excited to come back to North Dakota. After traveling, we realize the extreme truth behind the saying “North Dakota Nice”