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Like a lion in Zion

37°19' 22" N 113°2' 45" W Zion National Park

Nov 17, 2014  –  by Maeva

After yet another night on a Walmart parking lot (hey, it’s free!) we made it to Zion National Park on a Saturday morning. It was probably not the best idea to do it on a weekend, but something had to fall on a weekend at some point.

Based on friends’s advice we decided to take the Angel’s Landing hike to the summit of the canyon. Classified as a strenuous hike guys! It was really cool, with lots of steep and narrow ways up top, bringing quite the aerial experience! There were chains to hold on to and steep cliffs right by us. It was quite exhausting and painfully reminded us that we’re not on the best diet for exercise… But reaching a breathtaking 360 view at the top made it absolutely worth it! I even managed to hurt myself, “falling like a baby goat trying to walk for the first time” according to Steph.

All in all, we had no idea why to expect and were offered a truly scenic 4 hour hike that was absolutely amazing and truly deserved its name: Angel’s Landing. If you’re in the area, this is where you want to go. Except if you’re afraid of heights, we did see some people crawling on the floor at the beginning – don’t think it they made it too far!

Zion National Park from below
Zion National Park from below
Maeva hiking in Zion
Maeva hiking in Zion
Maeva walking in Zion
Maeva walking in Zion
Incredible view in Zion
Incredible view in Zion
Maeva on top of Zion
Maeva on top of Zion
Maeva sitting at the summit of Angel's Landing
Maeva sitting at the summit of Angel’s Landing
Maeva posing at the summit
Maeva posing at the summit
Steph sitting at the top of Zion
Steph sitting at the top of Zion
Incredible view at the top of Zion National Park
Incredible view at the top of Zion National Park
Maeva on top of Zion
Maeva on top of Zion
Spotting a ram in Zion
Spotting a ram in Zion

The colours of Big Sur

36°10' 37" N 121°41' 52" W Big Sur

Oct 21, 2014  –  by Maeva

We continued our drive down Highway 1, one of the most beautiful and scenic road we’ve ever taken. We discovered the two colours of Big Sur on the way: orange and turquoise. And just like every night for the past two weeks, we caught another incredible sunset on the Pacific cliffs. We may get used to this.

Steph and Maeva on the scenic highway in Big Sur
Steph and Maeva on the scenic highway in Big Sur
Cliffs in Big Sur
Cliffs in Big Sur
Steph and Maeva in front of sunset in Big Sur
Steph and Maeva in front of sunset in Big Sur

As night time was approaching, we started looking for a campground and the only two in the area were completely full, so we followed other travellers’s advice and went up a dirt road to find several cars and tents doing the same thing. Improvised camping is the best kind of camping! Definitely another amazing spot to stay at, as we caught the last colours before dusk over the ocean and were offered a spectacular starlit sky letting us perceive the milky way.

Stars and milky way in Big Sur
Stars and milky way in Big Sur

In the morning, we went to check out the waves on potential surf spots, and although the swell was big, no one was in the water so we kept driving!

Waves in Big Sur
Waves in Big Sur

Homes of Sausalito

37°52' 20" N 122°30' 2" W Sausalito

Oct 20, 2014  –  by Maeva

A must do when visiting SF is to take a break from the city and head to the colourful houseboats of Sausalito. We took a walk on the docks through the quirky and uniquely shaped homes on the water, picturing life in such a cool setting. Here’s a selection of our favourite floating homes! Which one is your favourite?

House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito
House in Sausalito