Hello world, fellow bloggers, and readers. First off: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to me! WordPress has informed myself that today marks two years with corinnesdventure! I wouldn’t have been able to keep it going this long without your interest in my tips and adventures. I am super pumped to be blogging again. I have spent the last seven days in beautiful, sunny, hot California visiting one of my best friends from college for his birthday. Between this and my last post not much has happened, so this post today will take you through all the highlights of my much needed vacation, with tips thrown in with what else I have recently learned. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this blog (that I am currently typing aboard a 737 aircraft somewhere over the middle of the country).
Alright, so day one, last Wednesday: I landed in Sacramento, California at around 10am. I advise you all try to land in your destination as early as possible cause then that at least gives you half a day extra there. My best friend was waiting for myself at the airport. He drove me to his house where I could get situated and a little rested before beginning the best vacation I have had in a long while. We then this drove to an awesome part of Sacramento called Old Sac. The entire town is lost in time as it is staged very western. There are shops after shops with all types of things, like candy stores, trading posts, and costume shops. This was a super fun tourist based thing to do while in SAC because I wanted to spend a good time in the place my best friend lived. However, I try to stray away from tourist attractions though when I can. I enjoy the lesser-known parts of a town or area. I like to find the hidden gems rather than do the main tourist attractions because 1) then there are less people, 2) you are seeing things only locals know about, and 3) it just makes you seem like a badass that you are experiencing a part of a town or area that people wouldn’t expect. After hitting the shops, my best friend was kickass tour guide driving me around SAC where he grew up, telling me stories and sharing memories of the places he used to go. It was a great way to see the city and get accustomed to my new home for the next week.
Day Two, Thursday: The next day we had reservations in a camp ground at Donner Lake in Truckee, California. This was a place that my best friend had camped before, so he knew all the local places and new exactly what scenic drives to take. That’s another tip: having a local in your adventure group is a HUGE help. They know the scenic routes, where to eat, and always have so much history to share. My friend really did a great job with this. The drive there was stunning. The air was fresh and cool as we climbed to 6,000 feet. We started the day with a 3-mile hike through an abandoned train tunnel that was covered with graffiti. It. was. AWESOME. You popped out of the side of the mountain every once and a while to get stunning views. This was definitely a place only locals know. Afterword we set up camp, which was great on its own. The campsite was clean, quiet, spacious, and was my first experience camping in a tent on the ground, not on top of my car. Then we headed to dinner before deciding on a scenic drive to Bocca reservoir to end the night before heading back for a fire and reading the best book ever: 411. The Reservoir was beautiful and there was another one close by we wanted to check out. As we drove there, the road was closed. We pushed on a different way and ended up, long story short, off-roading in the valleys of nothern Cali in a Honda. Yes… a HONDA! It did great. We took it slow and safe and did end up eventually turning around. That was such a rush! So much to tell. I am keeping it short though so feel free to write me and I can elaborate if you’d like to know more.
Day Three, Friday: This day was jammed packed with fun because of what we saw, we did, and cause it was his birthday! We packed up camp and headed to Tahoe City by following a scenic drive parallel to the Truckee River, down HW 89. We got to stop at Commons Beach and Emeralds Bay, parts of Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is breathtaking. The colors are amazing and man, it’s HUGE! We continued to drive as the highway was packed with bikes and parked cars everywhere. We went though Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe, and ended up at Heavenly just over the border into Nevada. Here, we were spontaneous yet again, like with our Honda off roading adventure. We ended up paying and riding a gondola up Heavenly mountain, a staggering 9,600 feet up! This gave us breathtaking views. At the top of the summit you can zip line and do a ropes course and eat, but we simply enjoyed a game go cornhole atop a mountain. It made us feel like certified badasses, a new term I made up for this trip. It was incredible to think about where I currently was. Afterward we headed back down and drove home for the evening was spent at a family gathering for my best friend’s family. There was amazing food and tons of people to meet. The day was super busy, but every second was special. The only tip I can throw in here is the importance of NOT relying just on phones for directions. Being spontaneous is fun and fun means going off the grid and not having service. You NEED maps, whether printed out before had or huge folded ones, because iMaps will not always have your back. GPS’s work as well but having it on paper, in my opinion, helps see the whole area better.
Day Four, Saturday: In the morning we got my tattoo! It turned out so much better than expected. My best friends nephew did it at the place he works at: Monster Ink. He added his own style to it and it turned out SO cool. It is certainly still healing though. This was a chill day for us as the last two days were very busy. We enjoyed walking the mall and a dinner out for pizza with his parents to close out the day.
Day Five, Sunday: We did more tourist based things on this day. We toured one of only two Jelly Belly Jelly Bean factories in North America which was super fun and I learned a lot. Afterward we went to an auto museum in SAC where I got to see, in person, my favorite car ever: a DeLorean. Afterward we hit up Old Sac again for a special gift I wanted to get for us. My best friend and I got similar roped bracelets to wear to symbolize our friendship. How cool, right?
Day Six, Monday: This was was spent doing the things that most people think about when they think of Cali: Vineyards and the Coast. We drove to Napa valley in the morning through vineyard after vineyard and drove some very winding roads through the valleys. I got to stop at a local beef jerky place I had only been to one other time when I was in Cali 7 years prior. We drove around Lake Berryessa and then hoped on scenic HW 1 and the Panoramic HW to get to Stinson Beach. This was a beach he had been to before and it did not disappoint. We saw Muir woods and walked the shore and collected sand and rocks, and I even fell asleep while sunbathing! I did not know the next time I would be in any ocean so I really soaked in the moments.
Day Seven, Tuesday: Here I am, today, still on this place typing away. I had a marvelous time in SAC and I cannot wait to come back again.
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