Manifest Destiny 2015

Nevada: Dirt, Mountains, and the Occasional Casino

Today was, for the most part, a long driving day through the vast wasteland of Nevada, but first we had a few stops to start the day. First, we visited Mono Lake, a lake outside of Yosemite National Park famous for alkaline waters that create unusual rock formations known as tufas. We went to their… Continue reading Nevada: Dirt, Mountains, and the Occasional Casino

Manifest Destiny 2015

…And Then There Were Cows

Alternate Title: The day we took the minivan offroading Alternate Title 2: The day we ruined the rental car Alternate Title 3: How are you enjoying your rest day, Memere? As you can probably see, some stuff went down today. We started the day off pretty mildly. We went to Pop's Restaurant for breakfast. Yep,… Continue reading …And Then There Were Cows

Manifest Destiny 2015

The Hotel That’s Stuck in the 70s

Early this morning, Auntie Brenda, Justin and Owen left for home in Virginia, leaving six of us to continue on our journey. From this point on, our trip was less about seeing the big cities of California and seeing the natural wonders of the western US. Today marked the start of our journey to Yosemite… Continue reading The Hotel That’s Stuck in the 70s

Manifest Destiny 2015

The Day Mom, Grampa and I Got Some Exercise

Today was our first day in San Francisco. We started our day by waking up early and heading out to the pier for our tour of the notorious Alcatraz. This was a part of our journey that I had been excited for, especially since watching Escape From Alcatraz. It's like the Shawshank Redemption but real!… Continue reading The Day Mom, Grampa and I Got Some Exercise

Manifest Destiny 2015

“This Golf Ball Has Touched Pebble Beach”

Today was an early morning. We had places to go and things to see, including the town or Harmony California, population: 18. We passed that en route. From Santa Maria we drove to Hearst Castle, the former home of William Randolph Hearst, the politician and yellow journalist of the turn of the century. He had… Continue reading “This Golf Ball Has Touched Pebble Beach”

Manifest Destiny 2015

The Happiest Place on Earth…Til It Rains

Blog title credit: My amazing cousin Owen (he told me to call him that). A two hour drive was the only thing that kept us from Anaheim, the promised land, where it all began, DISNEYLAND! This was a momentous day in my life. Ever since I had watched the Disneyland Singalong Fun special when I… Continue reading The Happiest Place on Earth…Til It Rains