Post-Camp Travels: Cruising Through California

The past two weeks have absolutely flown by, with the summer coming to an end and my post-camp travels beginning. It’s always sad to say goodbye to camp and everyone there at the end of the season (we all know by now that I would stay there forever if they’d let me!), but I know it’s (probably) not my last summer there, so while I’ll miss it heaps over the next 8 months, I know it’s right there waiting for me to return!

sunset summer
My last camp sunset

Anyway, when I left camp I headed straight for New York City, the Big Apple itself, where I spent a fun filled few days staying with a friend in Brooklyn and trying to explore parts of the city that I hadn’t visited before. I walked the entire length of the Highline (an old converted railway track that runs above the city), marveling at the sights around me; spent hours wandering the halls of the Natural History Museum; and, of course, spent a little time shopping in Soho.

highline new york city
An NYC Highline View

Then it was time to fly across to the other side of the country to Fresno, California, where I (along with two friends from camp) rented a car and drove to Yosemite National Park fore two days of camping and hiking in what has to be the most spectacular place I think I’ve ever seen. We stayed at Curry Village, in some awesome little raised canvas tents (much like the ones I sleep in at camp), and had an incredible time hiking around the Valley floor, as well as up the trails to two different waterfalls, Vernon and Nevada, where the view from the top was indescribably amazing. If you ever get the chance… Yosemite is a must visit!

Yosemite Half Dome Glacier Point
The view from Glacier Point in Yosemite

Sadly our time in Yosemite had to come to an end, and our epic road trip to Los Angeles began (via Santa Cruz, where we visited another friend from camp who goes to College there). We travelled along Highway 1, taking in the stunning sights along the coast, our eyes wide and mouths open in wonder at the pure beauty of it all. Just vast expanses of mountains, rocks and water. Water in either direction, as far as the eye could see. We stayed the night just outside Santa Barbara and then made it to LA early-morning the next day, spending the rest of our time in California between the beaches of Venice and Santa Monica, and wandering 3rd street, enjoying the sunshine and shops.

Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica Pier

And that’s the end of my summer and travels in the USA! You can sign up with 3 Adventures now for the summer of a lifetime in 2016, just like mine!

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