Week 20 update

April 1-7, 2015.

This week was just awesome! We continued to explore California, had a great time in San Francisco, hiked in Yosemite in a snow storm and had our great friend Jill (from the Yukon) join us. What a week!


(our new van colours featured above….alright, just a super rad van we saw in San Francisco)


We walked the Golden Gate which is iconic but since there was construction which resulted in one whole side of the foot path being closed, it was crowded and loud. The bridge is a nice sight to see from a distance for sure and we got a little cardio, but this will be a pass for future visits. Don’t worry, the week gets way better from here.


The night before our dear friend Jill arrived, we shared a bottle of wine and read “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls. We laughed so much. We recommend this book if you want to learn about a very unique family who plays outside the lines.


We were so excited for Jill to visit that we decked out the van in welcome paraphernalia. She was excited to see us holding the sign in the airport.



We met up with Olivier and Sol, a couple of Jill’s friends, in San Francisco at Zeitgeist (a former – or possibly current – biker bar in the mission district). Great beer and great conversation.


San Francisco is fun to visit. There’s tons to see and lots of great food. We had pupusas (El Salvadorian stuffed pancake) on the street and Mexican food from La Taqueria on the first and second nights.



Next we hit up a burlesque show that we found by accident.

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Chinatown is a neighborhood we enjoy in any city we visit because there’s lots of colour, great food and the hustle-bustle of people.



We met up with our friend Ayla (who we met in Toronto and she now works in graphic design in San Fran) at Sightglass, a funky coffee shop/roastery. You can’t beat the smell of coffee roasting.



Next we did a harbour tour. Jill and Erin try to get out on the water some way, some how on every trip they do.

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We didn’t set foot on Alcatraz but we circled it in the boat. Check out these sea lions vegging on the docks in the pic above.

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The “Full House” house has gotten a face lift since the 90s, but the spirit of Danny Tanner and the rest of the crew lives on (the middle one in the pic below).


The other colourful streets throughout the city were also pretty to walk around.


The Easter bunny found us when we were staying in Berkeley.

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It’s a small space but the hiding spots were tricky. All eggs were found so no mushy surprises to find later.


We ate some chocolate-covered crickets (the newest, “cleanest” source of protein on the market). You definitely couldn’t tell they were insects, just crunchy and chocolatey.


We bid San Francisco farewell and headed south along Highway 1, right along the coastline and beaches. It was a beautiful day for a drive. We stopped frequently to take in the view and we did a picnic for supper.

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We camped at the Constanoa KOA in North Santa Cruz. Jill and Erin spent a morning sipping coffee on the beach.

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We headed inland to Yosemite National Park. We covered a few trails over a couple days. We checked the weather just before we arrived to find there was a snow storm for our big hiking day so we took it slow and dressed warmly (and as you can tell from the pic below – very fashionably as well). The falls were so stunning in the snow.

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We made it to Vernal Falls on Day 1. On day 2 we made it to Yosemite Falls and Jackson joined the girls, but you’ll hear more about that in the next blog post (for Week 21).

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We met Chris from San Diego and a couple from Australia on the wet hike. We camped that night in Yosemite Park. So many people recommended the park to us and we would definitely pass that recommendation along. The hikes and views are spectacular.

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1 US state this week (CA), 24 in total during the trip
1086 kms this week (675 mi), 16758 total on the trip (10413 mi)
Spent $767.51 this week, $15833.69 total USD