Western Adventure: Day 11

After vowing to make the most of my little bit of time in the Bay Area, I was up early and ready to go. But my hunger set in and became really cranky. So the pressure was placed on me to find a great breakfast spot b/c of my knack for finding the best meals. After about 30 minutes of walking around Oakland, I was totally unsuccessful and crankiness continued.  Finally we made it down to San Francisco to a place where my aunt had been before called Joanie’s Happy Days Diner which had amazing food and customer service. Definitely recommend this place. Sorry pics. But there is a link above. 

Next we headed to Golden Bridge. So clique and touristy I know but I wasn’t gonna skip on an opportunity to see it first hand and walk across it. Just the journey in itself to get was an accomplishment considering it was the furthest she walked in her few attempts to get there and it being my first there. Then on top of 3.5 mile walk round trip to cross the bridge which was a nice hike for two people who had just done a weeks works of hiking. So as inched closer from Fishermans Wharf through the neighborhoods and along the Bay the excitement grew. (And yes, we could’ve used Uber or rode bikes but I think we went things the right way and it was more enjoyable.) Just seeing the fog rise and the bridge more exposed added so much more to the experience. 

So we made it over and back without any issues. And myself being a cyclist I without a doubt want to bike across it one day and up the hill to get a better view of San Francisco. All in all, a great day of walking and seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. Had myself a rice bowl and cookies and cream ice cream from Whole Foods then crashed for the evening. 

SN: I had a record breaking day of walking today according to my Apple Watch. 

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Western Adventure: Day 10

Woke up and headed to Oakland today. Drove for the first time and in while, felt weird. It’s definitely a lot different driving out here. Everything in Orlando is flat so having to drive through the mountains caught me off guard at first. But once we got moving it was smooth sailing until we got close to Oakland and hit a little traffic. But it wasn’t that bad compared to what I witnessed in LA. Scenery wise, nothing but the desert, wind turbines and mountains. Nothing special. 

Finally caught up on my post. Spent the 2nd half of my ride writing and uploading pics. Mostly the latter. It’s amazing what you can do with just a phone these days. 

Once we got settled in it was kinda late, so I just went out and walked around Oakland for a little bit. I was also able to reconnect with an old buddy who showed me a few places and took me this amazing food truck who had the best tacos. Before I head back, I wanna stop by there and grab more. 

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Western Adventure: Day 9

Today was very similar to yesterday. Slept in and finished up my laundry in the morning. Then I eventually got up and visited a friend from college. I’ve seen her twice this year which is cool. Always good to see old friends. She actually has started a family now and has two amazing little kids. 

It wasn’t until late in the day that I read another blog on WP and saw one else’s post from the Vegas strip. Then I suddenly had wished that I maximized my time in Vegas seeing sites and enjoying it more. Granted I needed the sleep and had to catch up some laundry, there was still time in the day to go out and get a decent amount of sleep. 

Heading to Oakland/San Francisco in the morning and vowing to make the most of my time there. Any suggestions on this to do while I’m there? Anybody in the area?

I think that catches me up. Should have some nice photos from San Francisco in the morning to post. 

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Western Adventure: Day 8

Woke up early and packed up our camping gear one final time. Leaving Bryce Canyon and today we have to travel again. This time to Henderson, NV to regroup and visit my aunts friend. Staying here for 2 nights so we’ll be able to do laundry, sleep in beds and take real showers. The little things in life. Drive was about 5 hrs not including stops at Dunkin Donuts and In-N-Out Burger. 



Took 2 uneventful pictures all day. One of arriving back in Arizona and another of the tempature here. Yes, it’s that hot here. Definitely stayed in once we arrived. And laid in bed all day and night. Had a lot of posts to update and pictures to upload. 

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Western Adventure: Day 7

Woke up early this morning to get a good campsite at Bryce Canyon b/c they’re first come, first serve like Zion was. Drive was short so we had plenty of hiking time. Got some breakfast and phone charged then I was off again. 

Neither of us really knew what to expect at Bryce but once I say it, I instantly fell in love with it. It was seriously so amazing to look at and looked even more fun to hike. Comparing both the travel guide and REI National Parks App (which is pretty good tool that I forgot to mention earlier) I decided to do a combination of the Navajo and Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail. Figured I’d kill 2 birds with one stone. Really liked the Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail b/c it gave me a 360 view of the canyon.



Whoa! That’s a lot! Took me forever to upload. Text time I’m bringing my Mac. By far the best day so far. Got a lot of good pictures and I had an amazing time hiking, meeting new people from around the world. And even after all of this hiking plus lunch at the lodge. I still had a little left in me. And was able to make it up to the two Inspiration Point overlooks before it was dark. 

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Western Adventure: Day 6

Day 6 was a sleep in day but I definitely didn’t take it off. Slept in until 8ish then headed to the lodge. We’ve been incredibly blessed with phone service, which means more phone use. So I spent about 2 hrs there drinking my coffee, writing in my travel log (which I keep outside of this) and charging my phone.

The meat of my day was spent checking off some of the smaller hikes that the park has to offer. Visited Emerald Pools, Patriarch ____ and Watchman Trail. All easy to moderate hikes but very good. 

Of the 3, I liked Patriarch visually and Watchman physically. Kind of pushed myself physically today. Wanted to see what I could really do and I actually surprised myself but didn’t get TOO overconfident. Next time I wanna do more strenuous hikes at all the parks, especially this one. They had 2, Angels Landing and Observation point that I really wanna try. 

Emerald Pools was a trail that I admired a little bit along the way but I honestly sped through it and took some pics and left. I’ll probably read about it later and appreciate it more than I do now. 



Court of the Patriarchs was a really short hike but I kinda went off the path into a sketchy part that looked like it was part of a landslide. Was able to get some nice shots as well. Not difficult just had to be very careful. More than anything, I like the meaning behind it; being named after Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. 

Watchman was the sleeper. It was the closet trail to our campsite and didn’t look like much on paper, so I took it for granted. Turned out to be the most fun hike I did all day. Wasn’t the most strenuous like Angels Landing or Observation Point but it got the job done and got it done quickly. 3 miles in about an hour. The best part was when I saw a ram ahead of me on the trail and started to turned around until I saw 4 guys heading up and waited for them. Better 5 than one. By the time we got to the spot it was gone. We go finally made it to the top and some really cool pics. 

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Western Adventure: Day 5

Day 5 started early b/c I had to head outside to rent some shoes, socks and a hiking stick for the Narrows, which is about 9 miles of canyoneering. By far the most fun I’ve had on my trip so far. Wasn’t strenuous at all so you could really enjoy the river and Canyon at the same time. We didn’t go too far, only 6 miles round trip but still had an amazing time. 
Spent the remainder of the day relaxing. The temp for today was 105 and we felt every bit of it. 

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