TRAVEL – trek america’s grand trek: santa barbara & los angeles

travel - trekamericas grand trek day 21 santa barbara and los angelesAfter such a nice, chilled day and night exploring the California coast, it suddenly dawned on me this morning that it was day 21, and that once today is over we’ll be losing more of our little family!

We packed our tents away for the final time together and sung cheesy 90s music (think 5ive, Backstreet Boys and B*Witched) on the way to Los Angeles. Despite being a little sad, everyone was in such high spirits! Our first stop of the journey was to Santa Barbara for lunch, before heading to Santa Monica pier for a mooch around.

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As it was technically our last night together before our free day tomorrow, Steve took us to a Dodgers baseball game using the remaining food kitty money. It was so nice to go as a family, we all had hot dogs, bought foam fingers and had a good time at the game!

Once it had finished, we headed back to the hotel, where me and Polly headed straight for bed as we were so tired! Bring on tomorrow and Universal Studios!

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TRAVEL – trek america’s grand trek instagram snaps week four

travel - grand trek insta snaps week four

It’s the fourth week of our trip and that officially marks the end of our Northern Trail tour!

travel - grand trek - trek family and universal studios hollywood The Northern Trail family / Universal Studios, LA

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After three weeks of rain, pranking and hiking, the Northern Trail finally came to an end in LA. We spent the last couple of days there at a baseball game (let’s go Dodgers, let’s go!) and on our free day; a few of us went to Universal Studios, whilst the rest hit Venice Beach. It was so sad the next morning saying goodbye to our friends but we had one thing to keep us going – Viva Las Vegas! What can I say? Vegas was incredible! The Bellagio Fountains were just as I imagined (amazing!) and it’s safe to say, we all had a good time there! We then conquered Angel’s Landing in Zion – one of the most strenuous and dangerous trails in America’s national park system – something of which I am incredibly proud of! The next couple of days were spent at the Grand Canyon, where most of us pretty much chilled out and took in the views. (And did the last and final hike of the trip, yay!) The week ended on a high at Monument Valley, which was one of the most incredible things I have ever experienced! We slept under the stars, had a traditional Navajo dinner, danced and did a jeep tour of the valley. The first week of the Southern Sun tour has been amazing so far, and I cannot wait for the next few stops to come – Austin, New Orleans and Nashville! 

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TRAVEL – trek america’s grand trek instagram snaps week three

travel - grand trek insta snaps week three

Week three and here’s another installment of my trekamerica insta snap series!

It’s a bug’s life in the Nevada desert / Paddleboarding in Lake Tahoe

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A foggy Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco / Discovered this amazing untouched spot on the Californian Coast

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Day 14 and we stopped in the Nevada desert on our way to California. It was such a long drive and the campsite we arrived at was so desolate! We even saw snakes! A water fight and drinking games did however take our minds off it and the next day we headed to Lake Tahoe to paddleboard and hang out at the beach. Then we arrived at Yosemite where we did plenty of hiking (thunderstorms happened, again), saw some Giant Sequoias and had a food fight! San Francisco was the next stop where we did a foggy sunset cruise, partied the nights away and celebrated the 4th July, before heading to the beautiful Californian Coast where we saw whales, dolphins and elephant seals! 

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