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Cross Country Road-Trip Update : Yosemite National Park



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As I mentioned in our prior Blog Post, Bryan and I were recommended to Two Guys in Crescent City to repair our camper. Jake with Two Guys was such a delight and there is no doubt he loves sharing his faith as he serves others. On top of being so thankful that we found the axle issue before continuing to the windy road in the middle of nowhere and the busy rough and bumpy roads of San Francisco (no joke – they are up there with the Alaska hwy.), we also found an issue with our bumper (which is holding our bikes) so we were lucky to get that fixed before continuing also. While waiting on the camper, we were fortunate to find this pretty beach park to hang out at!

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After only a few hours, Jake had our camper ready to go, and while we expected a few hundred dollars as our bill, the bill was only $90!! We could not help but leave feeling very blessed and watched over.

We drove as long as we could, but knew we wouldn’t be making it into San Francisco – where we had planned a short visit. Accepting the fact that we would skip the Cool Grey City of Love (at least on this trip), we settled into a spot at the Golden Rule Campground, which is also on the ranch home of the famous horse Seabiscuit! I love horses…so this put a big smile on my face even though we only got a few hours of sleep and were rolling again.


As we continued towards Yosemite, we passed miles and miles of vineyards and countryside.


Out of pure inexperience, we naively followed our route to Yosemite straight into the heart of San Francisco…can I say that towing a camper in this city is not advisable? But at least we crossed this really cool bridge. 😉


I have to give a shout out to Bryan, because while I am all like “Oh hey! Look at that!” and clicking away with my camera, he is stressing over the wheel, and puts up with everything the road throws his way. He is always sacrificing, and I appreciate all he goes through to make our our trip great.

After fighting our way down the city streets, we made it out – camper and all – and headed on to Yosemite. I have to say that the further we drove, the more desolate things looked.


I was exhausted and weary of staying positive after the camper issues, lack of sleep, a hot-turned-icy-cold shower, and feeling bad for Bryan having to drive in the city…so when we were almost to Yosemite and we came to this mountain we had to wind our camper up through – the sign which said “Turn off AC next 5 miles” while it was a sunny 108 degrees,


all followed by miles of the remains of a forest fire, my hopes of a peaceful relaxing few days plummeted. Bryan laughed as two silent big tears rolled down my face. He’s supportive like that ;).


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The past two nights have been at Yosemite National Park, and it has been rejuvenating to relax and be back in some beautiful Mountain areas.

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This morning we head towards Aneheim – to visit Disneyland! We are looking forward to spending time at a Disney Park that will be new to us, and will keep you posted on our travels!

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Bonnie Jo Massey Weiss - June 12, 2014 - 4:49 pm

I love the lodge and the way everything looks organic and blends with the gorgeous surroundings.

Earlene Davis Porter - June 12, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Yosemite is so beautiful, seeing these brought back memories. I’m proud of my home State, the scenery at least! 🙂 Should have warned you about San Fran. NOT a place to be pulling a camper, but the Golden Gate Bridge is quite a sight also.

Elizabeth Bell Lindsey - June 12, 2014 - 9:59 pm

Hi Brittany, I am Bonnie Jo’s cousin and have enjoyed seeing some of your pictures and reading of your travels. I subscribed to your blog so I will get to enjoy all your trip. This bring back a lot of good memories when my husband and I would travel. Thanks for letting us share your life on the road. Elizabeth

Linda Pugh Watkins - June 13, 2014 - 1:40 am

Gorgeous photos Brittany! Glad you and Bryan are enjoying your trip.

Shelly Daniels Perkins - June 13, 2014 - 6:14 am

Such a gorgeous place, Britt! I have always wanted to visit Yosemite and I actually know about that hotel y’all ate lunch at because I saw a program about it a while back and told Billy that I would love to stay there if we ever get the chance to go! I am so glad to know that God has been keeping y’all safe during all these adventures! Prayers are being answered for sure! Hope the rest of your trip goes smoothly, Britt! I know it hasn’t been easy so far, but I love how y’all are taking the good with the bad and keeping a positive ( and humorous) spirit! God bless you both! You’re not only a talented photographer, Britt, but youre a talented writer too! Love the blog! Keeping y’all in my prayers and sending my love! <3

Beverly Keeling Edwards - June 13, 2014 - 11:25 pm

Brittany, I am enjoying the travels thru your blog and pictures so much. They are making me want to visit some of these spots as well. Like Bonnie Jo Massey Weiss, I love the lodge and dining area. Stay safe and many happy travels.

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