Yosemite, Sequoia, Death Valley, Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe

I’m on a rollercoaster that only goes up my friend. – John Green

This leg of my trip was a little altered due to weather, but still turned out incredible! I headed to Yosemite and upon arrival, I realized a lot of roads are closed in the winter. A snow storm started when I got there so I just filled up my time inside where I could stay warm!  I woke up at sunrise to a beautiful day, and was able to explore and get some hikes in.

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My original plan was to drive through Yosemite to the East, but that road was closed.  I decided to head to Sequoia National Park and drive around the long way.  Why not! Some of Sequoia’s roads are closed down or you need tire chains to drive them. I drove as far (past the chain limit) as I felt safe and then turned around.  It was a winter wonderland!

IMG_6588 IMG_6575 IMG_6566 IMG_6556Next stop, Death Valley and Las Vegas.  Why not have some fun! I had a friend that happened to be in Las Vegas at the time, so it ended up working out perfectly. I love how in Vegas you can walk from Paris to Rome in less then 5 minutes. “We will always have Paris”.

IMG_6599 IMG_6592IMG_20160330_224444329 IMG_20160330_223507018 IMG_20160330_184227966On my way to Reno, I stopped at Lake Mono, which is on the opposite side of Yosemite (the original plan). There is also a ghost town, called Bodie, I was planning on stopping at, but the road was closed. In Florida, we don’t close roads for the winter.

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Reno, “The Biggest Little City in the World”. My brother’s best friend since I was two (aka my second brother), moved to Reno about two years ago. It was great to see him and his family. They took me to Virginia City, which is an old mining town with a lot of history and saloons.  We took a tour down in one of the mines, learning about the process that was used back in the 1860’s. My friend also currently creates the animation for slot machines.  He brought me to the casinos in Reno to show me and I won $50! Can’t wait to visit them again!

IMG_20160403_014741251 IMG_20160402_235344129 14849 IMG_6677IMG_666514878Can’t stop in Reno without seeing Lake Tahoe. I have a friend living in Truckee for the winter. We went to a Bluegrass festival and some took a few hikes with breathtaking views.

IMG_6694IMG_671215223 15244Oregon and Washington next!

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