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The Best Things to Do Around Yosemite & The Inspiring Couples Behind Them

The Best Things to Do Around Yosemite & The Inspiring


Things to do in YosemiteAs a pair that gave up just about every part (home, job, group, most possessions, and so forth.) to comply with a dream, we’re at all times looking out for our tribe. We scoured the globe for badass touring duos to share their favourite place and piece of recommendation in our e book Ultimate Journeys for Two. We’ve made a degree to pen-pal and wine-Zoom with like-minded {couples} we’ve met in Argentina, Norway, Slovenia, Costa Rica, and different far-off locations to maintain that sense of group in our nomadic lives. Pairs like this may be laborious to return by, however one way or the other after we got here to Mariposa County, we met inspiring {couples} left and proper…a pair of promoting execs that ditched all of it for a cider apple farm…well being care professionals who determined they’d quite be restoring forgotten vineyards…San Francisco night time membership house owners who determined to deliver music and group to a ghost city. We have been initially planning to jot down a standard information on the perfect issues to do round Yosemite, however one thing larger appeared to be brewing behind the locations to remain, eat, and store. There is a whole lot of coronary heart behind these small companies and that’s what makes them must-see locations. Meet the artistic {couples} serving to make Mariposa top-of-the-line locations to discover in California!
 

Mariposa Museum: John & Jessie

Best things to do around Yosemite, visit the Mariposa Museum and Historic CenterHeading to the native museum is at all times a great way to know a brand new place—and Mariposa’s simply occurs to be the Smithsonian’s choose for “Best Little Museum in the West.” Walking into the Mariposa Museum and History Center, we were transported to a 19th-century general store selling provisions for gold miners and homesteaders, followed by a Miwok Native American dwelling covered in cedar bark, and rich California history at every turn. Our guide Chris walked us through Mariposa’s many eras, from Native American tribes to Spanish settlement to Mexican territory to the gold rush era that transformed California. “Though if there is one family that revolutionized Mariposa, it’s The Fremonts.” John Fremont was an early American explorer of the West and married a politician’s daughter and accomplished writer, Jessie Benton. In the mid 1800s congress funded his survey of the Oregon Trail, the Great Basin, and the Sierra Nevadas and together they authored best-selling travel guides (basically the Lonely Planet for Conestoga Wagons lol) to help the hundreds of thousands voyaging west. The Fremonts got one of the first land grants from Mexico: “Las Mariposas.” As luck would have it, their 40,000 acres would become the heart of gold country. Their wealth and influence earned him a Senate seat and their anti-slavery position helped secure his bid as the first-ever Republican candidate for president. But his allure was always them as a pair, even his political slogan was “Fremont and Jessie too.” Forward-thinkers, adventurers, and dynamic duo, John and Jessie are the foundation of the “Mother of all Counties.”

Travel Tip: Don’t miss the Mariposa Museum’s outdoor exhibits, which include a massive stamp mill, a working blacksmith shop, and the original Mariposa Gazette offices from 1854—California’s longest running weekly newspaper. (Check out this article they wrote about us).
 

Little Shop of Ramen & The Local Grape:
Travis & Melissa

Best things to do around YosemiteWe walked the principle avenue, admiring the Nineteenth-century buildings, charming retailers, and yummy resturants. In the oldest business constructing in Mariposa (est 1849) and beneath a neon signal that mentioned “Gold Coin” was a ramen restaurant and wine bar. It sounded so random, we needed to see it for our ourselves. The Little Shop of Ramen restaurant was juxtaposed with big historic murals of early explorers, and floor-to-ceiling racks of California wine. “Will you be joining us for lunch?” mentioned the co-owner Travis. When we noticed vegan ramen on the menu with slow-cooked shitake inventory, we have been offered. Travis went on to elucidate the wine choice and a bit about The Local Grape. He curates the perfect wine choices from the eight counties that make up the Sierra Foothills AVA and is engaged on his very personal blends with grapes he harvests from forgotten vineyards with the assistance of Mariposa-born and wine-making rockstar, Michael Moore. Today Travis and his spouse Melissa are merging their ardour for wine and Japanese dwelling cooking with this restaurant that’s shaking up Central Californian delicacies. “Ramen is such a good food for the soul…comfort food,” says Melissa who grew up in a Japanese-American family. “And wine,” says Travis, “well, it makes you smile.” We can’t consider a greater mixture or a extra lovable pair to deliver them collectively.

Travel Tip: In different enjoyable details, ask Travis concerning the days when the constructing had an upstairs brothel and a tunnel system that went to the mines and a 150-year-old Catholic church. This place is filled with superb tales! And on the subject of having fun with the perfect of their delicacies, rating a Tuesday reservation for his or her weekly Omakase dinner and wine pairing.
 

Sierra Cider: Dana & David

Best things to do around Yosemite, Sierra CiderOn a sunny fall day, nothing sounded higher than a cider tasting in a century-old apple orchard. The earlier house owners Beth and Dave Lancaster have been quietly selecting their 800 apple timber and crafting cider for eating places for many years however their pretty orchard wasn’t open to the general public till they handed the reigns to Dana Tiel and David Bailey in 2021. As a younger couple who moved from LA, they’re the primary to confess they’d rather a lot to study farming. “We never would have taken over this farm if Dave & Beth weren’t right next door and willing to teach us how to grow apples and make great cider.” With a can-do angle, artistic promoting background, and love of occasion planning, Dana & David turned the model into the vacation spot cidery it was meant to be. We drove down their tree-lined highway and instantly felt these heat and fuzzy fall vibes. Sierra Cider’s shipping-container tasting room has been revamped with reclaimed wooden partitions, a glass storage door, and a roof deck that appears over their 16 acres. Dana and David greeted us like outdated buddies and supplied up a sampler of their enjoyable blends on faucet: Sneaky Tiki (rum notes), Breakfast (trace of maple), and Chunky Sweater (mulled spices, prepared for the vacations). We took our flight to their patio, embellished with all issues fall and contemplated which sport to play first…large Jenga, Connect Four, ladder ball, shuffleboard, to not point out, hay rides and the wood-fired pizza oven have been about to spark up. Sierra Cider’s tasting room could solely be open on Fridays and Saturdays, however when they’re…they’re throwing it down with meals vans, s’mores roasting, and main occasions like their Tortured Orchard Halloween Extravaganza. (Follow their Instagram, these two are hysterical and clearly having a lot enjoyable down on the farm.)

Travel Tip: For an insider expertise, e book a private tasting and orchard tour on Airbnb Experiences, or higher but keep in a single day of their Barn Loft to have the place to your self any day of the week!
 

The Grove House: Nate & Rosalyn

best things to do around yosemite, grove house music venueMariposa on a weekend means superior acts are taking part in at The Grove House. The proprietor Nate Pyle grew up on the town, went off to varsity in Arizona, then simply as he and his girlfriend Rosalyn have been graduating, a business area went up on the market in Mariposa. They determined to show their love of music into a brand new life collectively. With their prime location, midway between the music hubs of LA and San Francisco, the Pyles knew that in the event that they created a stellar area with craft beers and farm-to-table meals, they have been effectively positioned to draw stable acts. On high of that, Mariposa yearned for a artistic group area. “This town is full of incredible artists and craftsman,” mentioned Nate. “They just needed a place to showcase their work, to find each other, and have a gathering place where all are welcome and feel safe to meet and share ideas.” During our night time at The Grove House, it was a pleasant mix of locals and worldwide vacationers in mountain climbing boots, gathered round their 16-tap bar and people musicians taking part in acoustic and slide guitars. Nate got here as much as say hello and see how we favored our vegan Squashed Squash Sandwich and the Ted Nunes Band, and we felt proper at dwelling.
 

Mariposa Trails: Bill & Beth

Volunteering in Yosemite with Mariposa TrailsAfter our wild night time on the Grove House (and the awesomely divey Hideout Saloon), it was an early morning on the Alder Creek Trailhead. But with Yosemite National Park’s 748,000 acres and the adjoining Sierra National Forest’s 1.3 million acres, Bill King and Beth Kellner of Mariposa Trails want as many volunteers as they’ll get. On the facet of the highway, they laid out the work instruments (hoes, loppers, and extractigators) we might use to deal with the invasive species and trail-crowding timber alongside the 22-mile path. Alongside locals, ranging in age from 20 to 70, we slung our instruments over our shoulders and walked right into a facet of the park most vacationers by no means see. Along the way in which, Bill stopped to level out varied “tree blazes,” path markings from the area’s earliest keepers. We noticed a “T” for troops, and Bill took it as a chance to present a studying from the world’s early explorers, detailing accounts of the bountiful flora, fauna, and towering peaks of the Sierra Nevadas. He didn’t simply deliver us out right here for the free labor, he needed us to fall in love with the land. “Restoring trails is a means to building community,” Bill later informed me between swinging a hoe. “Beth and I love knitting people together with nature and each other…and we both like getting our hands in the dirt.” Trail upkeep is difficult work, however I wasn’t about to decelerate seeing this couple on their arms and knees chopping incense cedar saplings (a infamous tinder for forest fires). When lunchtime got here, we sat along with mud on our faces, laughing about our battles with deerbrush roots and small victories saving sugar pine saplings. We have been not a bunch of attorneys, waitresses, bloggers, and retirees, we have been a crew.

Travel Tip: You can be part of Mariposa Trails most Wednesdays and Saturdays for these rewarding trail-maintenance hikes. Check out their volunteer work schedule and multi-day adventures with these Yosemite insiders.
 

Yosemite National Park: Shelly & Corey

Best things to do around Wawona yosemiteOne of our fellow volunteer path employees was a Yosemite park ranger…who was married to a park ranger! We have been so struck by the truth that Shelly and her husband Corey have been already dedicating their lives to serving this wilderness space, and but even on her time off she was doing group service for the park. As we yanked invasive species, she informed me about their authentic dream to get stationed in Yosemite Valley with El Capitan and Half Dome trying over them. Though as destiny would have it, she informed me, “We now work and live in Wawona, the most beautiful quiet gem of Yosemite.” This space is the oldest settlement within the park and residential to the Yosemite History Center, the place cabins of many Nineteenth-century panorama artists and early environmental advocates resided, dozens of beautiful hikes start, and never many vacationers go. We took her recommendation to discover Wawona, with a enjoyable riverbed rock scramble as much as Chilnualna Falls and a dip within the stunning Swinging Bridge swimming gap. Instead of spending all our time inside the enduring Valley, we too found the serene facet of Yosemite.

Travel Tip: To shake the crowds and revel in old-growth forest, hike the Guardian’s Loop path above the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and take the time to drive California’s highest freeway, Tioga Pass, for unimaginable mountain views and the beautiful Tenaya Lake.
 

Skydive Yosemite: Paul & Julia

skydiving near yosemiteI’ve at all times been on the fence about skydiving, however the likelihood to take a scenic flight over Yosemite National Park then freefall over this iconic swath of terrain, instantly made it sound like an incredible thought. Butterflies have been definitely circling round my abdomen as we pulled into the Mariposa Airport, however the workforce at Skydive Yosemite has a means of placing folks relaxed. Co-founders Paul and Julia Wignall met working at Yosemite in 1996 and have become associates over their love of journey sports activities. Their paths diverged for a number of years whereas Paul toured Europe as an excellent mannequin, working for the likes of Valentino and Gucci, however he at all times saved in contact with Julia—who was working her personal trend model within the States! Destined to be intertwined in life, love, and journey, they began working within the skydiving business collectively and in the end bought married and had youngsters. When they noticed a chance to develop into the primary skydiving operation within the Yosemite space, they knew it was meant to be. Julia, who’s the parachute rigger and drop-zone organizer bought us prepared for takeoff and Paul (who’s achieved over 9,000 jumps) made positive our instructors and pilot have been able to rock. “We couldn’t run this operation without each other,” mentioned Paul. Next factor we knew, we have been loading right into a Cessna and hovering to 14,000 toes (their highest drop zone). We did a sweep of Yosemite Valley to see Half Dome and El Cap in all their glory and get amped for the wild experience forward. “How do you want jump?” requested my teacher. “If you don’t want to look down, you can lock eyes with Mike and we can just backflip out the door.” Sounded smart sufficient and out we went, squealing and smiling all the way in which down. Watch our unimaginable 60-second freefall over Yosemite, studying to deploy and steer a parachute, and the stoked look on our faces.

Travel Tip: Skydive Yosemite has a totally kitted out and super cute campervan for rent. Mix up your lodging and adventures in Yosemite for a pair nights with style of VanLife!
 

Coulter Cafe & General Store: Dawn & Kim

Coulter Cafe and owners Kim and DawnDriving the historic Highway 49, the switchback highway that connects California’s authentic gold rush cities, we reached Coulterville on the north finish of the county. Once a inhabitants of 5,000 folks with 10 accommodations and 25 saloons, the present headcount is round 125 folks. We strolled previous false-front buildings with wood balconies and swinging doorways, peeked into vintage shops and dusty bars, and solely handed a handful of individuals—however each greeted us with a “Good morning” or a “How’s it going.” Coulterville made Reader’s Digest’s record of “Nicest Places in America” and life companions and co-owners of the Coulter Cafe & General Store have rather a lot to do with that. When Dawn Huston & Kim Brisack moved to city in 2015, shortly after locals misplaced their primary hangout spot in a hearth, they determined to make use of their background as nonprofit employees and group organizers, to show the outdated retailer into the brand new hub. “We saw a huge potential for the cafe to be a place where the community could come together and also attract people from metropolitan areas,” mentioned Dawn. “We wanted it to be a place that appealed to a wide variety of people, so it was important to have vegan, gluten free, and organic options in addition to our comfort food.” Come summer season weekends, they host concert events on their spacious patio, the place all of the proceeds go to native non-profits. “We don’t really make any money here,” mentioned Dawn. “But it’s a good community resource. And that makes me really happy.” We went into the shop for lunch and realized it was additionally the customer heart. What began as a mission to get a roasted-mushroom sandwich was a full-on journey planning session with the man behind the counter. He despatched us off with maps and a plan to camp and kayak on the waterfront websites alongside Lake McSwain. Dawn and Kim are at the moment within the course of of coaching two of their workers to be the brand new house owners. “Over the next two years we are mentoring them in all aspects of running a business, the specifics of the cafe/store and the importance of being a good community member,” mentioned Kim. It’s already working.

Travel Tip: Be positive to catch Coulter Cafe’s Summer Sunday concert events and comply with their Facebook page for extra occasions like visitor chef brunches. In 2023, Coulterville’s historic Jeffrey Hotel is having its grand reopening, so you possibly can spend the night time after a number of drinks of their 1850s saloon.
 

Good Vibes

Yosemite Nation and HoneyTrekWe at all times say that within the scheme of the world’s prettiest locations, the most stunning come right down to the folks. There’s one thing particular occurring in Mariposa County, and the UNESCO World Heritage Park is just the start. Stay awhile and the locals’ ardour for this place and their willingness to share it offers Mariposa County its particular sauce.
 

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For extra of our favourite pics and enjoyable details about larger Yosemite, see our Facebook gallery.

Big because of Yosemite Nation for inviting HoneyTrek to go to and share the story of this inspiring group! To present our gratitude to the folks of Mariposa County, now we have donated to the next organizations: Yosemite Climbing Association, Mariposa Trails, and The Mariposa Community Foundation.





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The Best Things to Do in Yosemite & The Inspiring Couples Behind Them

The Best Things to Do in Yosemite & The Inspiring


Things to do in YosemiteAs a pair that gave up just about every part (home, job, neighborhood, most possessions, and many others.) to observe a dream, we’re all the time looking out for our tribe. We scoured the globe for badass touring duos to share their favourite place and piece of recommendation in our guide Ultimate Journeys for Two. We’ve made some extent to pen-pal and wine-Zoom with like-minded {couples} we’ve met in Argentina, Norway, Slovenia, Costa Rica, and different far-off locations to maintain that sense of neighborhood in our nomadic lives. Pairs like this may be arduous to come back by, however one way or the other after we got here to Mariposa County, we met inspiring {couples} left and proper…a pair of promoting execs that ditched all of it for a cider apple farm…well being care professionals who determined they’d quite be restoring forgotten vineyards…San Francisco night time membership homeowners who determined to convey music and neighborhood to a ghost city. We have been initially planning to put in writing a conventional information on one of the best issues to do in Yosemite, however one thing greater appeared to be brewing behind the locations to remain, eat, and store. There is a number of coronary heart behind these small companies and that’s what makes them must-see locations. Meet the artistic {couples} serving to make Mariposa probably the greatest locations to discover in California!
 

Mariposa Museum: John & Jessie

Best things to do in Yosemite, visit the Mariposa Museum and Historic CenterHeading to the native museum is all the time a great way to grasp a brand new place—and Mariposa’s simply occurs to be the Smithsonian’s choose for “Best Little Museum in the West.” Walking into the Mariposa Museum and History Center, we were transported to a 19th-century general store selling provisions for gold miners and homesteaders, followed by a Miwok Native American dwelling covered in cedar bark, and rich California history at every turn. Our guide Chris walked us through Mariposa’s many eras, from Native American tribes to Spanish settlement to Mexican territory to the gold rush era that transformed California. “Though if there is one family that revolutionized Mariposa, it’s The Fremonts.” John Fremont was an early American explorer of the West and married a politician’s daughter and accomplished writer, Jessie Benton. In the mid 1800s congress funded his survey of the Oregon Trail, the Great Basin, and the Sierra Nevadas and together they authored best-selling travel guides (basically the Lonely Planet for Conestoga Wagons lol) to help the hundreds of thousands voyaging west. The Fremonts got one of the first land grants from Mexico: “Las Mariposas.” As luck would have it, their 40,000 acres would become the heart of gold country. Their wealth and influence earned him a Senate seat and their anti-slavery position helped secure his bid as the first-ever Republican candidate for president. But his allure was always them as a pair, even his political slogan was “Fremont and Jessie too.” Forward-thinkers, adventurers, and dynamic duo, John and Jessie are the foundation of the “Mother of all Counties.”

Travel Tip: Don’t miss the Mariposa Museum’s outdoor exhibits, which include a massive stamp mill, a working blacksmith shop, and the original Mariposa Gazette offices from 1854—California’s longest running weekly newspaper. (Check out this article they wrote about us).
 

Little Shop of Ramen & The Local Grape:
Travis & Melissa

Best things to do in YosemiteWe walked the principle road, admiring the Nineteenth-century buildings, charming outlets, and yummy resturants. In the oldest business constructing in Mariposa (est 1849) and beneath a neon signal that mentioned “Gold Coin” was a ramen restaurant and wine bar. It sounded so random, we needed to see it for our ourselves. The Little Shop of Ramen restaurant was juxtaposed with large historic murals of early explorers, and floor-to-ceiling racks of California wine. “Will you be joining us for lunch?” mentioned the co-owner Travis. When we noticed vegan ramen on the menu with slow-cooked shitake inventory, we have been bought. Travis went on to clarify the wine choice and a bit about The Local Grape. He curates one of the best wine picks from the eight counties that make up the Sierra Foothills AVA and is engaged on his very personal blends with grapes he harvests from forgotten vineyards with the assistance of Mariposa-born and wine-making rockstar, Michael Moore. Today Travis and his spouse Melissa are merging their ardour for wine and Japanese residence cooking with this restaurant that’s shaking up Central Californian delicacies. “Ramen is such a good food for the soul…comfort food,” says Melissa who grew up in a Japanese-American family. “And wine,” says Travis, “well, it makes you smile.” We can’t consider a greater mixture or a extra lovely pair to convey them collectively.

Travel Tip: In different enjoyable info, ask Travis in regards to the days when the constructing had an upstairs brothel and a tunnel system that went to the mines and a 150-year-old Catholic church. This place is filled with wonderful tales! And relating to having fun with one of the best of their delicacies, rating a Tuesday reservation for his or her weekly Omakase dinner and wine pairing.
 

Sierra Cider: Dana & David

Best things to do in Yosemite, Sierra CiderOn a sunny fall day, nothing sounded higher than a cider tasting in a century-old apple orchard. The earlier homeowners Beth and Dave Lancaster have been quietly selecting their 800 apple timber and crafting cider for eating places for many years however their beautiful orchard wasn’t open to the general public till they handed the reigns to Dana Tiel and David Bailey in 2021. As a younger couple who moved from LA, they’re the primary to confess that they had quite a bit to study farming. “We never would have taken over this farm if Dave & Beth weren’t right next door and willing to teach us how to grow apples and make great cider.” With a can-do perspective, artistic promoting background, and love of occasion planning, Dana & David turned the model into the vacation spot cidery it was meant to be. We drove down their tree-lined highway and instantly felt these heat and fuzzy fall vibes. Sierra Cider’s shipping-container tasting room has been revamped with reclaimed wooden partitions, a glass storage door, and a roof deck that appears over their 16 acres. Dana and David greeted us like outdated buddies and supplied up a sampler of their enjoyable blends on faucet: Sneaky Tiki (rum notes), Breakfast (trace of maple), and Chunky Sweater (mulled spices, prepared for the vacations). We took our flight to their patio, embellished with all issues fall and contemplated which sport to play first…large Jenga, Connect Four, ladder ball, shuffleboard, to not point out, hay rides and the wood-fired pizza oven have been about to spark up. Sierra Cider’s tasting room might solely be open on Fridays and Saturdays, however when they’re…they’re throwing it down with meals vans, s’mores roasting, and main occasions like their Tortured Orchard Halloween Extravaganza. (Follow their Instagram, these two are hysterical and clearly having a lot enjoyable down on the farm.)

Travel Tip: For an insider expertise, guide a private tasting and orchard tour on Airbnb Experiences, or higher but keep in a single day of their Barn Loft to have the place to your self any day of the week!
 

The Grove House: Nate & Rosalyn

best things to do in yosemite, grove house music venueMariposa on a weekend means superior acts are taking part in at The Grove House. The proprietor Nate Pyle grew up on the town, went off to varsity in Arizona, then simply as he and his girlfriend Rosalyn have been graduating, a business area went up on the market in Mariposa. They determined to show their love of music into a brand new life collectively. With their prime location, midway between the music hubs of LA and San Francisco, the Pyles knew that in the event that they created a stellar area with craft beers and farm-to-table meals, they have been nicely positioned to draw strong acts. On high of that, Mariposa yearned for a artistic neighborhood area. “This town is full of incredible artists and craftsman,” mentioned Nate. “They just needed a place to showcase their work, to find each other, and have a gathering place where all are welcome and feel safe to meet and share ideas.” During our night time at The Grove House, it was a pleasant mix of locals and worldwide vacationers in climbing boots, gathered round their 16-tap bar and folks musicians taking part in acoustic and slide guitars. Nate got here as much as say hello and see how we appreciated our vegan Squashed Squash Sandwich and the Ted Nunes Band, and we felt proper at residence.
 

Mariposa Trails: Bill & Beth

Volunteering in Yosemite with Mariposa TrailsAfter our wild night time on the Grove House (and the awesomely divey Hideout Saloon), it was an early morning on the Alder Creek Trailhead. But with Yosemite National Park’s 748,000 acres and the adjoining Sierra National Forest’s 1.3 million acres, Bill King and Beth Kellner of Mariposa Trails want as many volunteers as they’ll get. On the aspect of the highway, they laid out the work instruments (hoes, loppers, and extractigators) we’d use to deal with the invasive species and trail-crowding timber alongside the 22-mile path. Alongside locals, ranging in age from 20 to 70, we slung our instruments over our shoulders and walked right into a aspect of the park most vacationers by no means see. Along the best way, Bill stopped to level out numerous “tree blazes,” path markings from the area’s earliest keepers. We noticed a “T” for troops, and Bill took it as a possibility to provide a studying from the realm’s early explorers, detailing accounts of the bountiful flora, fauna, and towering peaks of the Sierra Nevadas. He didn’t simply convey us out right here for the free labor, he wished us to fall in love with the land. “Restoring trails is a means to building community,” Bill later informed me between swinging a hoe. “Beth and I love knitting people together with nature and each other…and we both like getting our hands in the dirt.” Trail upkeep is tough work, however I wasn’t about to decelerate seeing this couple on their arms and knees slicing incense cedar saplings (a infamous tinder for forest fires). When lunchtime got here, we sat along with mud on our faces, laughing about our battles with deerbrush roots and small victories saving sugar pine saplings. We have been not a bunch of legal professionals, waitresses, bloggers, and retirees, we have been a crew.

Travel Tip: You can be a part of Mariposa Trails most Wednesdays and Saturdays for these rewarding trail-maintenance hikes. Check out their volunteer work schedule and multi-day adventures with these Yosemite insiders.
 

Yosemite National Park: Shelly & Corey

Best things to do in Wawona yosemiteOne of our fellow volunteer path employees was a Yosemite park ranger…who was married to a park ranger! We have been so struck by the truth that Shelly and her husband Corey have been already dedicating their lives to serving this wilderness space, and but even on her time off she was doing neighborhood service for the park. As we yanked invasive species, she informed me about their unique dream to get stationed in Yosemite Valley with El Capitan and Half Dome wanting over them. Though as destiny would have it, she informed me, “We now work and live in Wawona, the most beautiful quiet gem of Yosemite.” This space is the oldest settlement within the park and residential to the Yosemite History Center, the place cabins of many Nineteenth-century panorama artists and early environmental advocates resided, dozens of attractive hikes start, and never many vacationers go. We took her recommendation to discover Wawona, with a enjoyable riverbed rock scramble as much as Chilnualna Falls and a dip within the lovely Swinging Bridge swimming gap. Instead of spending all our time inside the enduring Valley, we too found the serene aspect of Yosemite.

Travel Tip: To shake the crowds and luxuriate in old-growth forest, hike the Guardian’s Loop path above the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias and take the time to drive California’s highest freeway, Tioga Pass, for unimaginable mountain views and the beautiful Tenaya Lake.
 

Skydive Yosemite: Paul & Julia

skydiving near yosemiteI’ve all the time been on the fence about skydiving, however the probability to take a scenic flight over Yosemite National Park then freefall over this iconic swath of terrain, all of a sudden made it sound like a terrific concept. Butterflies have been definitely circling round my abdomen as we pulled into the Mariposa Airport, however the staff at Skydive Yosemite has a approach of placing individuals relaxed. Co-founders Paul and Julia Wignall met working at Yosemite in 1996 and have become buddies over their love of journey sports activities. Their paths diverged for a number of years whereas Paul toured Europe as a brilliant mannequin, working for the likes of Valentino and Gucci, however he all the time saved in contact with Julia—who was working her personal vogue model within the States! Destined to be intertwined in life, love, and journey, they began working within the skydiving trade collectively and in the end bought married and had youngsters. When they noticed a possibility to turn into the primary skydiving operation within the Yosemite space, they knew it was meant to be. Julia, who’s the parachute rigger and drop-zone organizer bought us prepared for takeoff and Paul (who’s finished over 9,000 jumps) made certain our instructors and pilot have been able to rock. “We couldn’t run this operation without each other,” mentioned Paul. Next factor we knew, we have been loading right into a Cessna and hovering to 14,000 ft (their highest drop zone). We did a sweep of Yosemite Valley to see Half Dome and El Cap in all their glory and get amped for the wild experience forward. “How do you want jump?” requested my teacher. “If you don’t want to look down, you can lock eyes with Mike and we can just backflip out the door.” Sounded smart sufficient and out we went, squealing and smiling all the best way down. Watch our unimaginable 60-second freefall over Yosemite, studying to deploy and steer a parachute, and the stoked look on our faces.

Travel Tip: Skydive Yosemite has a completely kitted out and super cute campervan for rent. Mix up your lodging and adventures in Yosemite for a pair nights with style of VanLife!
 

Coulter Cafe & General Store: Dawn & Kim

Coulter Cafe and owners Kim and DawnDriving the historic Highway 49, the switchback highway that connects California’s unique gold rush cities, we reached Coulterville on the north finish of the county. Once a inhabitants of 5,000 individuals with 10 resorts and 25 saloons, the present headcount is round 125 individuals. We strolled previous false-front buildings with picket balconies and swinging doorways, peeked into vintage shops and dusty bars, and solely handed a handful of individuals—however each greeted us with a “Good morning” or a “How’s it going.” Coulterville made Reader’s Digest’s record of “Nicest Places in America” and life companions and co-owners of the Coulter Cafe & General Store have quite a bit to do with that. When Dawn Huston & Kim Brisack moved to city in 2015, shortly after locals misplaced their most important hangout spot in a fireplace, they determined to make use of their background as nonprofit employees and neighborhood organizers, to show the outdated retailer into the brand new hub. “We saw a huge potential for the cafe to be a place where the community could come together and also attract people from metropolitan areas,” mentioned Dawn. “We wanted it to be a place that appealed to a wide variety of people, so it was important to have vegan, gluten free, and organic options in addition to our comfort food.” Come summer season weekends, they host concert events on their spacious patio, the place all of the proceeds go to native non-profits. “We don’t really make any money here,” mentioned Dawn. “But it’s a good community resource. And that makes me really happy.” We went into the shop for lunch and realized it was additionally the customer heart. What began as a mission to get a roasted-mushroom sandwich was a full-on journey planning session with the man behind the counter. He despatched us off with maps and a plan to camp and kayak on the waterfront websites alongside Lake McSwain. Dawn and Kim are at present within the course of of coaching two of their employees to be the brand new homeowners. “Over the next two years we are mentoring them in all aspects of running a business, the specifics of the cafe/store and the importance of being a good community member,” mentioned Kim. It’s already working.

Travel Tip: Be certain to catch Coulter Cafe’s Summer Sunday concert events and observe their Facebook page for extra occasions like visitor chef brunches. In 2023, Coulterville’s historic Jeffrey Hotel is having its grand reopening, so you’ll be able to spend the night time after a number of drinks of their 1850s saloon.
 

Good Vibes

Yosemite Nation and HoneyTrekWe all the time say that within the scheme of the world’s prettiest locations, the most lovely come right down to the individuals. There’s one thing particular occurring in Mariposa County, and the UNESCO World Heritage Park is only the start. Stay awhile and the locals’ ardour for this place and their willingness to share it offers Mariposa County its particular sauce.
 

Best Things to Do in Yosemite Nation

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For extra of our favourite pics and enjoyable info about higher Yosemite, see our Facebook gallery.

Big because of Yosemite Nation for inviting HoneyTrek to go to and share the story of this inspiring neighborhood! To present our gratitude to the individuals of Mariposa County, now we have donated to the next organizations: Yosemite Climbing Association, Mariposa Trails, and The Mariposa Community Foundation.





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17 Unforgettable Moments from 3,000 Days on the Road

17 Unforgettable Moments from 3,000 Days on the Road


Unbelievable travel stories

Traveling every single day since 2102, we’ve gained a treasure trove of reminiscences. We’ve seen the dawn over 20,000-foot peaks, walked the streets of historic civilizations, and met lots of of individuals we now name buddies. Countless moments introduced a smile to our face, although there are a number of which have left a deep imprint on our coronary heart and soul. Of course we included our first days in Amazon-jungle survival faculty and the Kenyan cheetah leaping on our automotive, however we’ve additionally added a slew of never-told tales. Here are among the funniest, wildest, most romantic, and favourite journey tales from 3,000 days on honeymoon.
 

Polish Hospitality in a Pandemic

Poland in a pandemic

We are at present COVID-quarantined in a rental camper in Poland. While this campervan has nearly every little thing we must be self-sufficient and we’re seasoned RVers, it began to get tough when all public services closed and we had been working dangerously low on water. We turned to our devoted tenting app and noticed {that a} close by household farm was listed as pleasant to RVers. Using Google Translate, we texted the farmhost about our plight and like a miracle on so many ranges, she wrote again, “Sure, come by.” When this petite grandma opened the gate, we anticipated her to level us to a nook of the yard; as a substitute, she greeted us with pure smiles and insisted we be a part of her for espresso and her selfmade goat cheese. Of course, we all know the social distancing tips, however how might we are saying no to such fearless generosity? With the magical powers of Google Translate conservation-mode, we shared tales from our journey and realized about her farm-life and goat cheese enterprise which she runs single-handedly. When we advised her of Mike’s Polish roots and pierogie Christmas dinners, she invited us again for a cooking lesson. We stuffed cabbage with lentils and put them within the oven. The subsequent step she mentioned, “We must bake it for an hour and drink wine while we wait.” We spent 5 unimaginable days on Eva’s farm, studying to take advantage of goats, watching her new child horse observe its trot, and gathering across the desk for conventional Polish meals. Before we left, we translated our visitor e-book entry about “Eva the Travel Angel” and, COVID be damned, it resulted in a weepy-eyed hug. She despatched us off along with her “antivirus,” a bottle of selfmade quince vodka and her motherly love.

 

The Grand Slam of Whale Watching


Our Alaska Expedition ship pulled into Chatham Strait, the deepest glacier-carved fjord on this planet and a favourite spot for humpback bubble-net feeding. This is a realized conduct, identified by just a few hundred whales on this planet, and mostly seen in Southeast Alaska. The captain noticed the telltale signal, dozens of birds swarming round churning water, and instantly threw the morning’s itinerary out the window. The crew lowered the hydrophone into the ocean and we listened to the humpbacks calling. There had been seven whales “cooperative feeding,” a strategy of encircling a college of fish whereas blowing a “net” of nice bubbles, then concurrently capturing to the floor with mouths agape to swallow them in a single dramatic swoop. Watch this video to see how this phenomenon performed out—not as soon as, however 9 occasions!!!

 

The Wrath of a Volcano & Kindness in El Salvador

Santa Ana Volcano Hike

Extreme winds had closed the path to Santa Ana Volcano however a Salvadorean-Dutch household of hikers wasn’t going to simply accept such information from the ranger. They had finished this route many occasions earlier than and satisfied him that we might safely ascend as a bunch. After 20 minutes of cajoling, he mentioned, “Well, I guess you aren’t hiking with small children and no one’s been drinking, so you can go–but at your own risk!” We had been off to an excellent begin within the forest, not realizing that the timber had been softening the cruel winds and actuality of the climate situations. Zigzagging up the cone, we encountered a bunch of school children with mussed hair and large eyes; they instructed we flip round. Two of our group members took their recommendation, however our lead Dutchman, Johannes, was decided to press on. And if he was doing it on the age of 65 (and in loafers), we had been going to hitch him on the high. About 1 / 4 mile from the height we had been sprinting between boulders, utilizing them as shields from the flying pumice stones. When there was nothing to guard us from the particles and the wind was too sturdy to face up straight, we crawled on our palms and knees all the way in which to the crater—an abyss sadly socked in with clouds. Just after we felt like we risked our lives for nothing, an enormous gust revealed a gorgeous emerald physique of water. It might have solely been for a number of seconds, however the wind gods rewarded our adventerous spirits and we couldn’t have been extra grateful. After surviving such an expertise collectively, Johannes requested us “Where are you guys sleeping tonight? And in the same breath, “You should stay with us.” We already had a visitor room booked and had no thought what sort of lodging state of affairs this household was providing, however we knew we simply survived the one craziest hike of our lives, and we would have liked to have a good time collectively. Their home turned out to to be a mansion straight out of the Real World, with 4 tales, expansive terraces, and a pool overlooking the nation’s largest lake. We all cracked open Suprema beers, as we watched the solar set over the volcano we had simply conquered and felt good to be alive.

 

Utah Homesteading

Trusted Housesitters

A pair that learn Ultimate Journeys for Two reached for further housesitting ideas, and ultimately requested if we’d be their sitters throughout their six-country journey. They mentioned, “We live within two hours of six national parks and monuments, have a view of the Abajo Mountains, and are backed up to a red rock canyon and pond. Plus, we’re park rangers so we can show you the best hikes and hidden archaeology sites.” Sounded wonderful to us. Then got here the half about their 2 canines, 3 cats, 7 pet turkeys, and 24 chickens. We aren’t intimidated by a lot, however 36 pets and a pair of bee hives gave us pause. We checked out one another because the silence grew louder on the interview name and mentioned, “What the heck, let’s do it!” A month later, we had turkeys for finest buddies, had been making our personal kombucha and sourdough bread, hiked trails you’d must be a ranger to know, and lived as an area amongst Navajo and Mormans in one of the culturally advanced areas within the the nation. We love housesitting as a result of it permits us to strive alternative ways of life, be taught new expertise, and provides pet-owners the possibility to go and discover the world.

 

British Columbia Breakdown & Pick Me Up

Polite Canadians

We blew a head gasket in a distant British Columbia coastal village and the closest mechanic was 17 hours away by ferry with a three-day layover on Bella Bella Island. We limped off the boat in an embarrassingly thick cloud of tailpipe smoke, and located the closest plot of land to spend the evening. In the morning, we came upon we had been on non-public property, and the Heiltsuk tribal council must resolve the place to place us (since there aren’t any lodges or RV parks on the island). In the center of the assembly, one of many council members, Pam, chimed in “Just stay at my place. I’ve got a big yard with ocean views.” We pulled into her driveway, not too involved with the two×4 planks overlaying a puddle—till considered one of them flipped up and disconnected our grey tank! We had been spilling waste water (from the kitchen, fortunately) throughout this good girl’s yard and had been satisfied she’d rescind her invitation upon seeing this sizzling mess, however no. Instead, she invited us in for a conventional Heiltsuk dinner, launched us to the tribe’s language keepers and canoe carvers, and took us to the island’s one bar the place we sang and clinked glasses with new buddies into the evening. On our closing day, Pam made certain we reached the ferry and the mainland mechanic safely. Enter the Team at McCarthy GM. They spent days transforming Buddy’s engine and rolling him out of the storage every night so we’d have a spot to sleep. Our final evening on the mechanic was additionally day #2,000 of our journey and when our GM buddies bought wind of this…they mentioned, “You will not be spending this milestone day in our parking lot. We’ve booked you into a hotel downtown, our treat.” Already flabbergasted by the good gesture, we had been floored by the ocean-view suite, a bottle of bubbly, and observe that mentioned, “Happy 2,000th Day.” You how all people says Canadians are so darn good? It seems they’re even nicer.

 

Reaching the Arctic Circle

Driving the Dempster Highway

“I had a dream of RVing Alaska,” mentioned our mechanic and camper namesake, “Buddy”. With a slurry of well being points, work, and grandbabies preserving him near dwelling, this forlorn 72-year-old man instilled an Alaskan wanderlust in us from our very first day of RV possession. We needed to get there for him and ourselves, we simply didn’t know if this 1985 four-cylinder relic might make the arduous journey. Two summers of highway tripping glided by and, save from the southernmost ghost city of Hyder, the Last Frontier evaded us. We’ll admit, it sounded intimidatingly far, rugged, huge, and out of our league, however you by no means know till you strive. Giving Buddy the Camper the absolute best odds, we bought new tires, a brake job (by Mike), and a full tune-up. By July sixth we had been crossing the Canadian border and heading for the Alaska Highway. Scaling the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia and braving the rugged roads of the Yukon, Buddy took the gradual and regular method. But after driving to the bottom of glaciers, boondocking on riverbanks, and blazing the gravel path into the Arctic Circle, Buddy lastly made it!

 

Couchingsurfing Karma

Glacier National Park

While standing in a campground/lodge foyer in Glacier National Park, we overheard a pair of French cyclists sounding distressed. They had simply biked 70 miles over the Canadian border to the Many Glaciers campground solely to seek out their reservation was canceled as a result of bear exercise and the closest campground was a 20-mile journey away. The lodge entrance desk attendant was not sympathetic to their state of affairs or pleas for a lowered room price, even because the younger girl was on the verge of tears. Mike and I checked out one another, considering of all of the unimaginable individuals all over the world which have helped us in a pinch, and we determined to ask them to remain in our camper. We gave them the caveat that we had been tenting semi-illegally in a parking zone, solely had 104-square ft for the 4 of us, and we wouldn’t be offended in the event that they declined the supply, however they gave us a powerful, “Oui, yes, merci!” We cooked dinner collectively, shared tales, and had an superior time internet hosting our first camper-couchsurfers. If the highway has taught us something, it’s that there’s a circle of giving and it feels so good to take your flip.

 

Amazonian Life Skills

Canoeing Amazon River


It was day 4 of this eight-year journey all over the world, and we had been in the midst of the Amazon jungle with a canoe, hammock, machete, and fishing line. Our information Cristóvão hopped in for a dip (in the identical water we simply caught a dozen hungry piranha!) and we thought, “Maybe we aren’t ready for this?” Cristóvão was born and raised within the Amazon. His actions appeared easy—constructing a rain shelter from palm leaves, whittling a blowdart gun, foraging for fruits, and navigating the unknown. His lifestyle was utterly totally different from ours again within the States, and we had so a lot to be taught from him. In our 5 days collectively, he taught us to adapt to our surroundings, be resourceful, and be affected person. At the time we thought he was educating us methods to survive within the jungle; we later realized these classes had been making ready us for our journey round this wild world.
 

Close Encounters of the Cheetah Kind

Masai Mara safari


We marveled at a cheetah gracefully shifting throughout the savanna, looking for a better vantage level to seek out her prey. We locked eyes and she or he modified course towards our safari car. Excitement was shortly morphing into concern, then pounce! The cheetah leapt onto the rim of our open roof. Our hearts had been lodged in our throats, as she kneaded her paws on the new metallic. Not eager to scare her (or make her slip!), however needing to seize this unfathomable second, I reached for my digital camera. Just after I began filming, as if on cue, the cat walked inches from Anne’s head, and sauntered down the hood. We took our first breath in what appeared like an eternity—thanking our fortunate stars we didn’t flip into cat meals and that we caught the entire thing on video!
 

Tet New Year with our Red Dzao Family

Red Dzao new year


We had been scouting a language program within the mountains round Sapa, Vietnam for the Do Good As You Go, a corporation that connects vacationers with no-cost volunteer alternatives. To do that, we signed up as lecturers for the week—and never simply any week, however the days main as much as the Tet New Year. The Red Dzao college students had been so grateful for the English classes, that they thanked us with a number of invites to pre-Tet dinners and a really unique spirit cleaning ceremony. Standing shoulder to shoulder with our college students, because the excessive priest threw smoking embers within the air, chickens had been sacrificed, and males danced in a hypnotic state, we ushered within the New Year as a Red Dzao household.
 

Wadi Rum Party Bus


In the Petra parking zone, we determined to board a bus filled with Jordanian ladies…going within the improper route. We didn’t know precisely the place they had been headed or after they’d make it to our vacation spot, however we knew it was going to be an attention-grabbing journey. We climbed the metallic stairs and had been instantly supplied tea and zaatar-butter sandwiches. Then the music cranked up. “Annie! Mike!” “Come dance!” The bus was going 50mph round hairpin turns, however they didn’t care. These seemingly conservative girl, cloaked in hijabs, had been prepared to chop unfastened and we weren’t about to carry them again. Chanting our names and spinning us spherical and spherical, we laughed till our cheeks harm. Little did we all know the occasion was simply getting began. We reached the Wadi Rum desert because the solar was setting over the purple mountains, and we couldn’t perceive why they’d wish to see this legendary panorama in the dead of night. Then we noticed the strobe lights bouncing off the dunes. Two dance flooring had been arrange, one for males and one other for girls. Our women ordered three hookahs for our desk, additional extending the invitation into their worlds. There wasn’t a single westerner at this occasion…and we felt so honored to have skilled the sunshine and warm-hearted spirit of the Middle East.
 

Renegade Island Hopping the Philippines


We flew to Busuanga to hitch Tao Philippines’ in style tour throughout the Palawan archipelago, however it was booked stable. Determined to make the five-day island-hop, though everybody mentioned there was actually no different means, we went to the docks and sweet-talked a bangka captain. With a kayak, snorkel gear, fishing line, and a bottle of rum, we charted our personal waters, guided by little greater than a intestine feeling. Stopping every time we noticed a reef or abandoned isle that referred to as our title, we explored at will and with out limitations. We free-dived for our dinners, grilled over bonfires, advised tales underneath the celebrities, slept on seashores, and wakened with the solar. When we made it to El Nido harbor, we felt like Captain Cook and a merry band of pirates, with hidden treasures nobody might take from us.
 

Landing on Our Seventh Continent

Neko Harbour, Antarctica


We swung our legs out of the Zodiac and set foot on mainland Antarctica. We virtually ran up the steep mountain, having fun with each slippery step and bits of hail that pelted our faces. We reached a rocky outcropping above the glacier-lined Neko Harbour, and it felt like our 4 years of touring all over the world had been culminating at this one second. This referred to as for champagne. We popped the cork, and the wind despatched glowing wine into the air and up our noses. Giggling from the tickly bubbles, utter pleasure, and full awe, we drank in the milestone moment.
 

A Bath in a Meteor Shower

Verana Mexico Spa


“Follow me to your couples massage,” mentioned the hostess of Verana, a glamping retreat above the seashores of Yelapa, Mexico. She confirmed us to the out of doors spa on the cliffs and over 100 candles had been shimmering across the steaming bathtub, therapeutic massage tables, and flower-covered mattress. Then she mentioned, “It’s yours for the night, enjoy.” Giving one another massages and soaking within the fragrant bathtub, as we watched capturing stars fall round us, despatched us swooning for days.
 

The (Im)Possible Route to Zanzibar

memorable travel moments

Google Maps mentioned the coastal route from Ibo, Mozambique to Zanzibar, Tanzania was nonexistent. But it was lower than 500 miles straight up the coast–how exhausting might that be? So we set sail in a dhow boat, hitchhiked on high of a banana truck, slept in a mud hut, waded by way of a river, rode in a gin-smuggling pickup, and after 14 legs of transit and 4 days on the highway, we made it. It was removed from straightforward, however an unforgettable journey and one which confirmed us there may be at all times a means.
 

Our Back Roads Angel

Motorbiking Thailand


On a 400-mile loop by way of the mountains, rice paddies, and villages from Chaing Mai to Pai, Thailand, we opted for a shortcut over jungle-covered mountains. We had been bobbing, wobbling, and slipping everywhere and simply as we’re nearing the highest of a hill, smoke began billowing out of the engine. There went the clutch. We had been 200 miles from the bike store, we didn’t have cell service, hadn’t seen a home for miles, and it was getting darkish. Trying to not have an emotional breakdown, we sat put and hoped any individual would ultimately come to the rescue. Enter our Back Roads Guardian Angel, Pepitome! He was clearly intoxicated and void of mechanical expertise, however Pepitome was decided to assist. He flagged down the subsequent driver and we caravanned again to Pepitome’s home, the place he insisted we keep till our bike fiasco was fastened. His household set us up with a mattress, cooked us a bountiful dinner, and invited over half the neighborhood to greet us. We shared three extra meals, communed with their livestock, practiced English with the youngsters, and loved two days in a village we’d have by no means discovered with no breakdown and the unimaginable kindness of strangers.
 

It’s Not About the Bucket List

favorite travel memories


On our method to one of many deepest canyons on this planet, hugging the curves of the Andes and yielding to cows, a fiesta of aged Peruvians appeared in the midst of the highway. We crept ahead, assuming they’d transfer to the facet, however as a substitute a girl sporting a conventional embroidered costume knocked on our window. “Come dance!” she mentioned in Spanish with a smile. “You may not pass, until you dance!” Mike and I checked out one another, after which concurrently swung open our doorways. The partygoers cheered and the band of picket devices bought louder. She took our palms and pulled us right into a circle of twirling women. Around and round we went, with leg kicks and hip shakes, till the shot grasp appeared with an earthen jug. He poured us an overflowing chicha corn brew, and we toasted with an exuberant, “Salud!” Arm in arm with our new amigos, we danced till darkish and fortunately by no means made it to the famed canyon. (This story is definitely how Ultimate Journeys for Two begins…and that’s only the start of a e-book of unforgettable experiences.)

We hope these journey tales gave you a smile and reminder of all the great on this planet—even in exhausting occasions! What was your favourite second from our 3,000-day journey?





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HoneyTrek 2021 Year in Review

HoneyTrek 2021 Year in Review


HoneyTrek travel year in review 2021

Is it simply us, or was 2021 in some way more durable than 2020? That first stroke of midnight 364 days in the past felt like a contemporary begin for the world…however as a substitute, it turned a ready sport of “When will this get better?” Upon realizing there wasn’t going to be an “end date,” we acquired vaccinated and moved ahead with warning. Buddy the Camper continued to be our rock, as did housesitting, to maintain exploring whereas having a secure haven. We RVed 11,366 miles across the US, visited our forty fourth nationwide park, backpacked Mexico for 2 months, and took to the ocean in French Polynesia. We took on difficult new tasks, like launching an NFT Art & Gear Collection, reviewing two books, studying to crew a sailboat, and main a #RecreateReponsibly marketing campaign for brand new out of doors fans. And whereas 2021 wasn’t possible anybody’s favourite yr on report, we’re excited to share this annual highlights weblog and say that nothing can cease the magic of journey.
 

SoCal Home Turf Road Trip

southern california road trip

I grew up in Southern California however had no thought how a lot there was to see inside a half-day drive of my childhood residence. In January, Mike and I took three weeks to discover the Mojave National Preserve Desert, Alabama Hills, Death Valley, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Fossil Falls, and Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park, and we had been blown away by their geological wonders and the way few individuals find out about this aspect of California. The better part in regards to the journey was that we didn’t cowl an excessive amount of distance and took time to savor every place. For instance on the unbelievable Fossil Falls, we moved our tenting spot every evening, however by no means greater than a half-mile. Looking at its cinder cone and fossilized waterfalls from barely completely different angles and occasions of day reminded us that discovering new issues may imply wanting slightly nearer.
 

tenth Wedding Anniversary in Mendocino

Mendocino California

March 12, 2021 marked 10 years since we tied the knot! For our anniversary, we street tripped up the PCH and returned to certainly one of our favourite spots in California…Mendocino County! North of the Bay Area, the redwood forests turn out to be thicker, the coast extra rugged, wine nation extra familial, and all the things extra right down to earth. We stayed on the revolutionary Stanford Inn, one of many nation’s first sustainable and vegan motels—and having natural, homegrown, plant-based delicacies delivered to our ocean-view balcony every morning was a slice of heaven! From our Mendocino basecamp, we had all kinds of adventures alongside the coast—canoeing, rail biking, volunteer gardening, whale watching, and plenty extra…see this gallery.
 

Becoming Glamping Magazine Columnists

glamping writers

In spring 2020, International Glamping Business Magazine launched their “Who’s Who of Glamping” situation and guess which peeps made the duvet? Writing the primary e-book on glamping in North America definitely acquired their consideration, however our newer work consulting for glamping camps gave them the concept to not simply characteristic us in that situation, however invite us to be common columnists for his or her journal. We revealed one article per quarter in Glamping Business Americas, sharing takeaways from our 200+ boutique resort & glamping stays around the globe and the way property house owners can create an unforgettable visitor expertise. Check out these articles on the Art of the Check-inRooms to Remember, and Facilitating Fun.
 

Living in “The World’s Best City”

Housesitting San Miguel de Allende

Mexico is a spot we may see ourselves residing sometime, so after we acquired invited to housesit a villa in San Miguel de Allende this spring, we stated ¡Si, Señor! Not simply among the many nation’s best, it was named 2021’s “World’s Best City” by Travel & Leisure. We spent a month right here, having fun with all the things this UNESCO World Heritage Site, artist colony, and heartland metropolis have to supply. Highlights included, impromptu beer making at an underground brewery, my mother becoming a member of us for Easter festivities, geodesic dome glamping, exploring the road artwork tradition, and having essentially the most lovely kitchen to hone my Mexican vegan cooking. Cactus tacos anybody? Check out extra of our adventures in San Miguel and the encompassing state of Guanajuato on this weblog and the remainder of our Mexico journey by way of Jalisco, Morelia, Guerrerro, Oaxaca, and Chiapas on our Instagram.
 

Our Closest Brush with Death

Oaxaca Mountain Roads

As if driving Oaxaca’s Highway 175, with its a whole lot of hairpin turns over an 8,000-foot mountain move (with out seat belts or guardrails) wasn’t harrowing sufficient, it was pouring rain and our minibus driver was vying for a velocity report. Turns out he was no match for the slick roads, and hydroplaned to the left, then whipped the steering wheel to the fitting, and despatched us careening towards the cliff. I noticed the underside of the ravine approaching and time slowed simply sufficient to ponder demise or dismemberment, then—WHACK! We slammed sq. right into a phone pole. It snapped in half and our transmission dragged alongside the remaining stump of jagged wooden till it introduced us to a halt—just a few toes over the sting. We scrambled to the again of the van to maintain it from tipping ahead and hopped out the rear door. Thankfully nobody was injured and dozens of locals stopped to deliver our automotive again to security (with a rope, a chainsaw, and brute energy), however this expertise definitely spent certainly one of our 9 lives. For happier tales from Oaxaca , try our journey information to discover this state’s colonial cities, historical ruins, mezcal nation, and beautiful seashores.
 

Official Book Reviewers

RV experts Mike & Anne Howard

Though we don’t write about vanlife an excessive amount of, we’re proud that we’ve earned some road cred as long-time RVers and authors and had been requested to evaluation not one however two fabulous books on the subject: RV Hacks and The Falcon Guide to Van Life. In each books, we acquired HoneyTrek quotes on the backcover and had been even requested to contribute a piece. These are must-reads for blissful campers, test them out and help these stellar authors!
 

Four Years in a Camper

Buddy joined our HoneyTrek in 2017 and has turn out to be the hero of our nomadic life-style. Home, workplace, and journey cellular, our quirky camper has allowed us to discover North America on a finances (underneath $30 per day) whereas residing life to the fullest! To rejoice his 4th yr within the household and shed some mild on why we determined to turn out to be RVers, we made this video (above) about our life on wheels. Complete with footage from our first days campervanning New Zealand and a current inside tour of our 1985 Sunrader, it’s a take a look at 4 years of full-time RV journey in underneath 5 minutes.
 

Riding the Seattle Heat Wave with a Treehouse-sit

housesitting tips

During the most well liked days of summer time, we attempt to give Buddy (and ourselves) a break, and thought we had discovered the proper hideaway…a two-week housesit with an Architect-designed treehouse and two Corgi showdogs on Bainbridge Island, Washington. It gave the impression of a fool-proof plan, however then this nook of the Pacific Northwest had its hottest temperatures in recorded historical past—during our keep! We made the most effective of it, kayaking within the Puget Sound, taking sluggish walks underneath the shade of the cedar and fir forest, engaged on show-dog tips, and hanging within the kiddy pool with our proficient pups. And Buddy was thrilled to not be driving (with out AC) within the 108-degree climate!
 

Losing My Cousin to Covid

Bob Thumel

My cousin Bobby had a vaccination appointment on April twelfth, 2021 and the week prior, he acquired contaminated with Covid. A born athlete and 45 years younger, he was not within the at-risk class, nor did anybody know he had lung abnormalities. He was within the hospital for 3 months, principally in an induced coma and respiratory by way of a grip of machines, till he handed away on June thirtieth. He left behind a 10-year previous son, a stunning spouse, my Thumel household, and numerous mates who miss him dearly. After going to the memorial service in Denver, we returned to Washington State, solely to search out out his spouse and son had been coming to Lake Chelan, WA to scatter his ashes. She invited us to hitch, so we cleared our schedule on the drop of a hat and drove throughout the state to spend every week with them. Together we celebrated Bobby’s life, swimming, cliff-jumping, wine-drinking, bocce balling, and having enjoyable in his honor…will at all times love you, cuz!
 

#RecreateResponsibly Montana

Recreate Responsibly

Of all of the work we’ve achieved for tourism boards, we’re most happy with our current #RecreateResponsibly campaign for Glacier Country, Montana. In mild of the pandemic’s name for wide-open areas, Western Montana didn’t want extra vacationers—they wanted extra conscious ones. So they requested us to take what we all know as eco-conscious vanlifers, who’ve spent a whole lot of days tenting in public lands, and present individuals methods to go away the forest higher than they discover it. Over the course of a 12-day street journey, we shared the methods we discover authorised boondocking spots, correctly put out a hearth, clear up camp, test our kayak and boots for invasive species, and volunteer and donate wherever we will to conservation orgs. We wrote this weblog in regards to the street journey (you’ll love the International Chainsaw Carving Competition and the tipi glamping we did on the Flathead Reservation) and a Responsible Boondocking article for GlacierMT.com (coming quickly).
 

Launching an NFT Art & Travel Gear Collection

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I can’t imagine we did this, partly as a result of it was so on-trend (we’re by no means that cool) and it was such freaking exhausting work, however we launched an NFT artwork assortment! Uniquely mixing the crypto+artwork+style worlds, our mates at Wearable NFT Art invited us to collaborate with their resident artist to interpret the HoneyTrek story into three unique pieces of digital art, with a matching product line. We brainstormed, sketched, and dreamt up three artworks with the proficient Argentinian artist Santi Soulas and really feel they really communicate to our 3,500-day journey and what we love about journey. We’re so proud to have offered all 30 items of artwork, raised over $200 for charity (NRDC, FLYTE, & The Bee Conservancy), and created gear we love.
 

Speaking on the Travel & Adventure Show

Travel and Adventure Show speakers

The main client journey present within the US has invited us to hitch their speaker circuit! Presenting alongside among the trade’s greatest names (Places to Love’s Samantha Brown, CBS’s Peter Greenberg, Discovery Channel’s Josh Gates, Patricia Schultz of 1,000 Places to See Before You Die, Frommer’s Pauline Frommer, and extra!), we’re coming collectively that can assist you plan higher journeys. At the autumn occasion in California, we spoke about RVing and Glamping and this January we’ll be in New York to guide a panel on sustainable journey. We hope you may be a part of us at one of many upcoming Travel & Adventure Shows throughout the nation, plus get in on all their offers, giveaways, cultural performances, hands-on actions, and extra enjoyable happenings.
 

Island Hopping French Polynesia

Travel to French Polynesia

The islands of the South Pacific have lengthy been calling our title, so we’re tremendous excited to lastly be in French Polynesia for a two-month journey! It’s a spot with extra than simply postcard-perfect islands, it’s the middle of the Polynesian Triangle and wealthy with tradition and extremely pleasant individuals. Though to profit from this magical but dear collection of archipelagos, we’ve needed to get artful…hitchhiking, couch-surfing, working for room & board, vegan cooking with an electrical kettle, and bartering just a few honeymoon-worthy experiences. See our photo gallery from Rangiroa (one of many greatest atolls on this planet), video from scuba diving the legendary Tiputa Pass, dreamy pics from The Blue Lagoon, and all our travels—together with our upcoming crusing journey by way of the gorgeous Society Islands (Moorea and Bora Bora to call just a few) and exploring the tiki-clad Marquesas—on this Instagram highlight reel.

 

Learning to Sail

One of the massive highlights of French Polynesia (and maybe HoneyTrek general) was crewing a sailboat within the Tuamotu archipelago. It was a shot at midnight, however posting our rookie expertise on the French Poly Cruisers Facebook Group discovered us our excellent captain: Jasna Tuta…an authorized crusing teacher, revealed creator on French Polynesia, and all-around badass woman. With one video chat, we immediately linked as nomads and made a plan to sail the size of Fakarava, a shocking atoll and lagoon with UNESCO Biosphere standing. We got here aboard her luxurious Oyster 56 monohull and rapidly realized how a lot we needed to study…crusing ideas, vocabulary, mechanics, navigation, and the mandatory upkeep of a million-dollar yacht. It was slightly intimidating, however Jasna was such a pure trainer and allow us to study trial by hearth. She had us hoisting sails, setting anchors, checking valves, fixing bilge pumps, cleansing mildew, sprucing chrome, and scuba-dive-scrubbing the hull…and we beloved each minute of it! We gained a lot from our week collectively, and whereas we might not at all times bear in mind methods to tie a sheet bend, we’ll always remember our time underneath sail in French Polynesia. Watch the video above of tropical paradise and see how this pair of landlubbers faired at sea.
 

HoneyTrek within the News

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We’re honored that media retailers look to us as journey specialists on all kinds of subjects. Here are just a few of our favourite clips from 2021:

  • The Knot, the venerable bridal journal, posed the query, “How long is a honeymoon” and we stated…100-day minimal 😉 Just kidding, see the article for our solutions…
  • National Geographic Travel observed the massive uptick in glamping this summer time and requested for our insights and favourite locations on this fascinating characteristic on how “Glamping is helping ‘indoorsy’ families get outside.”
  • RM World Travel, America’s #1 Travel Radio Show, introduced us again on for his or her “Personal Connection” phase to speak about our newest information and ideas from the street.
  • Wildpreuners, an inspirational web site and energetic neighborhood of dream-chasers, inquired about our unconventional path, masking all the things from honeymoons to Trip Coach to Comfortably Wild and our excellent day at work.
  • Vacation Mavens interviewed Anne for her greatest recommendations on our 1,000-mile Grand Circle sojourn.
  • We let all of it cling free on one of many main journey podcasts, Extra Pack of Peanuts, dishing on our greatest journey mishap, our penchant for closing out events, and behind-the-scenes tales from our glamping journey.
  • The Polish newspapers acquired wind (slightly late) that we had been trapped of their nation for the primary seven weeks of Covid.
  • The Camper Report Show did a video interview with us about full-timing with Buddy. 
  • The Estonian business newspaper, Aripaev, requested some very private questions on how we succeed as digital nomads.
  • We had been named one of many Top 40 Travel Blogs of 2021 by Let’s Roam. Check out the record for tons of superior content material creators to observe within the New Year.
  • The OG Travel Website, Go Nomad , picked our mind on housesitting for a complete information.
  • Outside Magazine’s resident gear man was reviewing glamping tents and wished the couple who wrote the e-book on this journey model to chime in. Coming Soon.

Ultimate Journeys for Two: The Quest for a Second Edition Continues

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Throughout this yr, we’ve put collectively a bunch of videos, articles, giveaways, and interviews about Ultimate Journeys for Two. And you most likely know why by now…Nat Geo stated they’d greenlight a second version if we will present an uptick in vacation gross sales! With the assistance of our HoneyTrek followers we made a great dent this December (due to anybody that supported!) however we nonetheless don’t know if it was sufficient. Eek! We have till January twentieth, so it’s not too late to get copies of this timeless coffee-table e-book (it simply went on sale for $14 btw) and assist us make our New Year’s dream come true!

 

2022 Preview: 10 Honeymoons for 10 Years

The 10 Year Honeymoon

January twenty second 2022 marks a full decade on honeymoon! We left residence to discover the world for 16 months, and ten years later we’re nonetheless going. Ever since 2014, it’s been referred to as the “world’s longest honeymoon,” so whereas we didn’t have a Guinness World Records man following us round (as a result of that’d simply be creepy) to validate our 10 years of honeymooning, it’s definitely a milestone price celebrating! To do this, we’re planning 10 honeymoons to rejoice our tenth yr. To us, a wonderful honeymoon is a mixture of romance and journey—with out sacrificing sustainability. We have just a few locations and experiences in thoughts…however we’d LOVE to listen to your options.

Thank you to everybody who has adopted our journey through the years and we look ahead to having you alongside for one more thrilling yr!





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