My Life in New Zealand

Category: Family

El Capitan Canyon, California Accommodation

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We stayed in some pretty unique places on our California Road Trip, but I would have to say El Capital Canyon was a pretty special place! This campground resort offers all types of accommodation options – from tents to cabins to luxury yurts – you are sure to find something that suits your style. Located just outside of Santa Barbra, we found this site a great place to break up the drive from San Francisco back to Santa Monica.

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Muir Woods, California

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Before heading back down South we decided to take a little detour and visit the Muir Woods for the afternoon. Living in New Zealand the Muir woods were a bit of a disappointment due to the massive amount of tourists to the area. I am sure if I had more time to explore and ‘get lost’ a bit I would have been able to get away from the crowds but we were on a tight timeline.

Ignoring the people and looking up was just the ticket – those Redwoods were impressive!

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San Francisco, California

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We made it to San Francisco – the turning point for our sibling road trip in California! San Francisco was amazing … beaches, city life, and hipster neighborhoods. We loved exploring the city in a quick 24 hours – needless to say we will be back for more exploring!

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Santa Cruz, California

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Next stop on our California Road Trip was Santa Cruz – a quirky surf town filled with summer tourist there to enjoy the sun. To be honest, Santa Cruz wasn’t my favorite. I had high expectations and even went into the visit with the potential to fall in love with the city and want to move. However the city had a dirty vibe and was filled with tourists!

That being said, I think we did find the good – we went for a few rides in the amusement park and walked around downtown area. My brother had the best time of us all as he went for a great surfing adventure!

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Big Sur continued, California

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Day #2 in Big Sur was just as fabulous as day #1 … we stayed in this amazing camp site (which thankfully had little cabins) and I had a great morning exploring the site and seeing all it had to offer – next year I want to look into spending a week in Big Sur and camping like the rest of them! We ended our Big Sur trip with a drive over Bixby Bridge and then headed to Carmel by the Sea and had the best pancakes ever at Katy’s Place.

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Big Sur, California

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What can I even say … Big Sur was one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen! As many of the guide books say, Big Sur is not a destination, but rather an experience spread over a large amount of space along the West Coast of America. We took over a day and a half to explore the area and take in all of the sights to see. A – must – do.

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Santa Barbara PM, California

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Our perfect Santa Barbara morning turned into an even lovelier afternoon! The sun was out and we took full advantage. We explored the oceanfront as well as entering into the Funk Zone for a bit of wine tasting in the urban wine trail. From there we headed to the Santa Barbara Mission and finished the day at The Lucky Penny – fitting since we seemed pretty darn lucky with our day in SB!

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Santa Barbara AM , California

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After a jam packed Friday spent in Santa Monica, including an evening hike up Runyon Canyon to see a foggy Hollywood Sign, we sipped some coffee and ate a big America breakfast then hit the road to Santa Barbara. After doing a bit of research I realized that we were going to catch the Saturday local farmers market located right off State Street. Lucky us! Post farmers market stroll we walked around town, taking in the sights and stopping along the way to discover what was around.

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Santa Monica, California

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About 4 months ago – when I was still in the planning process of my trip back home to America – we decided to organize a sibling roadtrip. The three of us had never explored California and it seemed like the best opportunity to spend time together and see new places!

Santa Monica was the perfect place to start our 7 day California adventure. After arriving into LAX, around 8PM,  we headed straight to In and Out Burger (something my brother had been dreaming about for days!) and then onto my best friend from childhood’s house to stay the night. The next day was filled with Southern California sunshine, sandy beaches, bright colors, and exciting times. We rode the West Coaster, ate salsa and tacos, and explored Santa Monica by foot!

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kennebunkport + porpoise cove

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I am in love with Kennebunkport, Maine… summer flowers, painted buildings, quaint shops and lobster pounds… a stunning coastal Maine spot. We spent a quick afternoon strolling the main street and popping into little shops and pretty buildings. From Kennybunkport we headed to Porpoise Cove, a short 5 minute drive outside of town for lobster and onion rings on the dock!

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