Muir Woods & Yosemite

This is it!! The last leg of our trip from up north. We visited Muir Woods and ultimately Yosemite. Also, it’s already July – where did the time go?! This year feels like it’s just breezing by right in front of my very eyes.

Muir Woods National Monument

The day after the Hamilton play, we visited Muir Woods since it’s considered a must-see for those making the trip up north. It was an hour drive from our Airbnb and since we didn’t really have anything planned, we decided to make the drive.

We got into the place for free (thanks to the annual parks pass I purchased that I mentioned in this earlier entry). Their entrance fee was per person so we saved around $20 on that alone. Muir Woods is considered great for hiking but it isn’t like your typical hike because the way was perfectly paved. It’s more for sightseeing and just enjoying the sights.

We didn’t stay too long at Muir Woods. After a good hour or two, we headed back to Richmond and stopped by The Original Mel’s Diner for a late lunch. That evening, we met up with my aunt and her husband in Santa Clara for dinner at Il Fornaio. The food at Il Fornaio was expensive really good! They did a birthday song for Chris in Italian. Their service was really impressive – highly recommend checking this place for any special occasions.

Yosemite National Park

Lastly, the very very very end of the trip. Seeing Yosemite National Park. I’d been here years ago but this was Chris’ first time setting foot in this beautiful park. I love national parks because it’s a reminder of how beautiful nature really is.

This trip was really fun. Although it was sunnier than we had hoped it would be, it was still enjoyable and memorable – I mean, I got engaged, finally saw my favorite musical and got to soak in so much of nature. Until the next trip, wherever it may be!


  • Ciara Bottrell
    July 2, 2017 at 4:29 AM

    Aww wow! I've always wanted to visit Yosemite, it's definitely on my big ol' list of places to go. I'm glad you had a great time!


  • Kandice
    July 2, 2017 at 1:01 PM

    Yosemite National Park is a dream to hike!

  • Eena
    July 2, 2017 at 1:08 PM

    It is! Come here Kands and I'll take you 😀

  • Eena
    July 2, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    Yosemite's a good park! There are other parks in California that are just as beautiful and they're on my list of places to go. Thanks, Ciara!

  • Violette Daily
    July 2, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    What a beautiful park! These photos are amazing!

  • Nancy
    July 2, 2017 at 1:21 PM

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  • Nancy
    July 2, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    It's so cool that you got into the park for free! I've heard of the national park annual pass but haven't looked into it because I pretty much go about once a year XD. It's great that you're taking advantage and getting some nice sceneries.

    OoOOoMmmg I've been to Yosemite twice but never during the summer. It looks so nice! I love taking pictures from that spot because you get a nice view of the half dome and everything around it! (Oh, and that small waterfall on the right). I'm happy you had a blast! Congrats again on getting engaged :)!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Eena
    July 2, 2017 at 8:25 PM

    Thanks to that $80 pass xD Truthfully though, if I used it at any more parks, I'm sure I'd get my money's worth. I love national parks! I plan on seeing them all someday!

    I honestly think it'd be cooler to see Yosemite during a colder season. It's too hot during the summer, and crowded too with all the families from out of town. I'm so glad the water was in good condition at the park – when I first visited years ago, most of the water had dried up in the park.

  • Who Let The Mum Out?
    July 3, 2017 at 12:42 AM

    Beautiful pictures! I love nature, too.

    Who Let the Mum Out?

  • Backcountry Petite
    July 3, 2017 at 5:14 AM

    Those photos look amazing! Do you ever plan to hike the full JMT? I think it would be a great experience 🙂

    -Rachel @ Backcountry Petite

  • Keri H
    July 3, 2017 at 5:55 AM

    Ahh I want to go to Yosemite. These are such beautiful photos!

    Enclothed Cognition

  • Cristina SF
    July 4, 2017 at 1:31 AM

    Beautiful photos! I lived in California for a year and I never managed to visit Muir Woods or Yosemite, it's something I've always regretted. I did visit Lake Tahoe though and fell madly in love with it.

  • Stella
    July 4, 2017 at 6:22 AM

    Lovely photos! Muir Woods look wonderful!

    Stella xx

  • Alyse (J.X.L.)
    July 4, 2017 at 11:38 AM

    The Muir Woods walk looks right up my alley because of all those trees! Also, I see the famous Dawn Wall in the backdrop of your Yosemite photos 🙂

  • Jane
    July 4, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    Oh wow, these places are so beautiful! I always say this, but I keep forgetting the States has such beautiful natural scenery – I always think of the cities when I think of the US!

  • Vivian Yuen
    July 4, 2017 at 7:57 PM

    Absolutely LOVED Yosemite, these are beautiful photos of the park!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE


  • Jennifer
    July 4, 2017 at 9:22 PM

    Both areas looks stunning! I would love to visit someday. Great pics and thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Audrey Lin
    July 4, 2017 at 10:10 PM

    I used to go to Yosemite all the time when I was little, but I haven't been back for YEARS. Like, at least ten years, probably more. I don't think I appreciated the beauty of nature that much when I was little though. I took it for granted until I moved to China and was enveloped by pollution. I def want to make a trip back! // Also I just caught up with your blog. What a crazy trip it's been! Congrats with everything!! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  • Fashion Matters
    July 5, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    gorgeous photos!


  • Eight Shores
    July 5, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    I am soooo jealouusss of your adventures and this makes me want to go hiking again! Those trees are stunning. <3

  • Colleen Welsch
    July 6, 2017 at 5:44 AM

    That's so smart that you have a National Parks pass! I can't believe how different the landscape is up there. Yosemite looks INCREDIBLE! Also, I love your cactus shirt 🙂

  • Airish Abella
    July 6, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Your photos are breathtaking! Would love to visit Yosemite someday. 🙂 I've only been to California once. And 'twas more of a theme park hopping kind of trip! Lol. And cause time didn't allow us to go elsewhere. Hear from you soon!

    Love, Airish
    Gorgeous Glance

  • Michelle
    July 6, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    Gorgeous photos and yes, this would be a dream to go!

  • Katherine Tran
    July 6, 2017 at 12:05 PM

    I've been saying I'd visit Yosemite for so long, but never have. IT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL!

  • Marchelyn Revacca
    July 6, 2017 at 6:26 PM

    Such an amazing view!
    Nice captures 😘

  • Sheena Gonzales
    July 7, 2017 at 3:01 AM

    I've always wanted to visit Yosemite! Love woodsy places with tall trees! Aaaah… so nice!


  • Kasi Kelley
    July 7, 2017 at 3:52 AM

    Those parks look so beautiful! I'm a little embarrassed that I haven't made it out to any national parks yet. It's definitely on my list of things I want to do. I should look into different parks around here! P.S. Nice backpack 🙂

  • Keri H
    July 7, 2017 at 6:48 AM

    Wow, talk about such gorgeous views <3 Looks like an amazing, adventurous day!

    Enclothed Cognition

    July 7, 2017 at 7:02 AM

    We went here last Thanksgiving weekend, and I absolutely fell in love with Yosemite/Sequoia/Kings Canyon! Definitely plan on coming back again this fall/winter!

  • Rina Doria
    July 7, 2017 at 12:28 PM

    I definitely need to pick up my hiking game this summer. I haven't gone on one hike yet this year! Hopefully in the next few weeks I can set something up.

    Rina Samantha

  • Oh Hey Jessica
    July 8, 2017 at 5:05 PM

    What a gorgeous place! I always love looking at your photos, they really make me want to travel more outside!! I don't think there's anywhere like this in Florida though 🙁

  • Kim
    July 10, 2017 at 9:41 AM

    Goooooorgeous views! And I see your engagement ring there, lucky lady! Congrats again! Hope to visit here someday. Yosemite is high on my bucket list.

    Kim | Simply Lovebirds

  • Tannya Aditya
    July 11, 2017 at 12:35 AM

    i always wanna go to yosemite. it looks majestic, quiet, grand, and wonderful. looks like you got a great hike!

  • Pauline
    July 11, 2017 at 5:15 AM

    I really enjoyed reading about your cool little trip to Yosemite. My boyfriend, Matt went last year as part of a Hackathon event and he keeps raving about how beautiful it is. I love hikes so it is right up my street – looks like you had a blast! It looks like a perfect place to meditate!


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