The Great Otway National Park is just before the 12 Apostles on The Great ocean Road, Victoria, Australia. It is a perfect halfway spot to set up camp and its free (free camping = framping). The trees are a stand out with their wiry branches setting a creepy mood on dusk and the beautiful lake walks are a must on sunset.
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Yosemite has been amazing! From the moment you drive in, you cant help but be in awe. This national park is the most majestic we have visited, truly a place of beauty. Its hard to describe the feeling we get when we visit a place like this, its a child like excitement and wonder mixed with extreme joy. Nothing keeps our spirt alive more than discovering and exploring a new place, something about the experience just brings out the best in us.
We drove into Yosemite via the Eastern Tioga Pass Entrance, which takes you through an amazing mountain range and alpine lakes. From Tioga Pass we made our way through the park to Yosemite Village to find our camp for the night. We could have spent days driving in on this road, stopping and exploring the whole way in. There are so many valleys and peaks to explore, after spending some time walking around some of the crystal clear lakes, we climbed to the top of one rock, which rewarded us with the most magical view of the park.
That night we scored a great site right on the edge campground, giving us a lovely view of the forest. This park is in bear territory so it is important to keep any food or scented stuff in the bear lockers. As we unloaded our gear and set up for dinner we joked about the bears and thought its probably all hype to scare the tourists. Five minutes later we sat down for dinner and about 20m away in the trees something caught our eye. A black bear! We both turned and watched this magical creature walk past us. It was a surreal moment as it was the first time either of us had seen a wild bear. Thank goodness he wasn't interested in our vegetable stew, or us for that matter.
The next morning we set out ready for a day of exploring and stairs... 600 stairs! For some reason we thought it would be fun to spend hours walking up many, many stairs. It was fun, until we couldn't stop our legs from shaking and had to rest every few steps haha good times. But every rest was a good opportunity to take in the amazing views around us. Our hike took us to the top of Vernal Falls and just past that, Emerald Pool, where we sat for a very long time before we dared tackle the 600 stair decent. What an amazing spot to rest up, have our lunch and watch some squirrels, definitely worth it.
Before leaving Yosemite we took the morning to walk around the valley. What an amazing experience to gaze up at the towering El Capitan and half dome, some of the most famous rocks to climb. A drive up to Glacier Point is also a must, you get the most spectacular and different view of the valley. You can really see how the glacier forged its way through, to form this amazing place. It was hard to leave Yosemite, we could have stayed for another week, there is just so much to see and do here. But what an amazing few days we had, we are so happy that we made it here and got to experience this magical part of the world.
A little bit more from our time spent in the amazing Yosemite National park
The amazing Crater Lake, our last stop in Oregon.
As our time in Oregon was nearly over we picked a road to take us South, to the border and on to Yosemite National Park. We had a couple of days to get there so we took our time and explored every stream, hike and waterfall we could. It was so beautiful and so much fun getting our last taste of Oregon, what a spectacular place.
We were told by a friend we met in Colorado that the outskirts of Portland offered many amazing natural sights, including some awesome waterfalls and beautiful hikes. So after a few days cafe hopping in the city, we were keen to get back to the wild. Jumping in our camper van we set off along the Historic Columbia River Highway.
This has to be one of the most stunning highways we have been on, you only have to drive a few hundred metres before pulling over to see the next amazing sight. There are many waterfalls shooting out from the mountain ranges, but the most breathtaking is Multnomah Falls. The 189m high waterfall drops in two major steps and if you follow the walk way up beside the falls, you can cross a bridge which makes for an amazing view.
The Columbia River is the second largest river in North America and the area has so many fun activities available such as white water rafting, hiking, camping and exploring. It is definitely one of the most magical days we have had so far, just an amazing part of the world and we feel so blessed to have explored it.
Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park has the most amazing campground. We were blown away by the beauty of this place and could not stop exploring. The campground has several sites on the river, amongst the redwoods. It is a very peaceful place, you can just sit for hours taking it all in. We kept expecting a bear to walk out of the forest and start fishing in the river, that would have been amazing. We could have stayed here for weeks, it is definitely on our list of places to return to.
Giant ferns cover the 40-50ft high walls, large red frogs chilling on the rocks and some very bright orange mushrooms make for a visual treat, as you walk through Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. As we walked deeper into the canyon we felt as though we were in some prehistoric world, which is probably why they filmed some scences from Jurassic Park: The lost world here. It is a magical place, unlike anything we had seen before. Another amazing memory!