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Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park

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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. 

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Northern California

After our time in San Francisco, we headed North for the Soma Coast. On the way we stopped at Guerneville, home to a beautiful redwood forest. These are some of our favourite trees and after being in the city it was so nice to be back in nature. When we hit the Soma Coast, it was amazing to see such a rugged coastline. There were large rock sections you could walk out on and feel the power of the waves, see the wildlife and feel the sea breeze. As we ventured North the towns started to get smaller and fewer and far between, tourists became less and less and good coffee got harder and harder to find hehe. 

The next day we spent the morning in Trinidad, a small fishing town with a magical coastline and cute cafe's. There was something surreal about the view of the ocean from Trinidad, if felt like a different world. As we continued North we fell in love with the houses that lined the coast, definitely a beautiful place to live. But nothing compares to the brilliant sights we were in for at the Redwood National and State Parks.

When we arrived at the Southern tip of the Redwood Parks, which is made up of serval National and State parks, we were in heaven. This is a magical part of the world, we have never seen forest like this and it blew us away. You are surrounded by some of the tallest trees in the world, trees that can reach up to 113m and survive for hundreds, some thousands of years. These spectacular trees have a way of making you feel so small but so special at the same time. A beautiful memory we will cherish forever and a place we would highly recommend exploring. 

Lovely lighthouse on the Soma Coast.

Jonny exploring the rugged Soma Coast.

We wouldn't drive more than 20mins without seeing a beautiful stream or walking track to explore. This place was one of our favourite discoveries. 

Loved seeing this old couple still exploring.

Driving through the Avenue of the Giants.

Jonny dwarfed by the 35ft base of a giant redwood tree.

A beautiful house overlooking the Soma Coast.

Jess documenting our adventures through the redwoods.

Love the colours this time of year.

Exploring the Avenue of the Giants.

We drove past this amazing place and couldn't help but take a moment, to take it all in.

A fallen giant redwood. 

Jess and the giant.

Our first Elk sighting. 

The amazing Soma Coast.

A cute store in Trinidad. 

Our home for the night.

Waking up in nature, nothing better! 

A beautiful view from the town of Trinidad.

Who thought giant trees would be so amazing. We'll never forget the day we drove through the Avenue of the giants, one of the most beautiful experiences. 

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Los Padres National Forest

Los Padres National Forest is a part of Big Sur. On this gorgeous stretch of coast line we found a hike that led us high into the mountains and down to the beach. We got the most beautiful views of the ocean and found our own little cluster of redwoods. We love finding hikes that lead you away from the crowds and let you feel as if you are 100miles away from everything. There's nothing more freeing than looking in every direction and not seeing one building, one person, one car... Just you and the great outdoors. 

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Big Sur

Big Sur has been on our bucket list for a long time, we have seen so many photos and heard so many amazing things about this stretch of coastline, it was surreal to finally explore it. We spent a few days just driving, pulling over and exploring trails, stopping for coffee, watching surfers, picnicing under redwoods, exploring beaches and just taking it all in. The stand out was McWay Falls, an 80ft waterfall that falls onto the sand of Pfeiffer Beach and camping over the ocean at Kirk Creek Campground, we loved cooking dinner in our outdoor kitchen while the sun set over the ocean. We had an amazing few days making memories, that will last a lifetime. 

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James Bennett Photography

A few weeks ago we spent the morning with James Bennett in Watagans Pine Forrest. James used some old school film to produce these shots and we couldn't be happier with the result, thanks for the memories James.  

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Framping: Blue Pools

Framping = Free Camping at Blue Pools, Budderoo National Park, NSW, Australia.  As soon as we drove into the Blue Pools camp site we noticed two cool looking European backpackers. So we had a quick travel chat with them whilst setting up. They told us to take a walk down the path where we could find a beautiful waterfall. We were both torn between chilling out and exploring. Exploration won!! As soon as we rounded a bushy corner of the track it felt as though we had stepped into a Hollywood film set for Fern Gully or Avatar. There were natural rock pools, rapids, ferns and a waterfall that you could stand under. We couldn't keep the smiles off our faces, exploration paid off. After a magical swim and mother natures outdoor waterfall shower, we were buzzing on a natural high!

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Blue Pools campground.

Blue Pools campground.

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Green Cathedral

The Green Cathedral is a magical place that can be found in Sundowner Tiona Tourist Park, NSW, Australia.  It is not a literal cathedral but one made from nature, with wooden pews, a stone table, dirt floors, a tree roof and amazing water views.  The cathedral is set right on the edge of Lake Wallis, perfect for a sunset wedding or to simply spend the afternoon relaxing. 

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