Yosemite National Park;

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Upper Yosemite Falls

One of the places we were both dying to go to was Yosemite National Park. We’ve both seen SO many pictures from this place but it’s all just so much more incredible in person. We spent a few days hiking and sitting by the fire at night.

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We camped at Hogdgon Meadows which is approximately 30 mins drive out of the valley but it was an amazing ride into the valley each day so no complaints in that regard.

Trying to find free camping spots on the National Park Service website was near impossible so when I finally found a campground, I booked it immediately. My suggestion would be, if you wanted to make the most of your hiking time, definitely book something within the valley.

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Mirror Lake

Another suggestion: research what hikes are available when you’re looking to go. I really wanted to do the Half Dome hike but we were there two weeks shy of that trail opening for the season. Massive bummer!

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The view from the top of Upper Yosemite Falls

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Tank top one minute; long sleeve and ski jacket the next!

We ended up doing the Upper Yosemite Falls hike which took us approximately 6 hours in total which includes stopping for lunch & a million photos along the way!

We also walked around Mirror Lake but made the walk SO much longer than we needed to by going off the trail and adding 2-3 hours that day. Haha, oops!

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Mirror Lake

In total, we were in Yosemite NP for two full days and two half days either side (three nights). Three full days would of been ideal but really, I could of spent a week here and still not have done everything.

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The Valley

Until next time Yosemite!

Motorbike roadtrip through California;

Last month, I flew to San Francisco (via LA) and hopped on the back of a motorbike for one hell of an adventure. In the space of two weeks, we covered 3,000 km’s by bike and 106 km’s by foot. We rode from San Fran to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park and then LA via the 101 & 1. From LA, we went east via Angeles Crest Highway and then made our way to Vegas via Joshua Tree National Park and Salvation Mountain.

Here are some of my favourite pics from the road trip.

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The usual!

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Biking around San Fran – such a good way to see the city!

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The road to Lake Tahoe…when the forecast says snow, believe it!

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Lake Tahoe as perfect as ever!

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Exploring the woods near our campsite and we found this cabin!

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The highlight of our trip: Yosemite!

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The day we rode 515 km’s from Big Sur to LA. Look at Malibu though!

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Eight years since I was last in this exact spot ❤

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The view of LA from Griffith Observatory

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So stoked to have spotted this on the trip!

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Joshua Tree National Park

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Skull rock at Joshua Tree NP

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Salvation Mountain

 

Next up: full post about Yosemite!

 

 

 

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Monthly Round Up: June;

In the last week of May, my boss had this crazy idea that I could get my reports together in three weeks for my Certified Practising Valuer (CPV) qualification. I love tight deadlines but even then, I thought, “is this guy mad?”

Venus Bay escape

I spent the first weekend of June, relaxing by the fire in Venus Bay and then my head was down for the rest of the month getting my reports together. I had to physically submit three copies of three reports and it was something I did in May 2014 (for a lesser qualification) but for some reason, it was much less stressful the second time round.

And you know what? I submitted by 3pm (with a 5pm deadline) and walked away feeling so proud. I seriously doubted myself but when you have your director, who hasn’t known you for very long, saying it’s possible, I just ran. Part 1 of 3 was complete so I treated myself to a weekend of doing whatever I pleased which included a movie night, brunch date, relaxing at home, 1,000 steps and seeing Hermitude.

The walk to the 1,000 steps. My happy place!

But there’s one day in June that sticks out to me the most. On Tuesday 23rd, I booked myself in for a skin analysis, something I’ve been meaning to do for months. Over the years, I’ve been in the routine of looking after my skin, getting peels/facials but eating poorly. Then I realised the products weren’t working if I wasn’t looking after myself from the inside so I focused on eating well and exercising which led me down the path of natural medicine and oils. For the last two years, I’ve been cutting chemicals out of my life, in the food & product sense (Sarah Wilson has been one of the biggest driving factors behind this).

In the last three years, I’ve attempted to cut out sugar every year with little success. I’ve managed to go somewhere between a month and three months before something happens that makes me have a little and then binge. It’s literally the worst addiction I’ve ever had (and there’s been a lot of addictions over the years).

So when I got my skin looked at this month, and the dermal clinician said my face was extremely dehydrated (amongst other things) and recommended a number of skin products and treatments (which are long overdue), the only thing I could think about was….quitting process sugar for good.

In that moment, I made the decision to quit sugar that very second if I was going to be focusing on my skin from the external surface. Unlike previous posts on the blog, I’ll be talking about my experience quitting (processed) sugar the further I am down that path.

Another highlight from June? Having C over from Sydney for the weekend and checking out Serotonin Dealer. I am definitely living in the right city to quit processed sugar!

C on the swings at Serotonin Dealer. Best idea ever!

Plate of goodness!

The monthly round up: May;

First weekend of May, I had plans to move house on the Thursday night, go away on the Friday night &  spend the weekend exploring Bendigo. But when you trust an untrustworthy removalist, things don’t go to plan! So I ended up packing up as much as possible Friday night, driving out to Bendigo late Friday night, heading to Groovin the Moo all day Saturday and then driving back to Melbourne first thing Sunday morning for a 10am move. Exhausting? Oh yeah. Especially when sick!

But nature this time of year makes up for it all!

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The streets of Bendigo

2015 lineup. So good.

2015 lineup. So good.

May saw me move into my 20th house in 25 years and most people have asked if this will be the last move for a while? Nope. I’ll sit still for a few months though.

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There was one weekend where my friend Ashley hired a converted inner city warehouse and cooked dinner for 12 of us for her birthday. The space was so beautiful & the atmosphere was incredible. A whole bunch of strangers getting together & getting to know each other; it was something I really enjoyed.

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Wanderlust 108

We got ridiculously lucky with the weather one weekend. Especially on the Saturday for Wanderlust 108. The day started at 9am with a 5km fun run, followed by yoga in the park plus some meditation after. And because all that exercise wasn’t enough for one day, M & I went for a walk around Albert Park just as the sun set and it was just divine.

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Albert Park Lake

I’ve been a lover of mulled wine ever since my 2011 Melbourne visit (thank you Ponyfish Island) so when Urban List posted this article about where to find mulled wine in Melbourne, Maja, Matt & I did some bar hopping in the city. There’s seriously no better combo than mulled wine & Melbourne!

And I can’t let this month go by without mentioning the red velvet pancakes from Muharam Cafe in Hawthorn…

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Other places visited this month: pelican, st kilda // monk bodhi dharma // einstein’s relative // top paddock // touché’ hombre // river land // rooftop bar // middle brighton baths // myrtle’s crepes // east end den // penny black

I’ve officially experienced two full seasons in Melbourne: summer & autumn. I’m excited to see how winter looks!

I love you Autumn!

I love you Autumn!

Perth;

Mid February, just as it hit 91 days since I moved to Melbourne, I flew back to Perth for a few days. It was a short trip but in true Anna style, jam packed as always.

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The sleeping diver

In four days, I fitted in four walks, two meals with my parents, one coffee date, one lunch date, one city hangout, one beach hangout, one airport hangout and a road trip down south for an engagement party.

Valentines themed Engagement Party < 3

With the gorgeous couple, M & J < 3

Four days in Perth/ Western Australia was definitely not long enough but it was the best I could do at this time of year.

My fave secluded beach in the South West

Until next time WA!

South Perth evening river walks with KM

Monthly Round Up: December;

Sorrento walks

Last month of 2014 and it was my second month in Melbourne. In December I explored Parkdale, Sandringham, Black Rock, Beaumaris, Sorrento, Shelley Bay, Portsea, and Elwood Beach. My friends and even I wondered how I would survive, living away from the WA coast and turns out, I’m surviving just fine! The beaches south of St Kilda Beach are quite lovely. Especially on the Mornington Peninsula.

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The Ultimate Zen Hen’s Getaway;

When the message was sent out that Anna’s bridesmaids were planning a secret hen’s getaway south of Perth, I was all in. The bride to be had no idea where we were going & who was going to be there. As I went down early, I had to keep my locations and check in’s turned off and for a massive instagram addict, THAT was extremely difficult!

When I was shown the house we were going to be staying in prior to the road trip, I was in disbelief. That house is in Western Australia? And that view is real? I was dying to be down there to see for myself. And it sure did not disappoint!

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