Our Summer 2016 CA Trip

  • From Yosemite to the San Diego Coast

So this is what happened… ever since Emy and Joe got married, we talked about going on a trip together! Well, it’s been over two years and we still hadn’t done it! (shame on us!) So we planned a cruise with them for this August! We all LOVE cruises and how EASY and affordable they are. Well, fast forward to March and we find find out that Emy is pregnant!

Then fast forward to June and we find out that I’M PREGNANT!! My doctor is really strict about Zika (as she should be) because there really isn’t a cure and it’s silly to put a pregnant woman at risk if she doesn’t HAVE to be. So, we had to cancel our cruise. It was a sad day. We had been looking forward to this for months and months. Now we had to find a new ZIKA-FREE vacation plan that wouldn’t cost more than the cruise! We decided to head to CA!!!

We flew to CA and our journey getting there was interesting. Michael and I got delayed and lost a bag. Emily and Joe were delayed and then put on a weird plane without air conditioning controls! Not good for a pregnant lady! 😃 We finally made it to LA and then we went to get our rental car and found a dirty diaper under the seat and promptly switched to another car! We ended up getting settled in a car that wasn’t usable and then we moved to ANOTHER CAR…. and it was a MINI-VAN!!!! Cheers for a MINI-VAN! Us pregnant ladies had so much LEG ROOM and we had constant access to our snack bag and our own AC controls! What a dream! (Ps. I NEVER thought I would say that about a mini-van… ever!)

We drove north for several hours (SEVERAL) and made it to BASS LAKE for the night! We stayed in a little cabin and rented a little pontoon boat for a morning cruise before heading to YOSEMITE! Michael and I had been to Yosemite but we went in March when “Glacier Point” wasn’t open! So we got to see a new view and it was UNBELIEVABLE! Just wait until you see the pictures!! Then we found out that the giant Sequoias that were most visited in Yosemite were closed for restoration! What?! NOOOOoooooo!! So we heard about a more hidden location off the beaten path and we decided the mini-van could handle it!! We were all covered in DUST by the time we made this journey to the trees but it was worth it!!!

Then we drove to the coast and stayed at a cute little beach-front hotel, Avila Lighthouse Suites, where one of Joe’s high school friend’s is a sales manager! We spent the next morning sitting by the pool and dipping in the hot tub for like 3 minutes because…. pregnancy problems. Then we had an awesome lunch (our favorite of the trip) on a pier overlooking a little harbor! And then it was time to get back on the road again! You’re probably thinking “wasn’t that a lot of road time?” Yes. It was a crazy fast-paced trip. Our NEXT trip will definitely be on a cruise ship without hours of mini-van time!

After we left lunch we hit the road for San Diego to visit some dear friends of our! We have been wanting to get down to San Diego for the longest time to visit them and we finally had a chance to make it happen!! This was probably our favorite part of the trip. Yosemite is breathtaking but hanging by your friend’s pool and just relaxing after a crazy few days is just what we needed! Cole and Nicole were the most amazing hosts in their new home. They made all FOUR of us feel like we were at home from the moment we walked in the door! They dropped everything just to hangout with us and spend some quality time together! From pool time to fireside chats, Mexican food, a beach day and finding an amazing ice cream shop… it’s easy to see why we loved these two days!! We’re so thankful for not only their willingness to have us visit but also for their sweet friendship!

They were so excited about this drink…. and then it was pretty much just straight sugar! ha!

Cute! All THREE of them! :)

Our beloved mini-van!

 Bahaha! Way to go Joe!

 This view tho….


 Ice cream for the win!

 LOOK at the SIZE of that TREE!!!!


 Eww… They were bringing in a shipload of EEL! GROSS!!!

 Then we headed down to meet up with Cole and Nicole!!! 


 And Michael got TAR stuck on his foot!

 Look at their POOL! Amazing! 

 Sweet Chloe! She made us miss Bokeh Boy! 

Our Other Travel Posts! 

Hawaii with our Parents! 

Our cheapest CRUISE to date! 

Switzerland, Italy, & France

xoxo, Katelyn
10 Comments Personal, Travels
  1. Sheri Berke reply

    What a fun vacation! Yosemite is so beautiful and friends are the best.

  2. Elizabeth reply

    That pool – whaaa!!! I’m so glad you had an incredible time – always love seeing how you capture trips like these.

  3. Cole reply

    Come on back ANYTIME :) Next time….stay a bit longer ;) Although we DID fit in a lot of fun in a short amount of time!

  4. Jessica Frey reply

    SO glad you guys enjoyed Bass Lake! We have a family cabin and go a couple of times a year….and always try to get in a trip to Glacier Point for the views and an ice cream!

  5. Megan Kelsey Photography reply

    Omg Glacier Point is SO beautiful!!! I always LOVE your personal posts, they’re so fun and you’re so good at documenting family vacations!! So glad you guys got the chance to travel together before the little ones arrive!!

  6. Nicole reply

    Ah Katelyn I loved looking through the photos to relive our fun time together. Michael’s tar foot is a classic! Cole, Chloe and I were so grateful you all decided to spend part of your vacation with us and can’t wait for your return! Longer this time! Xo

  7. Kristina W. reply

    I’ve been waiting for this post! Yosemite is AMAZING!!! I loved it there when I went last September and I want to go back! Your photos are so cute!

  8. Rebekah Carter reply

    Wow, that IS an amazing pool! And I love the pelican picture (not to mention all the gorgeous Yosemite shots of course). Idk how you’re traveling so much while pregnant, especially in that first trimester when nausea & fatigue can be so debilitating. I thought working as a night shift nurse while pregnant was hard but all that traveling sounds even rougher to me.

  9. Tatyana reply

    This looks like so much fun! Your double bumps are adorable :)

  10. 192.168.l.l reply

    Love the photos! Thank you for sharing!

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