Hiking Napa & Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Still catching up on Fall 2017’s adventures! Back in September, we had the chance to visit a friend of ours working in Napa, California. We took a hike in Point Reyes National Seashore during one of the most important seasons of the year: the mating season for tule elks. Tule elks, unlike some other species, are native from this region and mate during the fall. Continue reading “Hiking Napa & Point Reyes National Seashore, California”

Two Easy Hikes To See the Redwoods In California

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If you’re planning on visiting the Redwoods in California for the first time, don’t go the Redwoods National Park. The trees there have been replanted and are young, which is too bad because a lot of the beauty of the redwoods lies in their advanced age. Instead, drive to the State Parks: Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Continue reading “Two Easy Hikes To See the Redwoods In California”

On The Road: Wonders Of Southern Oregon

When we started traveling in March 2017, I thought that we would reach the Pacific Coast in California, but we actually reached it via Oregon. Usually, if you meet Americans from Oregon, they will describe their State as the most beautiful / best / most fun State in the country, so my expectations were quite high. As soon as we entered Oregon, we had the impression to be in a different country. The spirit of freedom is real here. Oregon still has something of a lost world, and despite the summer fires, we found hundreds of miles of pristine nature. We have  been in Oregon for more than a month and can’t decide if we should ever leave. Continue reading “On The Road: Wonders Of Southern Oregon”

Backpacking For The First Time in Grand Teton National Park

We love hiking and this is what we do when we’re not working or chilling, but we usually only do long 10-15-mile day hikes. In Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming), we raised the bar and spent two days hiking with one night in the wilderness! One tiny night seems like nothing, but for us it was kind of a big deal —last time I had trekked over several days was in 2003 in Peru with a group and donkeys carrying my stuff (it’s cheating), and Henri had just never done anything like this. We were lucky to try this in some of America’s most beautiful mountains with the best mentors in the world. Continue reading “Backpacking For The First Time in Grand Teton National Park”

We Survived Yellowstone National Park in July

Yellowstone National Park is one of these places I had heard about when I was working for Lonely Planet in Paris, as I posted so many pictures of its famous colorful pool on social media. For a long time, I thought Yellowstone was only about that crazy-looking pool. And I naively thought it was one of these very remote, barely visited places in the US. Well, we actually made it here, and I must say all my assumptions about this park were completely wrong. There is so much to see and do in Yellowstone that it kept us busy for a full week and it’s the biggest, busiest US national park we’ve visited. Continue reading “We Survived Yellowstone National Park in July”