Wednesday December 27th started off with a little drive to Yosemite National Park in Eastern California. Once we got there we went to the visitor’s center to request some information. Because this park is huge. We decided to start with an easy hike near the visitor’s center which led to a waterfall. There were a lot of people there who all climbed onto the rocks to get a closer look, so we followed. Afterwards we took a free shuttle to a more moderate hike. This also led to a waterfall but on our way up, we had the most amazing views. We were pretty tired after such a full day and we definitely want to see more of the park someday!
The next morning started with a drive back to the coast. About halfway through we had breakfast at Denny’s! Eggs, pancakes, bacon, hash browns and French toast for each of us. It was a huge meal and actually way too much. But delicious! A little after noon we found ourselves at the 17-mile drive. Which is a nice loop past the coast you can drive with your car. It was very pretty and quite relaxing after days of walking. We also enjoyed sunset at the beach that day and felt the cold water of the Pacific Ocean with bare feet. Afterwards it was time to drive to our last hotel before returning to Seattle! On our last morning in California we woke up in Santa Cruz. A city by the coast where it was hot and sunny. We just walked some across the beach and along the pier where we discovered this huge sea lion population. It was nice and noisy surprise! We also ate fish and chips before driving to the airport.
Back in Washington State we stayed at cca for one day to just relax before moving on to the last day of 2017. On which my sister and I wanted to go to Seattle. We first went to Pike Place Market and bought some souvenirs. It was super busy since it wasn’t just the last day of the year, but also Sunday. After that we went to the Columbia tower. On which I had been before back in October. But the view was even prettier this time. We could see Mount Rainier, plus we saw a Seahawks game from a far distance. We still had quite some time until midnight which we were going to experience at the Space Needle. So, we decided to take a powernap at the hotel we booked for the night. We calmly took the bus to Seattle Square at 10:30pm. I thought it was very relaxing. Everyone showed up around that time and waited patiently. At 12 o’clock, the fireworks set the Space Needle on fire. It was very beautiful and I took some wonderful pictures. The next day we had breakfast at my favorite restaurant at The Market. I noticed everyone was in that cozy New Year’s Day morning atmosphere. A new start in the new year. Later we walked some to the waterfront where we went into this attraction called Wings Over Washington. I didn’t even know that existed and it was really cool. We practically flew over Washington state, very beautiful! After that we took the bus back to the college and my sister packed everything for her flight back home.
On Tuesday January 2nd, I brought my sister to the airport where we had to say goodbye. That was sad, but we had an amazing time together! The next day school would start again, which I was quite happy about. Then I would have some distractions and I was really curious for my new subjects this Winter Quarter!