NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ROAD TRIP: See As Much As Possible and Ignore the Trolls
I’m not the type of person who wastes time during vacations. If I’m visiting a new place I try to see everything I can in the small amount of time I have. Only once I feel like I’ve seen everything, then I can relax. It’s just how I’m wired.
Most people hate going on vacation with me, especially if I’m filming. These are the types of things I say:
“THERE ARE TWO HOURS OF SUNLIGHT LEFT. WE CAN GET TO THE NEXT 18 PLACES IF WE HURRY!”
“WHY WOULD YOU TAKE A NAP RIGHT NOW?!”
“I DON’T HAVE TIME TO WORRY ABOUT YOUR PROBLEMS. WE HAVE TO GET THIS SHOT.”
Believe it or not, I managed to convince two friends to come on a week-long road trip with me through Northern California. I probably won them over when I pitched the beautiful bluffs of the Pacific Coast Highway, the scenic drive up to Glacier Point in Yosemite, and the peaceful Emerald Bay of Lake Tahoe. But I knew it wouldn’t be all pretty landscapes.
Meet Charles and Jinelle. Actually just Jinelle. You already met Charles in my Salton Sea video. I’m just going to assume all my readers have my videos memorized and know exactly who I’m talking about. Jinelle is our friend from Michigan who actually flew out just for the trip! I must have really pitched road trip idea well! We go way back to the middle school years. And we met Charles in college. The three of us get along great, especially when they do what I want them to do.
Anyway, we had one week to make this trip happen. I told them where we’d be going: Yosemite, Tahoe, Shasta, Avenue of the Giants, San Francisco, and Big Sur. It was an ambitious plan to see so many world-renowned places in seven days. And each place would probably be better explored in seven days on their own. But I wasn’t going to let that stop me from having an awesome adventure. I was going to see as much of NorCal as I could.
Jinelle flew into LAX at 10:30PM and we began our adventure at 3:50AM. Actually, that’s the perfect lead in to this video. You’ll see why:
I promise it’s somewhat entertaining. And it’s short.
I posted this video to Reddit and other social media sites. These were some of the responses I got:
“You go to see beautiful sites in nature and then B**@#($& about not finding a hotel? Try camping. LOSER!”
“I hate when people travel just to check things off their bucket list instead of actually spending time to enjoy a place.”
Personally, I think a more constructive criticism would have been about Charles’ wardrobe choices:
As the video showed, the trip was fast, fun, and full of some amazing scenery. This is the type of trip I like to take and I hope I can do more in the future. Unfortunately this thing called real life gets in the way right now. If you’d like to sponsor me, I’d be willing to take monthly payments so I can buy a tent, take longer, more meaningful trips, and silence my critics. I’m very sensitive to their opinions.
Don’t wait for the perfect moment, situation, or right way to travel. As always, go trip yourself!