April 08 2015
Written By
Josey Orr
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Pathfinders: How To Explore California

Our Pathfinders series is a collection of guest posts from Adventurers all around the world. If you'd like to contribute, please send an email to Today's post is by our friend Evan Price.

If you have ever been on Instagram before, I assume you too have been flooded with pictures of the Pacific Northwest. Well my name is Evan Price, and I currently live in the heart of/partake in this mumbo-jumbo – residing in Seattle, Washington. Even still, I am a Californian, native to the Bay Area, and recently I had the opportunity to spend my spring break back in my home state (yay sun!). Knowing that our lovely PNW is getting quite popular, I love that there is still so much beauty in California worth sharing.

For my spring break, I reached a crossroads. As fun as sitting around the house and binge watching Friends can be, I felt the urge to go out and do something a bit more productive. Therefore I made it my goal to explore my part of California, and I didn’t even scratch the surface.



For the first leg of my trip, I went to Yosemite, which I swear is one of the most beautiful places on this planet. Everywhere you look is something extraordinary; like Disneyland on crack… but in nature.

Being from that area, I find any excuse I can to get myself to Yosemite. This time, I had the opportunity to hike to the top of Nevada Falls, which is basically a 600-foot waterslide down to the valley floor. On the way back we took the John Muir Trail, giving us a glimpse of the falls, Liberty Cap, and the back of Half Dome.


The next portion of my trip took me just north of a magical land called San Francisco. We first headed off to the lighthouse because, come on, it’s a freaking lighthouse. Note to self, check to see if the lighthouse is open first, because otherwise you will drive all the way over there and then realize it’s closed. Oops. No matter, I still had a blast going for a short hike to a few of the beaches. This is truly a must see destination.


For my final stop, I escaped to a truly miraculous piece of work. Think Mona Lisa, but as a chunk of land. Big Sur encompasses truly what California is made of; beautiful beaches, rolling hills, and green everywhere. That’s right drought, you can’t take green from Big Sur that easy!

Do you like beaches? Do you like waterfalls? Are you a human? Then McWay Falls is the place for you! Get this; it’s an 80-foot waterfall directly in the beach. Not only that, but the water is so blue, you should never have to edit a single picture.

Hopefully the next time you swing by California you find yourself making new adventures of your own!

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