So I’m 28 and last week I would have been super upset about now being in my late 20s. But I’m forcing myself to see it as being the year of fabulous. Emma, who is drastically older than I am…a whole month…and I are going to make it the best year yet. We are going to devote this year to learning how to play golf, wine and of course the tubes. We are going to donate a whole year of our lives to the tubes. Adult Nap-ease here we come. We fully have $ bill signs in our eyes.
I came upstairs to a wonderful breakfast of berries and pastry and a birthday cake, sea salt caramels (bloody love a caramel) and candles hidden under my bowl. You cheeky devil Bobo! ALL THE LOVE TO YOU!!!!!!
Our mission for today was to see all of the Sierra Mountains but this is just a tad unrealistic so we stuck to the beautiful and twisty and turny Ebbetts Pass. We had no stops in mind, we just wanted to see what we would see and stop off in beautiful places. And boy did we do that!
We hit up the very first vista point and fell back in love with being in the mountains. There is so much to explore and it just gets more and more beautiful around every corner that you turn around. Even just driving down the main road had a killer view. I have honesty never seen so many trees in one place, everywhere you looked there were these giant trees and in them all the bears that I was dying to see. We stopped off at a few places and climbed rocks, dipped our toes into lakes and had quiet moments just to take it all in and realise just how very lucky we are.
As we approached Lake Utica we were starting to grow hungry so Ben grabbed the picnic of cheeses, breads and berries that we packed and we found a beautiful view, a flat rock and tucked in. Eating and turning 28 is obviously extremely tough work so we had a quick doze on the hot rock as nearby children tried to catch fish. How bloody idyllic!
Lunch done we carried on our journey and continued to look at everything beautiful along the way. We spent a lot of time skipping across stepping stones and being the daringest of daredevils. Unfortunately there were no natural barriers for Emma to keep herself safe with but I was actually surprised how close to the edge she would sometimes get.
I’m finding it hard to write about what we did along the way because I just don’t think that you can ever write (well at least I can’t seem to find the words) about how beautiful it is here. Every time I am somewhere like this, in all the nature, I remind myself that I should make more time to do it at home. If we had the same weather then I probably would! I just enjoy being around a lot of trees. I also really enjoyed knowing that at any moment I could get my Leo DiCaprio on with a bear at any moment. Boy was I ready for it.
Other notable moments were eating ‘It’s It’ ice cream cookie sandwiches…a San Fran classic, ditching the terrible hot spring pool with the absolutely shockingly awful view blocking fence and eventually finding a bear, a Bobo bear…
We arrived back at Bev’s dirty footed and with lots of stories to tell her but we had to quickly get our glamour on as we had a very important date to get to at the Lube Room.
The Lube Room is a tiny place in the middle of nowhere. It used too be a mechanics but they have changed it into a burger joint. It is unlike anything that I have been to before but it is here that we celebrated a great day and the start of 28- The Year of Fabulous. We played horseshoes, threw sandbags, ate burgers, drank beer and had a good old fashioned American time.
So there you have it. My 28th birthday in the mountains. It was truly wonderful and I feel like Rhianna’s Luckiest Girl in the World was written just for me…I actually have no idea if she has a song called that. But if she does then it works so let’s all agree that she does.
Tomorrow we are going to strap on some kayaks to the back of the car for a morning paddle before we return back to the City. Once again, like every single place that we have been to, I am so not ready to leave and wished we had more time!