California National Parks: What you should know when visiting during the winter?

Cold. Wet. Oh cold. Oh, my shoes are wet. Oh, I’m cold.

For all of those who (like my family) when they hear California think about hot sun and beach:

Well, that’s not like that. California is huge. It’s bigger than my home country. And has at least 3 types of climate.

January in the mountains? It does snow, it’s not always sunny and the temperature there is around 30°F (°C).

 

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One of the cute roads in Yosemite

 

[Just wanna say at the beginning, everything that I’ll write is for  greenhorns/ tourists who during the trip to the coast will decide to see fe.: one of the most famous National Parks which is Yosemite.
Those of you badasses who go there to do some winter hiking, prepared and geared with gators, mountaineering boots, poles and everything else- I’d love to hear some of your stories, but you probably won’t find out anything new from that post.]

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“We’re crazy” The story how I camped on frozen lake for NYE 2016

“We’re crazy” The story how I camped on frozen lake for NYE 2016

-Okay, now take off your shoes and put them inside your sleeping bag. 
-What?! Can’t I just leave them here?
-Sweetie, they’ll freeze… 

The thing you need to know about winter camping? Better have a sleeping bag big enough to fit all your stuff inside, if you want to use them again the next day.

The only thing we decided to keep warm were our new mountaineering boots. Well, hell yeah, they were bought the same day, we had to take care of those babies. Who cares about snow pants, jackets, fuel or hmm.. water. That even freeze?

Yes, it does.

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Big Apple- essentials of New York

Big Apple- essentials of New York

“There are many apples on the tree, but only one Big Apple”

Why NYC is called Big Apple I found out recently, already after the visit in the city. It all started with one journalist, who was using word “apples” for writing about racing courses.

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Actually, it was after two visits when I finally found out why The Big Apple, because I have to say during my stay in the United States I visited New York City already twice.

The first time was when I was leaving for four days on the campus of St. John’s University on Long Island for my Au Pair Training School. Sounds cool, if not the fact campus was 2,5 hours away from Manhattan and we had “classes” from 8 am until about 7 pm… Well, at least for few days I could “be” an American student hehe.

The second time was caused mostly by my homesickness, I’ve met my family in New York. During that trip, for the first time, I could  try the most famous invention of XXI century, which is Selfie Stick.

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It’s good to be home

This time I won’t tell you about big adventure, but about big trip for me and myself. And well I need to finally say something nice about my own country!

Maybe not really say, I don’t have a lot to say, maybe more I will show you but… Anyway I made it, I finally went home after 8 months, I spent hundreds of dollars on ticket, but I had to see my family and my dog! And I was also tired of tens of messages from my friends when I finally gonna come….

So I bought plenty of gifts, because well I’m traveling from USA, how could I not to bring anything for everyone end on 23rd of August I got on Lufthansa’a Boeing 747-700 (2 floors motherfu***r) ready for 10 hours flight, but excited that I have only one landover. I found REALLY good flight. So here’s my first tip- whenever you fly over the ocean fly with Lufthansa, they are fast, easy, their food is good, they are really good ariline. Excluding that wherever you are they speak to you in German, without bothering themselfes and trying to speak English….

But after 3 movies, two meals and hundreds of metres of walking on the airplane I got home, I saw my family and I hugged my dog (who actually seemed to not realize I was gone). I swimmed in the sea, met my friends, legally got drunk, ate in my favorite restaurant (here’s a second tip- if you’ll ever be, by accident or purpose, in Sopot, Poland and like asian food go to Tandoori on Grunwaldzka Street, A-MA-ZING). It was GREAT, GREAT week. Unfortunatelly only week. But I’m positive, I WILL be back and then for longer.

For my mum’s birthday we went to Wladyslawowo, it’s a city on peninsula for camping and this is where my photos come from.

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Colorado State: Heaven for outdoor enthusiasts

Colorado State: Heaven for outdoor enthusiasts

“The adrenaline and stress of an adventure are better than a thousand peaceful days” ~Paulo Coelho

Colorado, well… Who’ve been here knows. That’s heaven for outdoor and adventure enthusiasts. You can do here everything- starting with little hikes, mountain biking, going through kayaking and white water rafting, ending with more “extreme” like for example backpacking or rock climbing.

And of course, thing that I will focus on today: 14ERS(for those who don’t know, Rockies- Rocky Mountains are a major mountain range in western North America, peaks reach 14 000 ft, those mountains are called colloquialy “14ers”)

In that post I want to share my little experience with 14ers, say something about trials I did and give you a little guide, after what I’ve heard, read and experienced.

As I wrote, “little experience”, I’ve done three 14ers so far, but that was enough for me to fall in love with high mountains and go deeper into whole mountaineering staff.

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Arizona’s hot sand and Thelma&Louise on Route 66

Arizona’s hot sand and Thelma&Louise on Route 66

“We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” ~Anonymous

As I promised, it’s time for my short story, entitled “Klaudia and Monika on Route 66”, but that story will have a little different and for sure better ending. Of course, it’s story about a road. And what every story about the road needs?
A car.
And not any car.
Because if you want to drive down Route 66, you need to do it classy.

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Sin city

I’m sorry that I haven’t been writing for so long, but I can tell you something awesome, there are three posts coming! First one about my visit and weird thoughts about Sin City- Las Vegas; second one about my adventures in Colorado so far this season; and third one about…. TA DA DA DAM…. my road trip in Arizona and Nevada.

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So Sin City… I called that post like that cause of the famous name and because of my thought that whole city pong of addictions, alcohol and sex. Full of strippers and pathetic, disgusting, repulsive, naked people who derive wild satisfaction of other people watching them. And full of people who really like watching them.

Yes, based on my first thought if you’re big fan of Las Vegas or that style of life, better don’t read more, cause my post will be more negative than positive.

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