So I was trying to hold off on posting some pics and trying to do a whole series of the winter. I’ve decided that’s stupid, so here’s whats been going on this winter.
This past weekend was my good friend Morgan Nelson’s Bachelor party, so, we went camping. This place is about 20 miles outside Bishop, CA and is freaking amazing. Even after one of the driest winters we have ever had there was plenty of water still running down this awesome stream. The forest along the river was quite spectacular as well. Being inside a pretty narrow valley made the views spectacular. We were camped out around 9000 feet and the peaks were still about 2000 feet higher than we were. This is definitely a place to come back to, and with all the different locations we can choose from to camp I don’t think I’ll ever end up in the same spot because there is just so many good choices, although I would totally be okay if I retuned to the exact same spot.
One of the biggest swells we’ve seen in Orange County hit this week thanks to Hurricane Marie. While the wedge was still pretty epic I think that the really cool stuff came from the normally mild newport peninsula. On average, the waves here don’t get much bigger than 4 feet and we rarely see barreling shapes. A good chunk of these photo’s where taken from the 42nd street beach where the average wave was doing 12 feet and getting as big as 15. It was spectacular. I heard that the 17th street area was getting 20+ feet but I didn’t get a chance to check it out.
I wouldn’t want to be a lifeguard on a day like this. A big round of applause to these guys for braving the ridiculous surf and the unbelievable currents that go along with it.
Most of the time, I find taking photo’s of things I see everyday to not be particularly interesting, that’s probably why I don’t take photo’s of them. But recently we had some fog so I thought I would give me enough of a new perspective to appreciate what is right there waiting for me. Below are photo’s from Newport’s back bay and above is a shot from the mountains overlooking the Inland Empire.
The bridge to nowhere really doesn’t make sense. It is literally a 5 mile hike from absolutely nowhere. How it got built I have no idea but I am sure google will tell me someday. It’s a bungee spot, apparently it’s the only one in the US with permits to do it off a bridge. We kidnapped my buddy Jordan Best for his birthday and went out there to have some fun. The 5am wake up call was worth it.