Tag Archives: hiking

Solo Road Trip

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I’ve always wanted to try this out. Driving a long ways by yourself gives you time to do a lot of things that you normally wouldn’t do. That’s mostly think or listen to stuff your normally wouldn’t do on a normal drive. I drove from Orange County, CA to Bend, OR while visiting some friends along the way that I hadn’t seen in a while. In retrospect I don’t know that I would go that far solo again (for fun at least) but you never know. I do think that the first 8-10 hours of driving is totally doable solo again.

 

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Inyo National Forest

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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.

 

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Dogwood Camping

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The Nelsons have been inviting me up to Dogwood campground for years, but I never could make it… until now. This place was rad, and I got to sleep in a hammock for the first time.

 

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Bridge to Somewhere

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.IMG_4777

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Joshua Tree

I am not usually a fan of the desert but Joshua Tree durring the early part of the year was pretty cool. It wasn’t hot (that is usually my complaint with the desert), it was actually downright cold, but it still had the serenity that you would expect from a desolate location. I got to do some hiking and bouldering while I was there which is always fun. I don’t have all the pics finished but here is some of them

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Mammoth Snowboarding

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I have never had the opportunity until this past weekend to go snowboarding outside of Southern California. To me that meant no challenge of a truly enormous ski area. As you can see below I had been to mammoth before but the chance to explore the mountain was so much more than I could have hoped for. There is so much to see and do on a hill this size that I didn’t even know where to start when I got there. Luckily I had some guides to help me along the way. I traversed most of the mountain throughout my day but I had to skip most of the runs in-between in order to get to see most of what this mountain will have to offer me in the future. Anyone in southern california who hasn’t had the chance to go up to a big mountain to ski yet really needs to make a point out of it. The experience is something I know I will remember for years to come.





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BC pt 2

I have decided that if and when the US economy completely fails, I will be moving to Vancouver. That place is freaking awesome. I spent a few days there after camp and it is probably one of my favorite big city’s ever. The mountains, the buildings, the people, they are all cool. The crime rate (the scary crimes at least like murder) are super low (although car theft is super high, good trade off I guess) and that means you never feel unsafe walking around. Plus the lack of gangs and violent crimes in general in Canada really put your mind at ease (if you are a criminal please don’t move to Canada). Anyway, time for some photos.

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