Death Valley

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Death Valley

Out of all the National Parks within in the vicinity of Los Angeles, Death Valley was the last one I had yet to visit. I always knew that I wanted to visit during the winter (because we all know how hot it gets during the summer), so with a few days off on my hands, I decided to take another solo trip and see the park for myself!

The drive there was about 4.5 hours long. I chose the route that took me up the 395 since it’s one of my favorite freeways here. The views during the drive did not disappoint!

Upon getting to the park, I had lunch real quick then went to my first stop.

BADWATER BASIN

At 282 ft below sea level, Badwater Basin is the lowest point in the United States.

Natural Bridge

I don’t know why.. but I was expecting a lot more from this stop. It was a quick hike to the bridge, which was not that grand to be honest. Getting to the trailhead did require some off roading which made the journey fun regardless.

Artist’s Drive + Palette

Next, I headed to Artist’s Palette. I remember being so excited to see this years ago because of the photos I’ve seen in the past. However, after seeing it with my own eyes, the whole view is kind of underwhelming. The drive however was a fun one, and is totally something I recommend doing!

If you could tell by this point, I wasn’t really enjoying my trip. It was pretty hot (I expected it to be way colder since it’s the winter..), there were loads of people at every stop, and the views were nice.. but they weren’t as breathtaking as I expected them to be. I was actually thinking of heading home that night instead of camping like I originally planned.

So for a few hours in the afternoon, I retreated to my campsite and took a nap before heading out to the sand dunes to catch the sunset.


Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes

Whatever bad vibes I was feeling earlier in the afternoon completely disappeared when I got here. This place was absolutely gorgeous and I couldn’t think of a better place to catch the golden hour. I may have also taken waaaay to many photos but whatevs.

I also stayed behind here an hour after sunset to catch a view of stars! We never get to see these type of views in the city so it’s something I always try to take advantage of when I’m out in nature.


The next day, I woke up in THE best mood. I had just slept in my car and woken up in a National Park. The sun was shining on me. I had hot chocolate in my hand. Life was literally perfect.

Zabriskie Point

This was my last spot before heading home. There was a cool little view point that you could walk up to that gave you a general view of the area (where everyone seemed to go), but I found a trail that took me inside and I decided to follow it. Best. Idea. Ever. I hiked for about an hour and only bumped into a couple of people the entire time. And the views inside were amazing! This was the feeling I was looking for during this trip, and I’m so glad that I found it before I left.

After that, it was time to head home! Saw this on the way out. Desert in the front, snow-capped mountains in the back. Only in California.

That concludes my trip! It wasn’t what I expected it to be, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. At least I was able to spend a couple of days outside.

That’s always a win in my book.

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Ladder Canyon and Salton Sea

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Ladder Canyon and Salton Sea


Took the Sub off roading for the first time and ventured into some slot canyons. Also ended the day by watching the sunset in the second lowest place in the United States- the Salton Sea!

It’s always crazy to think that these places are within a few hours of LA. Just goes to show how a little bit of effort when it comes to seeking out adventure pays off!

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Two National Parks in Less Than 24 Hours

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Two National Parks in Less Than 24 Hours

If you know me, then you’d know by now that Zion is one of my favorite National Parks ever. There’s just something about it that keeps me coming back. To see it during the winter has been on my mind for quite some time now, so last Friday, I made the decision to make a trip there for the weekend! It was my most spontaneous and unplanned trip to date, and boy did a lot of things go unplanned, but that’s what made this one so memorable!

Here’s my adventure!


It started with me leaving LA early Saturday morning. Upon reaching Nevada, I noticed that I had a nail in my tire.

I stopped by a local tire shop to get it repaired and my conversation with the owner went like this:

Owner: “What’s your name?”
Me: “Camille.”
Owner: “Oh wow, I have not heard that name in FOREVER. I used to date a Camille. Good memories!”

*an hour later*

Owner: “Your tire’s fixed! And don’t worry about paying us. Have a good rest of your road trip!”

This seriously made my day!


After that, Zion was next! Due to the government shutdown, I wasn’t sure if the campsites were going to be open. But upon entering the park, I was greeted by the nicest park ranger who told me to choose any site I wanted.

It was already getting close to sunset by this time so I decided to head to one of my favorite spot’s in the park and spent the rest of daylight there.

After getting back to camp, I was determined to set up my tent.. only to realize that I left the poles at home. At this point it was starting to get really cold and I had to improvise. Good thing I’ve been reading up on how to turn a Subaru into a camper lately! So I put the backseats down on my car, moved some stuff to the front, and vioala!

#VANLYFE

It was honestly more comfortable than I expected it to be and I 100% would do this again. Plus the view when I woke up the next morning was nothing short of amazing!

Before going to bed the night before, the thought of going to Bryce popped into my head. I didn’t think about it before as the drive back would be kind of far, but since it was already so close to Zion, how could I resist? But first, a quick gourmet breakfast and checking out the last bit of the canyon was in order.

My baby!!! It’s the perfect adventure car :’)

The drive to Bryce offered some pretty amazing views! But little did I know how much more breathtaking the scenes would be once I reached the park. Everything was covered in snow which turned it into a winter wonderland. I’ll just let the photos below do the talking!

After that, it was time to head out. On the way back, I noticed that this portion of the road looked really pretty so I pulled over so I could take a photo in the middle of it.. Classic Camille.

And that concludes my weekend road trip!

If there’s anything I learned, it’s that life sometimes doesn’t go as planned and that’s when you just have to roll with it and make the most out of the situation.

‘Til the next one!

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Timber Mountain

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Timber Mountain

I’ve been wanting to try some real hiking in the snow for some time now, but have always been intimidated by it. Today was the day that all of that ended! My friend and I decided to head out to the Cucamonga Wilderness to try to see if we could summit Timber Mountain. Since it rained all day yesterday, the mountains were filled with a heavy dusting of new snow. All that fresh powder made for the perfect hiking conditions. On top of that, this trail has some of the best views I’ve ever seen which made the entire experience even more surreal.

The hike to the Saddle wasn’t that bad. Conditions changed though once we reached the final ascent to the summit. Microspikes and poles were definitely a must! It would have been nice to have snowshoes on hand too when we reached the last mile or so because the snow became shin deep in some areas.


After what seemed like a never-ending ascent, we made it to the top! The views were absolutely breathtaking and made every step worth it.

Obligatory summit selfie!

We stayed at the summit for about 30 minutes and then we saw some not so nice looking clouds roll in and decided that it was time to head back down.

Aaaand that was my hike of Timber Mountain.


8.2 miles.
3,336 feet of elevation gain.
8,303 feet in elevation at the summit.

First hike of the year and my first ever snow summit! 

Here's to pushing myself out of my comfort zone and hopefully conquering more mountains this year.

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Big Horn Mine

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Big Horn Mine

The mountains were calling so we answered!

Drove a couple of hours out of the city and found ourselves hiking in snow.

Also! To step foot on the Pacific Crest Trail is something I've been wanting to do for a while now. Glad I finally crossed it off my bucket list today! Can't wait to hike more of the trail in the future.

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