I’m currently on a three-week vacation from work and I with my birthday coming up, I wanted to do something that I’ve never done before. So earlier this week, I decided to go on my very first solo road trip! I had hesitations about doing this as I’ve never driven this far on my own. But since seeing the fall colors was also something that’s been on my bucket list for a while now, I figured I’d cross two things off at that list at the same time by heading to the Eastern Sierras to the June Lake/Mammoth area. It was a short two-day trip, but it’s definitely one for the books.

My first day of the trip consisted of driving from LA to June Lake. I also chose my film camera as my main method of photography for trip. Unfortunately, the first roll of film that contained my June Lake photos came out blank. While I’m extremely disappointed that that happened, it’s also a risk that you take when you go with this method of photography.

Nonetheless, one roll of film was still successfully developed! After June Lake and getting a bit of rest at my hotel, I headed down to Mono Lake to catch the sunset. Seeing the tufas surround the water made me feel like I was in a different planet.

The next morning, I wanted to head to some hot creeks but realized that my little Nissan Sentra wasn’t made for off roading and I couldn’t make it to the site. The view from the small road I took to get there was breathtaking nonetheless!

It was great getting to stop by wherever and whenever I wanted on this road trip. Perks of being solo, I guess.

Before heading back home, I quickly stopped by Convict Lake.

It’s amazing how accessible these mountains are here.

One last look at the fall colors before heading back to the palm trees in the city.

And that concludes my trip! As much as I love getting to share these moments with people, it was also great to experience it alone. It was a couple of days filled with lots of driving, exploring, and most of all, time to myself to reflect how truly amazing this planet is that we get to live in. It was also a great little retreat to get away from all the hustle and bustle of life back home. If ever you get the chance to do something like this, I absolutely recommend it. You won’t regret it.