Camping, hiking, backpacking, climbing & exploring the great outdoors definitely isn’t for everyone, but it absolutely is for me! When I moved to California a little over 2 months ago, these activities were on my MUST DO list.
The overwhelming desire to spend as much time as possible in the vast wonder that is “America the Beautiful” started 2 years ago, after going on a magical 2 week trip with my mother and aunt, touring some of our most awe inspiring National Parks. I spent time enjoying the magnificence of so many natural wonders, including the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon, Antelope Canyon, Mesa Verde, the Grand Tetons, Monument Valley, Arches, Canyonlands, & Yellowstone National Park. After that trip, I knew I wanted a life that included spending as much time as possible in places that had the same unmatched glory. Already a pretty accomplished endurance athlete, I also knew I wanted to take on the new challenge of adventure racing in that environment.
So, shortly after I returned home to Chicago, I got a part-time job at The North Face store and began to learn more about outdoor specific activities and sports. I loved it! I took in as much information as possible about all the different gear, technology, techniques, etc. I also started amassing my own collection of hiking & exploring gear.
Fast forward… I now live in California, & after just 2 months here, I went to Yosemite National Park to spend quality time in the woods. My first trip was a short one, but it was enough to take me right back to the much needed peace & calm I felt 2 years ago on my first trip into the wild. My coworker loved the idea of my adventure & I invited her to join in. Hi Freska! Everyone deserves a little wilderness healing.
It rained, hailed & the temperature got down to freezing, but I was in heaven, completely unplugged from the world with no cell phone service, no computers or tv. It was my chance to destress, decompress, & just be. I was bundled up, snuggled in a sleeping bag, in a tent, with my food safely in the bear food locker just outside… and it was perfect. I did have some trouble getting my bonfire started, but now I have it down for my next trip. I’m more than ready.
Despite the bonfire issues, I still managed to grill a pizza & make several cups of tea. Go me!
Never stop exploring!