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The Bro’d Trip: April
April began at the lowest point in the United States (geographically not emotionally). Sitting at 282 ft. below sea level, Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park, CA knows how to make you feel tiny.
We met up with our friend, Corinne, via the power of Instagram and she showed us around some of the best spots in the park. I tried to make a couple cairns along the way. The really good one off to the right in the above picture wasn’t mine. I’m not that crafty.
We finally made our way back to sea level where we met up with Michael and Megan for the first time. They run a badass camp cooking blog called Fresh Off the Grid. They can cook food with a campfire that I can’t cook with a full kitchen.
We spent the better part of a week with them in Megan’s family’s beach house in Santa Barbara. We woke up to coffee and breakfast, sat around and talked the mornings away, spent afternoons surfing and exploring the town, and spent evenings eating more delicious food and drinking homemade shandy.
Did I mention they can cook?!
What’s a trip to Santa Barbara without a pitstop at Rincon?
A failed backpacking excursion (bad weather) with FOTG turned into a spur of the moment road trip to Big Sur. The drive up the Pacific Coast Highway is something that everyone needs to do in their lifetime. If not for the magnificent sweeping vista views, then for the hilarious seals at Seal Beach.
The precise moment I fell in love with Big Sur
The moment I knew my love at first sight was real
Waking up at one of our best camp spots to date
We spent a few days driving up and down the coast in search of waves and camping spots better than the first. We found an empty right point break and braved the 50-something degree water for a few hours. Can’t beat that!
When we had our fill it was time to part ways with M+M. Justin and I decided it was time to venture back into the desert.
Justin and his camera/weapon of choice
Just outside of Las Vegas, NV is Red Rock Canyon. Known for a couple good climbing spots and hikes, we opted for a well-known hike that was said by a park ranger to have a “pretty sweet view.”
I decided to take $20 into a casino in Vegas, just to get the experience. About 4 minutes later and a little bit poorer, we left the roulette table in Paris for the comforts of home/office.
Finding a place to get water is never an easy feat. Thankfully, Moab Cyclery is fond of travelers and made fill-up a bit easier.
Justin sticking it on a boulder problem that gave him a few days worth of trouble
Sunrise in Canyonlands National Park, UT
We spent a few days in Moab, UT with Chris and Lauren of Sierra Trading Post. They asked us to film a few fun videos with them and we couldn’t say no to a good time. We attempted to cook some interesting concoctions and drank camp cocktails late into the nights, talking about everything under the sun and moon.
100+ degree heat wears on you so we found it time to get moving. We headed down to Arizona to prepare to work with Merrell for a Tough Mudder event in Phoenix.
But not before a couple pitstops along the way!
Horseshoe Bend, AZ
Monument Valley, UT
We hung out with some of our Merrell team, filmed some promo videos, ran a Tough Mudder with some badass people, and the van even got a haircut!
Since the hotel we left the van at didn’t have a garage tall enough for us to park in, we had to leave the keys with the hotel’s valet company. Apparently they thought they’d try to squeeze it into the garage anyway…. This would end up being one of the biggest setbacks of our whole year. But I’ll get to that in the May recap!