FIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

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The Bro’d Trip: April

FIELD NOTES | 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.

FIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

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.

FIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

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.FIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

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.
FIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

Did I mention they can cook?!

FIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

What’s a trip to Santa Barbara without a pitstop at Rincon?

FIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

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.

FIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

The precise moment I fell in love with Big SurFIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

The moment I knew my love at first sight was realFIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

Waking up at one of our best camp spots to dateFIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

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.

FIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

Justin and his camera/weapon of choiceFIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

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.”

Sweet indeed.

FIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

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.

FIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

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.FIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

Justin sticking it on a boulder problem that gave him a few days worth of troubleFIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

Sunrise in Canyonlands National Park, UTFIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April FIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

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.FIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

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!

FIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

Horseshoe Bend, AZFIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

Monument Valley, UTFIELD NOTES | The Bro’d Trip: April

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!

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2 Comments

  1. Hugo Walker December 30, 2016 at 3:41 pm #

    Love the photos/comments even if these are just the leftovers! Hope the van got fixed in a timely manner! How did you guys go about selecting the van? I am so worried about buying a used Sprinter (don’t know how to repair motors)!!

    • Adam Fricke December 30, 2016 at 9:49 pm #

      Thanks Hugo!
      We searched far and wide for our Sprinter. Ended up buying it from a private seller in RI (we’re from FL) and driving it back to build it out for the trip. We know absolutely nothing about repairing cars and we managed to survive. Granted repairs on Sprinters are a bit pricier due to unique parts and not all places will work on them. But they run well and ours has held up great!

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