Welcome to Field Notes, a quick behind-the-scenes recap of the goings on in my life that didn’t make the cut for social media or larger blog posts. Essentially, this is a dumping grounds for photos and thoughts that I believe are worth a glance.
For the full photo album, click here. And don’t forget to “like” my Facebook page while you’re at it!
The Bro’d Trip: May
We started May in a bit of a bind. Our van had just gotten wrecked by a hotel valet company and we were stranded (well, in a nice hotel) in Scottsdale, AZ. After a ton of phone calls and logistical headaches, we devised a plan to keep moving forward.
We rented an RV.
With the persuasive help of some friends, we got the valet company to agree to reimburse us since we were on a mission and they had essentially caused our mission to come to a screeching halt. And just like that, we were in California.
Since my birthday was spent in AZ doing logistical crap, we booked it straight to San Clemente, CA to properly celebrate with some surfing. We spent the better part of a week parked right next to the beach, drinking coffee and surfing in the morning and making friends with strange people who camped in neighboring parking spots.
We only gave ourselves 3 days in Yosemite National Park. It wasn’t nearly enough.
My favorite spot in Yosemite was definitely Glacier Point. It’s perfect for taking in views, checking out wildlife, and even do some scenic skateboarding.
Just a quick drive from Yosemite, we made sure to spend a couple days in Sequoia National Park. Our friend, Sean, was working in the park and was nice enough to introduce us to his friends and show us some of his favorite spots in the area. Aside from the gigantic trees everywhere and the bears we saw in Crescent Meadow, my favorite part was driving and skateboarding through Tunnel Log. You can probably guess why….
In Utah we managed to find a fairly well-hidden slot canyon. The 3 mile hike was pretty difficult, and crossing through the stream was a little dangerous (and freezing cold), but the view was well worth the effort!
The main reason we went to Utah is to see The Wave. With only 10 permits granted per day, you have to win a lottery just to gain access to hike to it. On our second day of playing the lottery we won! It was truly an experience of a lifetime. The textures created by years and years of erosion is unlike anything I’ve seen before.
We rounded out May with more beautiful views in the desert. Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks were both great in their own way. But a word to the wise, don’t go on Memorial Day!