This was our first big experience at a National Park in Utah, so we were VERY EXCITED. Because I am so in love with all things desert, Utah is one of those places I had been looking forward to the most on our trip. And it did not disappoint.
We spent a lot of time in the city of Homer, in Alaska. Ian and I absolutely fell in love with this coastal town, the community of it, as well as the shops and restaurants surrounded by beautiful mountains. Homer is the kind of place that you never forget, there is a majesty to it, that can't be explained unless you visit yourself.
This was the kind of Alaska we were waiting for. After we came back from Denali, we felt a little defeated, and really wanted to experience the amazingness that is Alaska. Well, we got it with Chugach National Forest and the drive through Seward. We were pleasantly surprised, with this area of Alaska that isn't talked about enough.
We didn’t plan this visit the best, we were coming from a relaxing week in Squamish, and arrived to Banff on a crowded and sunny Friday. It makes it very difficult to camp on weekends like this, so we laid low and camped in turnouts until the weekend was over.
So, of course I've been to Joshua Tree many times before; but each time I try to go on trails I've never been, and discover new things within Joshua Tree that are new to me. But more importantly, this trip was a special one, because, I got engaged!
So, since my whole Big Sur amazingly perfect birthday extravaganza, our weekends have been pretty mellow, this one included. I WILL say, it was nice to explore Escondido, where I'm from, and fun to realize there is climbing right around the corner from the house I grew up.
So, I was asking Ian all weekend, why is this place called Horse Flats? There are no horses anywhere, and I'm sorely disappointed (not like I was really expecting a lot of horses in the San Gabriel Mountains, just sayin'...it IS CALLED HORSE FLATS, so...). After a bit of research, I found out that Horse Flats was a place bandits would come and hide their stolen horses- camping in a place with a strange history like this makes it even more exciting and interesting, right?! And I was itching to get away and camp this weekend, so a place just an hour outside of LA sounded perfect to me.
We made the decision to go camping in Holcomb Valley this weekend. This decision was made however, before we knew it would be snowing. SNOW IN CALIFORNIA IN MAY?! Needless to say, I was beyond excited. I realized once we got to the campground (which was empty) however, no other people are as crazy as us, and voluntarily spend their Friday afternoon driving through a snow flurry with icy roads and low visibility. Oh well, what's a trip without a little adventure, right?