Back in June I had the privilege of being a member of the Landmark Project crew organized by Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation working on The American Priaire Reserve.
Music by Ochre (ochremusic.com)
2. The Balance
3. Hang Garden
A photographic definition of serenity. I had been staying at Battle Ridge campground which offered some nice trails and sightseeing, ie views of the snowcapped mountains. But a grim history and its proximity to the roadway deemed it an unfulfilling camping experience as far as intrepid adventure goes. It is convenient for hopping into Bozeman, and has accommodations such as a few vault toilets, picnic table, and camp grill. But, today and tonight I want something different.
Pressing on towards Bozeman, MT we were near the Idaho and Montana border and needed a place to stay the night. It was National Forest territory so we got off at a promising exit and drove around on a gravel road. There was an amazing view of some snow covered mountains so we stopped and saw that there was a quasi-campsite basically on the side of the road. We parked then hiked up a bit to explore the mountainside that we were on then came down and I saw a river down in the valley and snow still on the ground (It was about 65 degrees and had been 80 where we were earlier in the day!.
Continuing up the coast we entered Los Padres National Forest, home to some of the largest trees in the world, the Redwood Sequoia. The coastline drive quickly gave way to cliffsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean as we entered "el país grande del sur” as it was once known to the first European settlers in 1770 led by Gaspar de Portolá who founded Monterey Bay, seventy miles north.
After leaving Death Valley we headed south in order to go north because there are no roads that go through Sequoia National Forest which is right next door to Death Valley. We had no idea where we would be spending the night but we knew it should be nearby in Sequoia because we were tired of driving and wanted to have time to just chill. Through looking on freecampsites.com we found out that there is free dispersed camping along the Kern River in Sequoia National Forest which is near Kernville, California. KERN. Hahaa.
Monday, March 24th 2014
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Tuesday, March 18th 2014
The next morning we packed up and drove on to Albuquerque for some New Mexican breakfast. Our diner of choice was Lollie's in a little offshoot from downtown. We got carne adovada with eggs, huevos rancheros, beef and bean sopapilla, chicharrones, and sweet rice for dessert. Yeah, we went all out. The waitress came to the table after our feast and exclaimed, “Man, you guys were hungry!”