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Destination: Bishop, CA

Destination: Bishop, CA

Continuation from Destination: June Lake Day Two: Bishop and Happies Leaving June Lake in the morning was pretty rough. The cottage was super cozy and warm!!! We took our sweet time and eventually made our way down to Bishop. Our first stop was securing a campsite. We didn’t really know how crowded it would be so we wanted to make sure we got a campsite before heading out for the day. When putting “Pleasant Valley Campground” into GPS, it lead…

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Destination: June Lake, CA (and Bishop)

Destination: June Lake, CA (and Bishop)

DAY 1: June Lake, CA What do you do when you just so happen to get a week off work, your fiance works remotely, autumn/climbing season is about to start and you live like 4 hours from Bishop- one of the best climbing spots in the world?!?! You plan a last minute climbing trip… DUH!!! After Joshua Tree completely kicked our butts and showed us that our V4 gyms skills are nothing compared to Mother Nature, we’ve been eagerly waiting…

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Destination: First and Second Lake, Big Pine, CA

Destination: First and Second Lake, Big Pine, CA

Part 1: Permits I remember my unemployed self trying to plan out trips over a year ago. To my surprise practically every single campsite I attempted to reserve was fully booked throughout the entire summer. It turns out that people wait for reservations to open months in advance and as soon as the listings are open to the public, weekend sites are all reserved within minutes and completely sell out shortly after that. The other alternative is to backpack and…

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Living with Death

Living with Death

I have come to know that it [death] is an important thing to keep in mind — not to complain or to make melancholy, but simply because only with the honest knowledge that one day I will die I can ever truly begin to live.” —R.A. Salvatore, The Halfling’s Gem These words have become a basis for how Corey and I try to approach life. If anyone really knows him, they’ll know that he has this somewhat irrational fear of…

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Destination: Zion National Park, UT

Destination: Zion National Park, UT

A few weeks ago (or months at this point) I ventured to Zion for the first time ever! It was a quick trip seemingly no different than my other adventures, but this was one was truly something special! Zion has been a dream of mine since I was kid, and the way this trip came together and the way it panned out was more perfect than I could’ve ever hoped for. I made countless memories that I’ll definitely cherish for…

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Destination: Mojave National Preserve, CA

Destination: Mojave National Preserve, CA

I didn’t realize that I never posted about our trip to the Mojave National Preserve in 2016! This was our first Thanksgiving away from home which was especially hard for me because it’s one of the few holidays that my family actually celebrates. I ended up working the holiday, but we decided to celebrate a little later with our own little spin… (PS it’s the first video I’ve ever put together!) It doesn’t need to be Thanksgiving Day to be…

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Destination: Carrizo Plain National Monument, CA

Destination: Carrizo Plain National Monument, CA

I’m typically the one who initiates going on a trip, so when Corey suggested that we go camp out for a night at Joshua Tree again, I was beyond excited! I don’t know if he had thought it through and actually had an intention of going, but I took the idea and ran with it. I only had two days off in between my long span of work days and then I’d be leaving for Zion. It’s short amount of…

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Destination: Joshua Tree National Park

Destination: Joshua Tree National Park

One of the main draws for moving to Los Angeles was being closer to the many places I’ve been wanting to explore. Most people have heard of Yosemite or Sequoia National Park, but unless you’re a climber, chances are you’ve never really paid attention to Joshua Tree National Park. At least that was how I felt when I was still on the East Coast. Actually it wasn’t until I started working at the climbing gym that I kept hearing of…

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Introduction to Our 2017

Introduction to Our 2017

The blog has been pretty quiet for the past few months. I find it hard to write about the day-to-day and to organize my thoughts into a cohesive post. Because of that, I’ve been pretty much at a loss on what to write. Since my last post (way in December), a lot of things have happened. I visited Boston for the first time since settling in LA. Upon returning home, I caught a virus, developed a sinus/ear infection, and was…

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