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The 2014 Bucket List

I just HAD to interrupt the continuing story of my 2013 National Parks Road Trip for this —

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Torres Del Paine perfection

Torres Del Paine perfection

GAWDAYM. I really, really wish I wasn’t in school sometimes. And…I wish I was married to some rich guy who also likes to travel. RICH MEN, COME TO ME.

So as I’ve gotten older, I’ve been debating all the things I want to do now while I’m free as a bird (albeit in debt) and single (and childless – which may be forever, or not…)

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Backpacking Diaries: DESOLATION WILDERNESS Part I!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:

Lake Aloha and the Crystal Range

Lake Aloha and the Crystal Range

DESOLATION WILDERNESS IS MY FAVORITE PLACE ON EARTH!

Desolation Valley

Desolation Valley

I came here on my first backpacking trip ever. As they say, you never forget your first love.

2012 was the year of a lot of firsts for me. I started organizing and leading my own backpacking trips (I never trusted myself to do that before) – did my first 5 night backpacking trip and organized 5 trips in one summer. Despite the headaches of organizing trip logistics, it was actually pretty damn fun. This trip that I led to Deso involved five friends with varying degrees of backpacking experience – including Rob, who did his first trip with us!

DAY 1: The Hike In

At 5 pm, Darrel and I met up at the Glen Alpine trailhead and went over our gear together. It was a bit much. He brought his scale and we weighed our packs. My pack: 32 lbs. His pack: 43 lbs. He’s not exactly a light backpacker.

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Pre-hike sparring

We started hiking in around 7 pm and made it to Susie Lake by a little after 9 pm – it’s about a 4 mile hike there. While it was pretty dark after 8:30, the wilderness and lake was gorgeous at night! We set up camp and I took a photo of Susie lake with the stars reflecting in the lake below…

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Stars in the sky – and reflected in Susie Lake

DAY 2: Susie and Heather Lakes

We decided to take it easy the next day since Darrel did the 4+ hour drive to Tahoe right after working a 10 hour day. So we blew up our floaties, filled up our dry-sacks with our leisure gear, and floated/hauled ass over to one of Susie Lake’s many islands, where we pretty much slept and ate and swam all day. He even had the solar panel charger for the ipod dock. There’s just nothing more refreshing than laying on a granite rock in the sun, listening to the wind, in one of the most beautiful places on earth! At least, in California 🙂

Susie Lake, glistening in the morning

Susie Lake, glistening in the morning

Heavely

Heavenly

Despite enjoying the serenity of the lake, I still like to be active each day and hella wanted to go hiking. So we make a VERY short trip (less than a mile one way) over to nearby Heather Lake. I got on my floatie and paddled over to a few of Heather Lake’s islands. One has a pretty tall, almost mini-mountain on it. I climbed up and started yelling to Darrel to get his attention.

Where's the pool

Where’s the pool

Then the most amazing thing happened to me..

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