When we visited Carrizo Plain at the end of March, the wildflower bloom was probably one week before its peak, and it was already incredible to see the sheer amount of wildflowers.
In April, we were on a road trip to California’s “Central Coast” region. On the first day, we drove from San Diego to Santa Barbara and ultimately to Solvang, the Danish-themed little town. I didn’t make any photos there (other than with my cellphone, shared on Instagram) but the following day we drove more inland, returning to Carrizo Plain National Monument.
One of our “summer storm” excursions into the back country ultimately led us all the way into Imperial County and Algodones Dunes. We originally only wanted to visit Santa Ysabel and Laguna Mountains, but from there we saw that the desert was overcast too. While Alex and Toni wandered into the dunes I used the … Read more
Twenty Lakes Basin is an area in the eastern Sierra Nevada, just outside the eastern side of Yosemite National Park, off of Highway 120. A short dirt road leads up to Saddlebag Lake, from where we took the boat-shortcut to hike the Twenty Lakes Basin loop. Gemstone lake is at the beginning of the hike … Read more