In this backpacking excursion, Milla and I find ourselves above Andrew Molera State Beach in Big Sur’s Santa Lucia Mountains. There we are met with various skyborne wonders.
In 2020, my wife and I finally did what we had been dreaming of doing for the majority of our relationship: backpacking.
This backpacking journal records our growing pains, gear that we find works best, and most importantly, adventure.
In this journey, my wife and I venture into Joshua Tree National Park, stopping along the way at the iconic Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace.
In PART I of this story, I make my way to Paradise Lake in Tahoe National Forest. Getting there, however, proves to be difficult as my truck breaks down in Donner Pass.
In PART II of my adventure to Tahoe’s Paradise Lake, our crew stomps down a stretch of the famed Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and we finally make it to camp.
In PART III of my journey to Paradise Lake, this story comes to an end with an epic and wild 12-mile day hike around Tahoe National’s Paradise Valley.
After years of claims, my wife and I finally get the necessary gear to go backpacking along the Skyline to the Sea Trail.
With a late start already working against us, Milla and I start our trek on the Skyline to the Sea trail in Castle Rock State Park. After a long 8.5 miles, we camp Waterman Gap Camp.