I was in Aspen, CO for a work conference and had the opportunity to go to Maroon Bells, which is only a 20 minute drive from Aspen. I am not one for crowds AT ALL and since there were a whole slew of people right at Maroon Lake, I decided to head up to Crater Lake. I was super ticked at myself because I forgot my point-and-shoot camera at home. So, I apologize these photos aren't as crisp and clear as I would normally post.
For our ski trip this year we decided to go to the Lake Tahoe area in California. We flew into Reno, NV and rented a vehicle to drive down to our cute little cabin in the woods just outside of Tahoma, CA. We choose this rental due to location since we knew we would go to Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows due to its popularity and reputation (1960 Winter Olympics). When we planned the trip, a few months ahead of time, we weren't sure what the snow conditions would be when we would be visiting in early February so we choose a cabin rental that would give us flexibility to most of the ski resorts in the area (within a 2 hour drive).
Being one of only two national parks in South Dakota, the Badlands draw people from all over the world to view its beauty. The national park protects 244,000 acres and is home to bison, bighorn sheep, prairie dogs and black-footed ferrets. There is a bounty of mixed-grass prairie and my favorite part about the park is that it looks totally different during different times of the year! View my post from May of 2017 to see what I mean.
Part 2 of our journey brought us to Sequoia National Park. We arrived on Tuesday in the late afternoon, purchased a National Parks Annual Pass and headed out to see if we could find a campsite. We lucked out and found a spot in Potwisha Campground. Since we just bought the annual pass, we got a nice discount on the cost of the campsite. I do love a deal!
You know how when you spend months planning a, hopefully, epic vacation filled with amazing sites, stunning views, exhaustion, stress, and fantastic memories? Well this is my tale of a trip I took with a few friends to a handful of parks in Nevada and California and this is Part 1 of that story!
For the love of travel and new adventures, we live our lives for the next dream fulfilled!