I apologize for the mess! We just returned from a camping trip with friends in the Eastern Sierra Nevadas. We camped out in Tinnemaha Creek Campground. It was a short but sweet trip. I’ve never been out in the Eastern Sierra Nevadas. The landscape here is quite interesting — desert life in the foreground and high icy mountains in the background. I would love to explore other parts of the Eastern Sierras such as Mono Lake, Manzanar, and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.
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To be honest, I have love/hate relationship with camping. I enjoy the outdoors, taking photos, and collecting stamps and stickers for my National Park passport. But I hate all the waste produced at the end of a camping trip (i.e. bags of discarded paper plates, single-use plastic, etc.). I am also appalled by what people bring to a camping trip like another tent to shower. We’re only camping at a place with no running water for no more than 48 hours so a shower can wait. I like to use camping as an opportunity to unplug, unwind, and find inspiration a la Thoreau’s Walden. A competition on who has the flashiest camping equipment ruins the fun of camping for me.
Any tips on how to waste less on a camping trip? Comment below!
Botanical garden break
Across the street from my work is the botanical gardens. As soon as you step in, the sound of moving cars fades into the sound of moving leaves. Though it takes up a small piece of land (relative to the rest of the campus), there are so many walking paths. I will try to make it a point to come here on my lunch breaks once per week.