Mt. Whitney stands at 14, 505 ft (4,421 m) and is the highest peak in the contiguous United States. I first heard of Mt. Whitney when I was shopping for a hiking book in my local REI store and it was love at first sight! I knew I had to hike this mountain and wanted to face this challenge alone. I had no idea if I could do it but I knew I had to try and after reading “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed, I felt inspired and capable of facing this on my own. So, on October 9th, 2014 I began my adventure to the summit of Mt. Whitney.
In May 2014, only a few months after moving to California, Jonathan and I took a three day camping trip to Joshua Tree National Park. Of all the National Parks I have visited, this is one of the most spectacular parks offering amazing views of the desert, wildlife, cacti and Joshua Trees. I also have a very emotional tie with Joshua Tree National Park as it was the last adventure with my father before he passed away.