Trail Camp

Eddie Vedder

We saw Eddie Vedder live for the first time yesterday evening at the Ohana Music Festival at Dana Point, CA. He is my favourite musician and has influenced me through his music for as long as I can remember. The first CD I owned was Ten (Pearl Jam) given to me by my big brother. I was instantly hooked!

When Eddie Vedder released his soundtrack Into The Wild, I must have listened to it hundreds of times on repeat for months. This soundtrack was my inspiration for the background music of my Mt. Whitney hike that I dedicated to my dad who passed away in 2009.

During his show last night, he reminded us to appreciate the good moments in life and never take them for granted. Life is amazing and although the world is going through some major events, it’s still important to pause and find the beauty!

Mt. Whitney

Mt. Whitney

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.

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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

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.

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