Sometimes the best adventure is an unplanned one, in this case, hopping into your car and heading for the open road. Pick a route, grab some snacks, and pull over to explore along the way. On an early summer evening Falicia did just that, heading out on Highway 20 for a long cruise with her Spruce & Gunn gear in tow. Enjoy the photos below and let it inspire to head on your road trip, even if it's just for an hour or two. Check out more Falicia's adventures here.
Today's photo story highlights Allee's fall trip through Yosemite. Allee is a nature and adventure lifestyle photographer based of the LA/Southern California area. Originally from New England, Allee spent her younger years exploring the woods near her parents home getting lost and building forts with her friends. After moving to LA and realizing she needed a break from the city she began road tripping as an escape and quickly reconnected with nature and fond memories of getting lost outside in the woods from her childhood. She soon realized she was spending more time on the road than not and did what any adventure minded person do, sold all her belongings and committed herself to a life on the road following opportunities as they came her way. With her camera in tow she documented her adventures and began to build a brand and a following of people excited to see where she ends up next.
We cruised up to Yosemite just in time for sunset at Tunnel View, the infamous scenic spot just before you descend into Yosemite valley. The overlook off State Route 41 boasts views of some of the national park’s most admired features including Half Dome, El Capitan and Bridalveil Falls.
After meeting up with some friends that live and work in the park, we headed up towards Glacier & Taft Point to camp so we would be ready and waiting when the sun rose.
Sunrise at Glacier point was nothing short of breathtaking. We made friends with some other early risers skating Glacier Point Road, which was otherwise empty this early in the day.
We cruised back down to the valley for the day, scoring an amazing camp spot at Camp 4 during the infamous “Rocktober,” sharing our home for the evening with some of the greatest legends in climbing. That afternoon we took some time to chill, enjoying the highly coveted camp site we had been fortunate to claim and spending dinner around the campfire before retiring for the night.
After two and a half adventure filled days in Yosemite we made our way south to Mammoth Lakes. We set up camp at some of my favorite hot springs, sneaking in a quick shoot with the stars. Jumping into the springs around midnight, we met some other brave friends basking in the warmth of the water in the otherwise frozen night.
That morning I woke for the sunrise, struggled to unzip the frosted over tent door. Sunrise over the Eastern Sierras from the wide open land where the hot springs lay is one of my favorite and most breathtaking views. So it only seems fitting that the steam rising from the heart shaped hot spring is also one of my all time favorite shots, mostly due to the nostalgia it evokes. I’ve been fortunate to make many memories with some incredible people at this spot over the years.
After an already breathtaking start to the day, we continued, coasting on the best of vibes and the open road, spending the rest of the day cruising the June Lake loop before heading back to LA.