For the past almost seven months (yikes!), I’ve tried to pass along advice, information, funny stories, and helpful hints that could inspire you to try solo hiking and camping. Now, it’s time for me to ask for something in return.
You see, I’ve never been to California. (I’ll wait while you gasp in disbelief.) I know, I know, it’s a tragedy. Even on my cross country trip I just didn’t make it that far west. I promised myself that, one day, I would fly out to San Diego, rent a car, and drive to Seattle, hiking, camping and sightseeing along the way. I just haven’t managed to make that happen — but things are about to change.
I’ll be spending some time in San Diego this spring and summer for work, and will probably be able to squeeze in some leisure time to explore by extending my trips for weekends here and there. I know I must see Joshua Tree, of course, and if I can manage to get north of LA, I know Yosemite calls, as does Death Valley.
But I need specifics! What trails/campgrounds/nature sights do you recommend? What’s a not-to-be-missed? What is your sense of how these trails and campgrounds would suit a solo female (population, skill level, security, etc.)? What can be accomplished in one- or two-day trips from San Diego? Heck, I’ll take restaurant recommendations too…
Thanks! And as I explore this area that is new to me, I’ll keep you posted!
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