Galactic Vibes
Day 20 (June 19): Cameron and I woke up in our hammocks under the tree canopy a bit chilled from the night’s air that whipped around under us as we suspended between trees. We spent today relaxing in the natural hot springs once again and took every opportunity to meet the new people around us deep in the back country. We spent countless hours sitting in the hottubs while also talking to a couple from the Netherlands about international adventures. We talked for an hour or so and in the tub as we watched one of the most poisonous snakes in the world, a Green Mojave slither past us towards the forest. We also had the pleasure of meeting a couple from Santa Cruz who we spent hours talking to and listening to their stories of cross country hitchhiking adventures and leaving everything behind to find themselves in nature. Today has been the most relaxing day we’ve had yet on this trip, we finished the night watching the stars and milky way once again while we relaxed in the 100 degree waters.
Hired a new surfing teacher today, he’s been showing me how its done ever since.
Day 19 (June 18) PART 2: As Cameron and I headed to the springs we met two girls from San Francisco, one of which was a high school math teacher. We talked about how they planned to go to burning man later in the year and about if she was going to tell her students. We found out they hoola hooped and they invited us to play cards later in the night once it got dark. We accepted and then headed off to towards the springs. The water was a little over 100° F and it felt perfect, their was a slight sulfur smell near the springs but we got used to it extremely fast as we looked up at the tree canopy above us. As we soaked in the pools I balanced rocks on one another and made mini rock temples. We spent the rest of the day in the warm waters until the stars came out and we almost fell asleep. We walked back to our camp and passed a jar of peanut butter back and forth between our hammocks until we fell asleep tucked away in our sleeping bags under the milky way.
@soulection showed love to the track @kolossalxed and I made today by playing it on their radio show. There isn’t anything to say but Thank You <3
Day 19 (June 18): We woke up this morning earlier than the motel staff. We had to ring a bell to check out and a still half asleep man with a tired voice came out of the back where he was sleeping and took our key. We headed down the coastal highway and wound up at the beautiful Big Sur, we stopped in the local market and grabbed fresh mangoes for us to eat near the sea. As we drove next to the sea we found a pull off and stopped there to eat our fresh fruit. We turned on some Jack Johnson and sat ontop of the truck as we stared at the endless ocean. We spent some time staring into the horizon where the clouds blended into the ocean. When we left we drove farther down the coast headed to the beginning of our 10 mile trail. The trail was rugged and mountainous but at the end we were  rewarded with beautiful natural hot springs and shade from the son. We set up camp with our tent and we lounged in our hammocks eating peanut butter before hitting the springs.
Day 18 (June 17): Cameron and I woke up today in the parking lot of a Walmart in Fresno, California. We hopped out barefooted onto the black pavement of the parking lot. We brushed out teeth right there while putting our shoes on, we rinsed out toothbrushes off with the jug of water we had stored in the back and then left for the 4 hour drive to the coast. 4 hour drives have become a luxary for Cameron and I, we’ve done so many 8 hour drives that our pinched nerves in our shoulders don’t even bother us. When we arrived in Monterey Bay we sat on the beach as we watched a group of junior life guards run into the water and start drilling with their instructors. For some reason the smell of the ocean air and the sounds of the seagulls and waves crashing puts me into a state of serenity, I like to believe that its because my first 3 years of life were lived on the coasts of the Atlantic and my first memory I can remember takes place on a beach, but I know many people who feel this same way. When we finished walking the beach we made lunch in the front seat of the truck, tonights meal was fit for the gods; ramen noodles and hot sauce. We tried to find a place to stay and camp at for the night nearby but we couldn’t find any, tonight was the first and only night we’d get a motel room. We spent the rest of the day relaxing on the bed watching TV, eating pizza, and recouping our energy, tomorrow we had a 10 mile hike in the blazing Californian sun.
Day 17 (June 16): We woke up in our hammocks to the sounds of the creek flowing nearby and the birds singing in the giant pine trees above us. The temperature last night got a bit colder than we expected so we ended up zipping our sleeping bags up to our chins to stay warm. We went out today to get one last look at the sequoias before we left towards the California coast. Our feet were sore from yesterdays barefoot hike but we decided to trek on and continue with our barefooted escapades, our feet would heal with time but barefooted hikes quickly became our favorite thing to do. When it was time to leave the sequoias we headed off towards Fresno, California. We stopped at a fruit stand on the side of the road and bought a big container of strawberries and blackberries that were picked straight from the field behind the stand. They were easily the best fruit we ever tasted and we ate the whole container within minutes. When we reached Fresno we came across an Applebee’s and had our first meal we hadn’t had to prepare ourselves since the trip began. We headed to the closest Walmart and parked near the RV’s and hopped into our hand built bed, tomorrow we were finally going to reach the coast and touch the Pacific ocean and smell the ocean’s breeze.