Wind Cave Trail in Mesa, Arizona

This past November, I was fortunate enough to travel with my club soccer to the National Tournament in Mesa, Arizona. While my team did not play as well as we had wanted to, our early elimination had one silver lining: we got to stay an extra day and go on a really cool hike!

Just a heads up – these are all iphone photos so they won’t be as great as quality of usual, but I think you can still get a good idea of the hike.

Wind Cave Trail is an easy, 3 mile, out and back hike in Usery Mountain regional park. The trail is fairly flat for most of the hike until the end where it gets moderately steep. The views from the tops are not the best I’ve ever seen, but the hike itself is really enjoyable, and there are a ton of interesting plants to see.

Our team’s goal while we were in Arizona was to see a lot cactuses, and this hike really delivered on that. Some of these cactuses were 15 plus feet tall and it was really cool. One of the girls brought along her polaroid camera and we had a lot of fun posing with cactuses and playing with her camera.

As I said earlier, the first part of the hike is pretty flat. You’re walking on a twisting path between a lot of cactuses. On a couple occasions, the trail dips down into a dried out creek bed. The trail is flat like this for about a mile.

Next, the trail begins to climb. It’s not that steep, but it climbs steadily. Sadly, the cactuses are not as frequent as you get to a higher elevation. The trail sort of follows the edge of the mountain until it wraps around and you make it to the caves. I was told by fellow hikers that the caves make a whistling sound when its windy out. From the caves, you get a view of the trail you just climbed, and a big sign made out of rocks on the side of the mountain that says Phoenix, Arizona with an arrow pointing towards downtown, Unfortunately, it was too far away to get a great picture of it.

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one of the steepest parts of the trail

If you keep climbing up past the caves, you get a cool view looking out over the park. This is a good place to take a quick break and maybe eat lunch or some snacks.

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The climb down is fairly quick. I think the whole hike took us about 2.5 hours, but we were messing around and taking pictures and took a long break at the top. Even though we didn’t move on at Nationals, I’m still had a ton of fun in Arizona and I’m really glad we got to do this hike. If you’re ever in Mesa and looking for something to do, I would definitely recommend this hike!

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Thanks for reading!!
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Nature Photo Collab

I know this isn’t quite an adventure but…

Fun fact about me: I really enjoy hand lettering and like to think that I’m at least semi-decent at it. This past quarter at school I’ve been working with one of my friends, who is an incredibly talented nature photographer, to combine my lettering with his photography into prints. These are only preliminary ideas that need a bit of work to get them to the final product, but I thought I would share them because I am literally obsessed.

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This particular photo was actually what inspired the name of this blog, and I just changed it to be the header photo for this site. This photo was actually taken over a salt flat in Death Valley around sunset, which I think is sick.

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I love puns, they are my favorite thing in the world.

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I really like this one because I feel like the photo matches the quote super well. Also the single consistent color of the photo is pleasing.

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This photo of a buffalo was taken on Catalina island. The sunset in the background is gorgeous and the detail on the hair of the buffalo is crazy.

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I think this one might be one of my favorites because the reflection is gorgeous and the quote fits nicely into the photo.

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This little girl is adorable and the bird detail is incredible. Words might need to be darkened but also a huge fan of this one.

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Favorite quote in the entire world and one of my favorite place as well. This was taken in Big Sur at Pfeiffer State park.

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Hope you enjoyed! 🙂 There’s a few more in the works and I’ll post updates as we work on them more!

UPDATE: here’s the link to the final ones!

 

 

Why this blog exists

Welcome to my happy place.

A few days ago, I was on the phone with my twin, recounting the latest hike I had went on, and (possibly in an effort to get me to stop talking about it) he jokingly suggested that I should start “writing this stuff down”. I digested that as our conversation continued, and the more I thought about it, the more I thought that it would be cool to have a place where I could write down my experiences and chronicle them for myself; a way for myself to experience the nature that I so woefully lack while at school in Los Angeles. Thus, this blog was born.

This is for myself, but if anyone happens to stumble across this, please enjoy my ramblings and incredibly average photography 🙂 .

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Backpacking in High Valley in Yosemite last summer – more to come later