ROAD TRIP: California's Beautiful Deserts

ROAD TRIP: California's Beautiful Deserts

What up everyone. Kristin here with Be My Travel Muse. It's a glorious day outside. I always start videos that way, telling you
about the weather. I don't know why. Anyway, I am going to explore a bit of parts
of California I've never seen before today. I was born and raised in southern California
but I've never been to Death Valley, the Alabama Hills, I've only seen a Joshua Tree for a
few hours once, and I've never been to the Mojave Desert so it is time. I am so stoked to be doing this road trip. I'm doing it by myself, I'm doing it with
Visit California. And I'm going to be seeing some super amazing
stuff that I hope that you'll be encouraged to come visit when you come out to California. So without any further ado let's hit the road. So the Alabama Hills is Bureau of Land Management
land which basically means it's owned by the public and you can camp here, you can bring
your dogs here, and it's just really stunning. Amazing rock formations everywhere like this
one behind me is the Mobius Arch and it's the most famous but I'm the only person here
so that's pretty cool. Mt. Whitney is behind me, which is the tallest
mountain in California, maybe other places too. To be here in January is perfect because it's
not hot like it normally would be and the eastern sierras have snow all over them so
it's just picture perfect. And this archway is a perfect frame. I finally made it to my destination today
and it's the Artists Palette and you can see why it's named that. The colors behind me are amazing. And I'm standing on pink sand right now with
this, like, minty green rock behind me and in pretty much every direction. It's really cool. I can't believe it looks like this here. Good morning. You probably can't see me. There we go. I'm playing the "Will there be a sunrise?"
game. It's a bit cloudy but I can see the sun coming
up over there. So I'm at Zabriskie Point and I'm gonna psyche
myself out to get out of the car, walk, like, I don't know, two minutes to the overlook
and just see if we're gonna get lucky this morning. So decided to do the Golden Canyon. And behind me you can see the point where
I was for sunrise and now I'm, like, in it. So there's a loop that goes from there all
the way around this, like, beautiful badlands-looking landscape called Golden Canyon, and I highly
recommend this, it's absolutely beautiful and it's flat so you might as well. I'm seriously, like, floored. I've never heard of this trail before and
it's just one of the most impressive I've ever been on in the world. It's insane. In every direction it's amazing. Well, that hike was totally freaking awesome
and now I am at the Badwater Basin which is some salt flats and it's a huge expanse but
there's a boardwalk here that you can take. And then after that ends, you can keep going
if you want. This is something that I didn't even know
was out here until I started doing my research. I'm really just so impressed so far and I
can't wait to get out there. So time's a-wastin', let's go. Sunset was awesome. This landscape is awesome. And it's salty, my goodness. So someone the other day was asking me what
my job is like, and my job is like me sitting here for probably another hour and a half
waiting for the stars to come out. And I think that's gonna be spectacular. J. Biebs. Yo, yesterday was amazing. I had the best time just exploring Death Valley
and seeing a park that I really had no idea looks like that. [inaudible 00:05:16] beautiful hiking I'd
ever seen. My description words are great. So I'm in Baker now. It's famous for having the tallest thermometer
in the world. I don't know what it is about wanting this
tall, phallic-looking objects but that is their claim to fame. This is usually where you would fill-up with
gas, which I did, if you're gonna head into Vegas or the Mojave Desert. So I'm camping out tonight and I'm really
excited to sleep under the stars finally. Here we go. So I've arrived at my first stop in Mojave
which is the Lava Tubes. So they used to have flowing hot magma going
through them, and now hopefully some light beams. Found me a dune. She's a beauty. First thing to know about climbing dunes,
it's actually, like, really hard because you take on sand in your boots and, like, for
each step forward you kind of fall one back or slide one back. So the second thing to know about climbing
dunes, it's better barefoot. The third thing to know about climbing dunes
is there's almost always snakes and scorpions around, so pick your poison. I almost forgot the most important rule of
all. If there are footsteps you always step in
them. It makes it so much easier if someone else
has already packed down the sand for you. Good morning. So I am here with Jessica of Mojave Desert
Land Trust. Jessica: Hi. Kristin: And we're doing a little hike to
Amboy Crater. Well, I wanna hear a little bit about this
volcano. Jessica: So, this is Amboy Crater which is
80,000 years old. It's situated right next to Route 66 and it's
basically in the center of a 25-mile lava field. And it's all in the middle of the Mojave Trails
National Monument. Kristin: And apparently there's going to be
a super bloom this year. Jessica: Exactly. Yeah, end of February, March. Kristin: Good to know. Okay. So I wanted to ask a little bit about preserving
the natural spaces in the deserts, especially in light of the government shutdown right
now. And I think that most people when I see them
going off trail or doing other things they shouldn't be doing, they maybe don't realize
the impact or I don't think that they're doing it on purpose. I think I've done it many times in the past,
too. So I just want to better understand from you
how we impact the desert and the ways that we can minimize that so that we can still
enjoy it. Jessica: So, yeah. I think what people don't realize is that
the desert is actually extremely fragile. So there's tire tracks you'll see in the desert
on the soil, those can take hundreds of years to grow back to a normal kind of vegetation. Kristin: Hundreds of years. Jessica: Hundreds of years. Something to be mindful of and to stay on
trails that have been designated especially for us humans to be out and being out here
in the desert safely. And there's really good guidelines on the
Leave No Trace websites, really good advice about how to go out and interact with the
desert in a really safe way. Kristin: Awesome. Thank you so much. Jessica: No problem. Kristin: And my final park on this trip is
Joshua Tree National Park. Well, that is my last night of an amazing,
amazing desert road trip around southern California. And I just can't believe how varied and beautiful
the deserts are but how they all have their own unique thing. So I hope that you enjoyed this video. Special thank you to Visit California for
helping to make this possible. And make sure that you subscribe if you love
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up. See you next week.

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A Road Trip through the California Deserts

Stops include the Alabama Hills, Death Valley, Mojave Desert, and Joshua Tree.

We start off leaving LA bound for the Alabama Hills, which is a famous location for shooting movies and old Western flicks in California. I haven’t watched a movie outside of a plane flight for 5 years so I was more interested in the arches!

From there I made my way to Death Valley and caught the sunset at the Artist’s Palette, followed by the sunrise at Zabriskie Point and a hike through the Golden Canyon, followed by stargazing at the salt flats in the Badwater Basin.

Next I made my way to the Mojave National Preserve to check out the lava caves and climb up the Kelso dunes. This is the largest protected area in the US with more Joshua trees than Joshua Tree itself! Next I hiked the Amboy Crater with Jessica Dacey with the Mojave Desert Land Trust to who shared some helpful info about taking care of the fragile desert as hikers and campers.

Finally, I finished at Joshua tree with an epic sunset.

If you want to visit all the deserts, I highly recommend checking out the Anza Borrego desert as well!

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*Sponsored by Visit California. All thoughts and opinions of the places and the trip are my own, as always.

19 Replies to “ROAD TRIP: California's Beautiful Deserts”

  1. Great video! I love all your work and travels. Been following u for a while now. And I even bought and read your book. Hoping to meet u someday soon..haven’t been able to get into one of your trips yet but I would love too esp since I am also into photography and travel. Thanks so much! Ps. How do u get the shots of yourself walking away far from the camera? Tripod? I’m gathering u were alone. Was it scary driving thru the dessert along or camping alone? I would not be happy to meet up with a scorpion! ( I just saw one in Mexico a few weeks ago I stayed in the jungle in Yelapa on a yoga retreat. You would have loved it there!

  2. I watched almost all of your videos especially the PI travels, I must say, I'm impressed and motivated. Traveling alone’s upside is not worrying about anything but yourself, being asked about why still single? It's by choice. I can feel you coz I'm in that situation lol. Much love here from your peers in SoCal! Stay sweet and gorgeous! 🤟🏼

  3. Enjoyed this video of the Deserts of Southern California. I learned a lot along with what you mention in your post. Not only is this informative but it was really well done with humor sprinkled in there that made me laugh and smile. The crater is amazing. BTW did you know that Badwater Basin is the lowest point in the United States (I noticed this when you showed the sign, also one of the top 10 lowest on Earth) and then you can go a mere 85 miles and be at the highest mountain in the contiguous 48? The contrast says a lot about how amazing the California desert is! Also, that phallic thermometer (giggle 🙂 ) I think commemorates the record high temperatures they get there, with the highest on Earth in 1913. Need factoids that you can Google aside, thanks for continuing to do these videos. You are very engaging, and communicate your travel experiences so well in them, in ways that can't be imitated in other media plus the landscapes you captured here were breathtaking! It is amazing what beauty you can find in your own backyard. You were blessed to have lived in this area.

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