Corrizo Plain Super Bloom Adventure
by Bessie Young
The first time I went to the Corrizo Plain National Monument was this past weekend during the Super bloom. I was able to take advantage of a little bit of down time and go on an adventure.
The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. Oprah Winfrey
California is having a Super Bloom this year throughout the desert and it is slowly starting to move North. The bloom started in Southern California around Anza Borrego State park, Joshua Tree, and Mojave. It is slowly heading North and hit the Corrizo Plain last week. I was unable to go South during the Super bloom, but I was lucky enough to see the Corrizo Plain Super bloom.
This place was absolutely amazing. In order to get there I headed down Hwy 41, jetted over to Hwy 33 traveling South into McKittrick, and then West on Hwy 58. Hwy 58 twisted through the foothills and dropped you right off into the Corrizo Plain Super bloom. It was amazing driving through the hills. The colors slowly started to appear in shades of yellow, orange, and purple.
Rightfully so, there were alot of people here that day. I am sure the place has been full of people since the flowers started blooming. The majority of the flowers were a beautiful yellow, called Miners Gold. I wanted to be able to head up into the Temblor mountains; however, the trail head was quite busy. So instead of making that my first stop, I made it my last which was by far the best decision as I got some amazing sunset pictures up there.
The majority of the roads out at the Corrizo Plain’s are dirt roads. They are bumpy and not good for small vehicles if there has just been a good rain. Luckily it hadn’t rained recently so I was able to get my gas saver through :) .
My first stop was Soda Lake. This is a main stop to see in the Corrizo Plain National Monument. It was beautiful with its bright blue water, white dirt, and the yellow flowers surrounding it.
After driving around the National Monument the sun began to set so I headed back to the Temblor Mountains to get some final images. There were quite a few people still out and about. It was windy, warm, and beautiful. I walked to the top, waited for the sun to set, and just enjoyed the view.
Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure. Irving Wallace
As I sat there that evening, waiting for the sun to go down, all I could think of is yes, this is what I was meant to do with my life. I was meant to share Gods beauty with the world through my lens. I was meant to be outside, finding unique places, share this information with the world, and show people what is out there. Yes, some of these things are far away, but alot of them are right in our backyard yet we don’t know about them. As I sat there… I knew that this is my goal in life, this is my calling, this is what I was born to do.
When the sky started to change colors I had to stop letting my mind wonder into the realm of life ideas and the future, set up my camera, and get ready for the beautiful show that the sky was going to put on. I was able to get one of my favorite shots of the year thus far.
All and all the day was a hug success and one to mark off my adventure list. I was thrilled and lucky to be able to witness this massive California Super Bloom that everyone has been raving about. If you end up adventuring this way, make sure that you have plenty of food, water, and gas. There are no services anywhere near this area.
We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open. Jawaharlal Nehru
I hope you all enjoyed this adventure. If you were able to make it to the Corrizo Plain Super Bloom leave a comment below. I would love to hear about your adventure. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to my blog (p.s. you get free cell phone wallpapers each month if you sign up!). Sign up here.
Wishing you all nothing but amazing adventures,
P.S. wanna know what gear I used? Check it out here:
Camera: Sony A7Rii: http://amzn.to/1taGpAu
Favorite Lens: Sony FE 24-70 F2.8 G Master: http://amzn.to/2n747NJ
Best Wide Angle: Sony 16-35mm lens: http://amzn.to/1UBjBDW
Vanguard Tripod: http://amzn.to/2aoI5ku
LG G3 Smart Phone
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