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Girl's Night Outside in The Intrepid Wild - Wolf. Feather. Honey. Farm.

Wow. It really shouldn't have taken me this long to write about our stay at Wolf. Feather. Honey. Farm. Somehow, every time I sat down to begin a draft I just couldn't find the right words. It's hard to craft a sentence worthy enough to describe the magic and energy of that place. But now, it's been nearly 3 months since our stay, and my guilt for not sharing our special experience has finally overcome me. 

Mid June of 2016 I was lucky enough to snag a Field Scout trip through HipCamp for WFHF. HipCamp only had two photos up on the listing at that point, and neither did the place any real justice, but I was eager to go on a new adventure and take pictures!

Almost every year, my girlfriends and I take a camping trip. Usually, we head up North to Sequoia National Park, but this year we didn't manage to make it. We'd been itching for a girl's only adventure, but this last year we've all been swamped with work, social events and making our way through the wedding circuit. Heading 5 hours North has just been too much of a commitment. WFHF, on the other hand, is located just 2 hours south of us in Temecula and seemed to be the perfect opportunity to unplug for 24 hours. So I grabbed my two friends, Jillian and Shannon, we packed up my car and headed off in a direction we'd never been. 

The property is located just past all of the wineries of Temecula, up a country road that winds past horse farms and pistachio groves. When we pulled up to our camp sight, we were in absolute awe. Now, if you know me, you know I am an excellent Internet sleuth. I managed to hunt down WFHF's Instagram, so I had some idea before we got there what we were in for, but I assure you, photos do not do this place justice. Chari, the matriarch of WFHF, and I had been in touch before our arrival. She gave us some lovely tips for before and after our stay. Not only that, she had the sweetest note waiting for us when we arrived and she and her husband Craig stocked the vintage cooler on site full of Moscow Mule ingredients! They truly are a couple after three late-twenty-something's hearts, I'll tell ya what!

Chari and Craig really take glamping to a whole new level. We were so pleasantly surprised to find that not only did they provide all the fixings for Moscow Mules, but the site is fully stocked with lighter fluid, coals, a grill, a trash bin, a hand washing station and more! As the girls and I explored the grounds, we caught ourselves (embarrassingly) repeating the phrase "so cute!" whenever we encountered something new. But it was true - everything was SO CUTE.

The icing on the cake of the entire experience is hands down the Pioneer's Penthouse tent. The tent sleeps 3 comfortably and is equipped with sleeping pads, tons of comfy blankets and pillows and a plush day bed - it is seriously a glamper's dream!   

After "oohing" and "aahing" for about an hour, the sun began to set, and we noticed the hum of an engine growing nearer and nearer to the campsite. As the sound grew louder, we realized it was Chari and Craig coming to greet us on their adorable vintage buggy! We piled into the back, Mules in hand, and our hosts escorted us to the top of one of the hills on their property that offers the most amazing views of Temecula. It was such a treat to be able to watch the sunset, surrounded by friends new and old and this positive energy that was truly palpable.  

As the sun dipped behind the horizon, we hopped back into the buggy and had an exciting ride back down the hill to our campsite. Chari and Craig helped us get settled in for dinner under a chandelier that hung from a tree branch. We grilled up chicken kabobs and veggies - my camp dinner go-to these days - and sipped (a bottle or two) of rosé under a massive blanket of stars. I'm pretty sure we stayed up until about 4am, laying on our backs, simply staring up at the stars. It was hard to pull ourselves away, but when we finally retreated back to the tent, we all crashed immediately, and I have to say, while it was not a long sleep, it was a good sleep. 

Unfortunately, our trip took place during one of the hottest weekends in June to date. We awoke around 7am to temperatures in the mid 80º's, which wasn't doing our rosé hangovers any favors! We sipped some instant coffee and nibbled on granola bars - attempting to linger as long as possible, but eventually the heat got to us. We sadly gathered our gear, packed up the car, and said goodbye to Wolf. Feather. Honey. Farm. 

Since our time in the Intrepid Wild I have raved on and on about this trip. I've even considered it as one of my wedding venues... that is how special this property is! My only regret is that we couldn't stay longer! 

If you're looking for an amazing place to unplug, with beautiful views, excellent hosts and magical vibes, you should book your stay through HipCamp right now! 

Camping Sequoia National Park
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Every September, for the last few years, my girlfriends and I have trekked up to the Sierra Nevadas for a special camping trip in Sequoia National Park. Local hiking in Los Angeles is great and all, but I can't even begin to explain how refreshing it is to spend just one night under the stars in the Sierras. 

Camping in the Sequoias is perfect for just about any level of camper. You're secluded enough that you feel like you're in the wilderness, yet if you absolutely need to stock up on more firewood or you need to use a "real" toilet, you have the option.

Sequoia National Park is home to the giant sequoia trees, which includes one of the largest trees on Earth, General Sherman. General Sherman grows within the Giant Forest, which includes five of the ten largest trees in the world! It really is a site to be seen! There are a number of heavily used trails within the Giant Forest that will weave you in and out of these beautiful trees - even some that you can walk and drive through! 

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Of all the campsites throughout the park we've always stuck to Lodgepole. I like these campgrounds as the occupants are pretty mild mannered - it's a good mix of young families, happy groups of friends and experienced campers. This campsite is in close proximity to a few of my favorite trails as well and there is also a shuttle that occasionally picks up around the visitor center that will take you all throughout the park (just be aware of service dates - the shuttles were NOT in service the weekend we were up here so we had to rearrange our hiking schedule a bit). 

Two of the trails accessible through Lodgepole:

Tokopah Falls Trail
Distance: 3.4 miles
Time: 2 to 3 hours, round-trip
Trailhead: Log Bridge in Lodgepole Campground
Elevation Gain: 500 feet

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Tokopah Falls Trail is an easy trek along the Marble Fork of the Kaweah River.  The falls are 1,200 feet high and are most impressive in the spring and early summer months - unfortunately, the last few times we've been up here, they've been pretty dry - still beautiful to look at nonetheless!

Twin Lakes Trail
Distance: 7 miles (14 miles out and back)
Time: 6 -7 hours, round-trip
Trailhead: Log Bridge in Lodgepole Campground
Elevation Gain: 2800 feet

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Twin Lakes Trail is a rigorous, and somewhat monotonous (and still beautiful) hike through the Sierra pine forest until it reaches it's namesake glacial lakes. The trail begins just past the Tokopah Falls trail head. The trail is clearly outlined with rocks and immediately winds it's way up into the dense forest. I've never had the time to make the climb all the way to the Lakes - it's definitely a goal of mine. 

Every year - about halfway through our drive from LA to the Sequoias we find ourselves at a grocery store in Bakersfield stocking up on food supplies. Every year I say that there is no way we need to purchase as much grub as we have in our carts, it's only one day of camping after all, and still every year I am SO very glad we did stock up, because after a long day of hiking there is nothing in the world like a campfire cooked meal! 

The fire pits at Lodgepole come with metal grates over the top of them, making it super easy to grill up your food. We always make the juiciest burgers with delicious sides of veggies steamed in foil packets. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. 

Anyway - one activity that never gets old in the Sequoias is the hike to the top of Moro Rock. You simply cannot come to Sequoia National Park and NOT visit Moro Rock. Moro Rock is a massive granite dome rock formation that is located just between the Giant Forest and Crescent Meadow. This "hike" is less of a hike and more of a "climb up a narrow stairwell" that meanders it's way to the very top of the formation. The thigh burn is worth it - as you ascend the rock the views just keep getting better and better... 

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Standing at 6,725 feet above sea level, you get some seriously beautiful views of the Great Western Divide.

From the base of Moro Rock you will find another woodsy trail that will lead you out to Crescent Meadow.

Sugar Pine Trail
Distance: 1.5 miles (3 miles out and back)
Time: 1.5 hours, round trip
Trailhead: Base of Moro Rock
Elevation Gain: 250 feet

This is a moderate trail with much less foot traffic than many of the other trails you will find throughout the main park. Sugar Pine Trail is a rocky (and buggy) single track that connects Moro Rock to Crescent Meadow. 

Crescent Meadow is described by John Muir as the "Gem of The Sierras" and I have to agree with him. We decided at the very last minute to hike this trail, and I am so glad we did - it offers an entirely different atmosphere than most of the other trails we have done in throughout the park. It takes you from dense forest, to granite vista points, over small falls all the way to flat bright open meadows. 

I cannot say enough good things about all of my experiences camping up in Sequoia National Park. If you have the opportunity to spend time here, I highly recommend it. Booking a campsite is so simple and straight forward on the National Park Service website - just be sure to book in advance, as dates throughout the spring and summer fill up very quickly! 

This post only shows the tip of the iceberg of what Sequoia National Park has to offer - if you have more insight or tips, please share them! I love it up there, and I hope you will too.