by Gabrielle Antonette and Carrie Nusbaum
Because there are nearly endless possibilities, deciding how to celebrate your birthday in LA can be sort of a challenge. This year our dear friend Jesus brilliantly thought to organize a birthday camping weekend in Sequoia National Park. We were lucky enough to be invited.
The campsite was in the southern part of what we now realize is a very large park. It's only a three hour drive from the city, which makes for a nice clean getaway. The terrain in this area might not be what you'd expect—it's dry and mountainous, you have to drive north for another couple hours to see the giant Sequoias. We spent the vast majority of our time sitting in or floating down the conveniently located, and gloriously refreshing Kern river. It really doesn't get any better. If you don't bring enough PB&J, there's a cute little town, Kernville, minutes away. Kernville offers a market and restaurants, vintage and antique shopping, a brewery, lodging, etc.
- Do not wear floral prints, as the bees love that. We found out the hard way.
- Bring hand sanitizer if you care about cleanliness at all.
- Go when it's hot, but not too hot.
- Don't drink too much! Keep it classy and be one with nature.