One of my favorite places on the planet is glacier national park on the montana/canada border. on the east side of the park is st mary lake. this lake is deep, cold and crystal clear and it has some nice trails, one of which takes you to st mary falls. this is an easy 1.7 mile hike up and back with not a lot of elevation gain/loss. on a hot summer day, the breeze off the falls is unbeatable. get there early,as the parking areas are packed quickly. if you keep going another half mile up the trail, you will come to virginia falls, which is an impressive set of falls. there is a smaller fall in between st mary falls and virginia falls, so don't stop there. keep going to get to virginia falls just around the bend.
In 69 years will you tell your kids you really enjoyed that 9-5 desk job or will you tell them that your favorite surf spot was next to this perfectly shaped nuclear power plant on the san diego coast?
After the californian deserts we made it to my favorite place to be, the mountains! we started in sierra national forest, which was astonishing. if you want to see large redwoods, i would go here over redwood state park, (
which was the most dissappointing stop of our trip. going from -282 feet to over 12000 feet was quite the change! we were in a cloud the whole way up the mountains, which was an experience, but cold, my first experience that my gloves were not ready for the conditions i would put them through. going next to these massive trees was breathtaking, pictures can't do it justice how tall and large they stood, we were merely ants next to them.