This year for Thanksgiving, I traded the traditional family style gathering for an outdoorsy holiday instead. Tim and I hiked (briefly) in the Mojave Desert, camped in Death Valley, and stayed in a cabin in the Sierra National Forest at Shaver Lake, CA.  Minus the tarantula I almost stepped on in the Mojave Desert, the trip was exactly what I needed to unwind before the Christmas holiday.

Lava Tubes, Mojave Desert CA / photo by Tim Johnson


Death Valley National Park, CA

Death Valley is known as the International Dark Sky Park because of this. Photo by Tim Johnson

Kaya stealing the show.

View of Shaver Lake from 8,000 ft.

Everyone had a restful holiday, even Kaya.