spaces: Death Valley

 

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As we build cities and metropolitans, we must not forget the very essence of our world: mother nature.

2018 symbolizes a year to rediscover our connection to the great outdoors. In this new series of spaces, we're headed out to explore the great outdoors and all of it's beauty. Just like the hillsides that inspired our logo and the material construction of our bags, nature plays a huge role in our day-to-day. While our gear is designed for commuters in cities, we're always finding new inspirations in the very spaces that exists beyond our city limits. Join us as we take some rad trips out to national parks, state parks, and unpaved land. We hope that this series inspires you to tap into your adventurous spirit and immerse yourself in nature.

 

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It was a 8+ hour drive from San Francisco to Death Valley National Park. Why did we drive, you ask? Simple. Roadtrips are awesome with good company and it's a great way to save some $$$. As we drove into the park, we were drawn in by the meandering asphalt roads and the jagged edges of the rock faces surrounding.

 

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We arrived at Badwaters, the lowest point in North America measuring at around 279ft (85m) below sea level. Seeing the gradient of the land, it was hard not to imagine yourself subdued by a huge body of water that existed millions of years ago. The hexagonal patterns of the salt flats were pretty sick too. It was a perfect day to be in the dessert since it wasn't too hot nor too cold.

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After checking out the Badwaters, we embarked on our 8 mile hike across the Golden Canyon which took about 4.5 hours. As you can see, years of weathering and erosion have created these spectacular meandering wrinkles within the ground across the canyon. It makes one think about what the land used to look like way back in the day. In the second half of our hike, we started noticing the ground that was littered with a variety of rock types. Rocks offer a glimpse into our past as it shows the amount of change that took place to move them around.

 

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The mixing of rock layers are truly breath-taking. From diagonal, horizontal, and vertical formation shifts, these layers have gone through millions of years of development to end up where they are now. This cycle only continues as time passes. With no shade from the sun, we came to the end of our hike when we arrived at the plateau below. Throughout the hike, we took some water breaks and some time to play with the rocks. Nothing beats experiencing nature in the palms of your hands by getting your hands dirty (literally).

 

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As the day came to an end, we traveled back to our campsite and (un)settled in. The best part of the trip? The endless shooting stars taking their journey in space and the constant wonderment of the universe. 

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