Backpacking Duck Pass Trail to Pika Lake

Trip Date: September 1-2,2018 Trail Overview Trail: Duck Pass Trail to Pika Lake Distance: 9.5 miles round-trip Elevation Gain/Loss: 2,132 ft. Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA Permits: Wilderness permit required for overnight stay. Duck Lake Trail in the John Muir Wilderness is a popular trail that consists of alpine lakes, mountain views, wildflowers and a decent climb for a […]

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A Happi-NessA Project

A Happi-Nessa ProjectSelf-love, Reflection, Care + Discovery The month started off a little rough. I knew I wasn’t happy. I knew I wanted to make a change. And I knew what needed to be done. So I did it. Since starting this project I’ve accomplished: re-joining and actually going to the gym, mindful eating, daily […]

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Southwest Roadie

Trip Date: November 23-28, 2018 When a friend asks you to go explore some of America’s Southwest deserts you don’t question the reasons as to why you simply join in on the excitement and make it happen. The most exciting thing for me was that she already had a tentative plan and a majority of […]

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Project Happiness

Inspired by “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin. “I use to think that being focused on my happiness was sort of selfish and now I couldn’t imagine going a day without putting it first and best of all- guilt free.”- Me. December is a good month for reflection. A time to reflect on the past […]

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Welcome to my Lifestyle + Travel Blog

My name is Vanessa Renee Temblador and I’m the storyteller behind Forever She Wanders, a women’s lifestyle + travel blog reflecting some of my greatest adventures. I truly believe that when inspiration is shared, motivation is found and gained. As an avid hiker for several years, I’ve found passion in the freedom that comes with […]

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Backpacking the Valley of Little Lakes

TRAIL OVERVIEW Trail: Little Lakes Valley Trail to Gem Lakes Distance: 7.2 miles round trip Elevation Gain/Loss: 994 ft. Location: Inyo National Forest/ John Muir Wilderness Trail head: Mosquito Flats Permits: Required for backpacking. THE STORY Trail so nice, I’ve hiked it, well.. several times this summer; twice backpacking and twice day hiking! Easy enough for beginner hikers with views that […]

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5 Life Lessons Learned on the Road

Road trips do more than just get you to your destination. A road trip is a journey, and as with any journey, there are lessons to learn and mistakes to be made. Road trips have somewhat become the norm for us. From a quick weekend getaway to Mammoth to Our Epic 24 Day Road Trip, […]

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The Day I Met an Instagram Stranger

You probably wouldn’t know that I wanted this day to happen for quite some time. As someone who is committed to the hiking community through a series of personal posts, inspirational quotes and nothing but hiking and camping photos; I sat back and kept myself from joining the large crowds and hiking groups. For years, […]

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Our Epic Road Trip: Week 3- Washington

It was officially our third week on the road as we entered the state of Washington. Friends and family who have been to Washington told us that we’d fall in love, and they were right.  Our first stop, North Cascades National Park. This was our 9th National Park in three weeks. The moment we left Montana […]

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Our Epic Road Trip: Week 2- Wyoming & Montana

After spending five days exploring the Mighty 5 National Parks in Utah, it was time to head on to our next destination. I was extremely excited to visit the Grand Tetons as this had been a long time bucket list destination. We considered Day 6 to be a driving only day as we made our way out of Utah […]

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Our Epic Road Trip: Week 1- Utah and the Mighty 5

What started as an idea, grown to a dream and made into reality; I will never forget the look on his face when I told him about plans for our month long vacation.  We had joked about it before but this time it was different. This time it felt like a possibility and not just some […]

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Backpacking Eagle Lake

 Trail Overview  Trail: Eagle Lake from Mineral King Valley Distance: 7.2 miles round trip Elevation Gain/Loss: 2,175 ft. Location: Sequoia National Park Trail head: Eagle-Mosquito Lakes Permits: Required for backpacking only.  The Story There’s no better way to cool down in the middle of summer than hiking to and swimming in an alpine lake. This was my first alpine lake swim […]

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Thru-Hiking the Trans-Catalina Trail

Trail Overview Trail: Trans- Catalina Trail (2016) Distance: 58.4 miles Elevation Gain/Loss: 9,500′ Location: Catalina Island Trail head: Avalon Permits: Required. Can obtained here. Campsite Reservations: Required. Reserve here. The Story This is a shorter version of our journey on the Trans-Catalina trail. A  detailed version can be found here.  The month is April of 2016 and we are excited to finally complete the Trans-Catalina Trail, roughly […]

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How to Plan an Epic Road Trip

Road trips should be fun and spontaneous yet, carefully researched and somewhat planned. Last year Brandon and I had the opportunity to road trip for an entire month. We spent nearly nine months planning, researching and preparing for our trip in which we drove through 9 states in 25 days. How do you prepare for […]

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Guide to Backpacking

** I would like to share with you my guide to backpacking and some tips on how you could prepare for your first trip. I am not an expert and this should be used only as a guide which is based on my opinions and experiences. **  Day hiking is fun but have you ever hiked a trail and just wanted to stay […]

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