Solo Backpacking: Reasons to & Tips how

Sometimes you just need to disconnect and enjoy your own company. Of course, most backpacking tips begin with the instruction of never going alone, but once you’ve successfully completed your first solo trip, the feeling of accomplishment is inevitable! I try to plan a solo backpacking trip once a year and if i’m being completely honest- […]

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Backpacking Santa Cruz Island

Trip Date: April 23-27, 2018 Santa Cruz Island is the largest of seven that make up the Channel Islands. Located 20 miles off the coast of Santa Barbara county, this national park is a backpacker’s dream! We spent four days on the island hiking, camping and one big backpacking trip towards the end of our […]

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Wander Washington: 10- day Road Trip

Trip Date: June 22- July 1, 2019 Summertime in the mountains mean longer days, alpine lakes, mosquitoes bites and no road trip is complete without a little misadventure. Road trips are my absolute favorite thing to do in the summer, however, with limited vacation time this year- I hopped on a plane for the first […]

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Backpacking Big Pine Lakes

Trip Date: 6/1/2019 Trail Overview Trail: Big Pine Creek North Fork to Second Lake Distance: ~10 miles round-trip Elevation Gain/Loss: 2,700 ft. Location: Inyo National Forest, CA Permits: Wilderness permit required for overnight stay. Big Pine Creek North Fork Trail is located in Inyo National Forest on the Eastern side of the Sierra Nevada and is a pretty […]

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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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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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