Prepare for the COLD.
CA-UT Part 1
This trip was going to be very cold.
Wisanu warned everyone. At first, we were planning to camp in national parks as we usually did. However, the weather in some locations could get low to 12 degree at night and the high would be 30 degree.
I was hesitated.
All my camping gear was comfortable with 30 to 50 degree. Sleeping in cold weather was something very painful. I had one cold night during a trip to Aspen. I attach the link to . We camped a night in Aspen and the temperature was low as 30 degree. I WAS FREEZING inside my tent, Marmot Catalyst 2P. My sleeping bag is REI Co-op Trail Pod 29 degree and my sleeping pad is REI Co-op AirRail 1.5.
A long story short is my camping won't be able to handle the weather of this trip.
"Let's not camp this trip but stay in hotels."
YASSSS. Wisanu, the trip leader, decided and I couldn't be happier. "Make sure you prepare enough clothes for the weather. It's going to be very cold." He said. Okay, I'll prepare.
Wisanu, Sasi, and I flew from DFW to LAX and reunited with Kittithuch and Kunyawi. Our first day plan was to get some good Thai foods and get some night pictures of Griffith Observatory. We planned to head out to Death Valley National Park at 11 PM.
It was a bit of walking to the spot for this picture of Griffith Observatory. Many Chinese photographers were already on spot taking photos of this beautiful scenery. We didn't spend much time at this spot because we had a long drive await for us.
We were planning to get out from LA at 10:30 PM, earlier than our plan.
Death Valley National Park
We arrived at Death Valley National Park at 3:30 AM.
I looked up at the sky and see thousands of stars. Man, it was cold and very sleeping. I wasn't sure if I want to get out from the van to get pictures. I think everyone has this moment, CONTINUE SLEEPING OR DO SOMETHING.
I GOT OUT THE VAN TO GET THIS PICTURE. WORTH IT!
It was cold but not crazy cold. I ran out of the van and set time-lapse and ran back inside the van. OMG, I wanted to sleep but I couldn't. I afraid someone would stole my camera lol. I was awake for almost an hour until the time we had to leave for sunrise pictures, 5:15 AM.
"Let's go." Wisanu said as we are adding layers to our body. I have 5 layers on top and two layers on the bottom. I'm ready!
The temperature rose very fast from dawn to morning. We took off a layer of our clothes. I found that taking pictures at sand dunes is not very easy. I used rule of third and leading line composition in most of the pictures I took. Abstract would be best for this place.
"Let's get out. We have a long drive wating for us."
Wisanu told the team.