Recreation: Carrizo Plains National Monument

This is a short documentary I made on the Carrizo Plains National Park located in Central California. I camped out in my truck for four nights, reheating canned soup and eating hummus and avocados with rice crackers and a bag of tangerines for sustenance. It was a quiet and relaxing adventure, mostly spent sitting and watching. Looking for birds and animals, especially endangered ones, isn’t as easy as you’d think. But surprisingly, it isn’t impossible either. You just have to keep your eyes peeled.


IMG_8659 7 Mile Road

By far the most exciting part of the trip was chasing the endangered kangaroo rat around my campsite in the middle of the night with a flashlight. Almost feels like a Disney nature documentary. Almost. But it really was a blast to make this piece. Trying to track down endangered birds, antelope, and squirrels proved to be quite a relaxing adventure. There was no cell service in the Carrizo Valley, and you truly felt like you were in the middle of nowhere. The wildflowers should be quite spectacular this year, seeing as how we have had a very wet winter. We shall see.

Urban Warrior encourages you to find State and National Parks in your surrounding area, and explore the natural beauty that your State has to offer. Support your Sate and National Parks.

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