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"Everything was set up perfectly. I picked the new moon & the right time of year to be clamoring around Death Valley's Eureka Dunes at 2am taking star photos.
All I needed to do was click my handy external timer/intervelometer & stroll 40 ft up the steep sand dune so that I could create this amazing selfie. The only problem was - I forgot my timer at the bottom of the dune. Of course I did.
The only way for me to be in this shot alongside my tent was to set my camera on it's 10 second timer & race up the dune that was so steep that I needed feet and hands to gain ground. After a 9.5 second scramble, the it's-a-long-exposure-so-I-have-to-freeze-for-15-seconds thing had to happen.
After 6 or 7 sweaty attempts, I finally nailed it."
Tent - Marmot Limelight 3
Camera - Canon 5DMIII
Be prepared for thick forests and moss covered trees when camping on the Karelian Isthmus.
Frosty morning sunrises complement the nearby hot springs at this campspot off Hwy 395.
The Kern River flows through the Sierra Nevada mountains and affords a wealth of camping opportunities ranging from developed campgrounds to backcountry dispersed camp spots.