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"I told myself I'd get to photograph the sunrise. I slept like a dog and peeked out the tent at dawn to be greeted with a sleepy, gray, overcast sky. I cancelled my original alarm I had set to go off in 20 minutes and fell back asleep only to be woken by the wind a few minutes later.
On my side, and groggy eyed, I happened to spot a millisecond of a color explosion as the rainfly settled from the gust. I yelled "Trickster!!", shot out of my sleeping bag, and squeezed out two photos due to numb fingers.
I finally stopped fighting the wind and with hands in pockets, stood east to see what I was missing. I was right where I needed to be. Sometimes, we just need to stop fighting."
All signs point to New Zealand for some of the absolute best camping that side of the Pacific.
The reward for ultra-light packing means on-demand immaculate skies, like seen here at Todos Santos in Baja California.
When your campspot is on the forested waterfront of a beautiful lagoon, it’s a given that the duration of your stay will be epic from start to finish.