Are you in search of a wildflower Super Bloom near you? Make sure to #LeaveItBetter, and consider these five tips to make sure your trip to the Super Bloom is as stress-free as it should be:
We want you to get outside, and stay outside! During the last two Super Blooms, over a million visitors passed through parks where a Super Bloom was seen, including but not limited to Death Valley National Park, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Carrizo Plain National Monument, and even as close to Los Angeles at Point Dume in Malibu, CA.
Stay the night to grab the best photos at sunset or sunrise. Make sure to book your campsite in advance so you can get some super sleep, too.
It might seem all too irresistible to venture off the beaten path and make your own bee-line toward any one of these flowerbeds. But you could be doing more harm than good.
The flowers, themselves—which mostly consists of Brown-Eyed Primrose, Little Gold Poppies, and Desert Sunflowers—are at their most impressive between early-March and late-June, depending on the altitude and climate.
“From now on, the peak flowering will move progressively up in elevation and westward, giving us flowers somewhere (at those higher elevations) maybe through April or even later,” Cameron adds. “Or it might get unseasonably warm, and it will all happen much faster.”
But regardless, after just a week or two once they’ve bloomed, then poof: They’re gone. Suffice to say you’ll want to stay current on floral happenings.
Also, consider visiting on a weekday, trying to catch the flowers in the early morning. Many public campsites are already booked, but we’ve got your back. There are still options on Hipcamp such as Rideout Hideout Carrizo Plain and Cuyama Badlands near the Carrizo Plain National Monument and if you can swing it, mid-week is a sure-fire way to avoid the crowds and give yourself the time and space to, literally and metaphorically speaking, smell the flowers.
With the huge influx of outdoor enthusiasts expected at parks boasting Super Blooms, GPS and cellular connections are going to be bad…to say the least.
Park rangers of past have suggested getting analog during such times, embracing old-fashioned paper maps, compasses, and walkie talkies to get around and stay in touch. Visitors, too, can expect heavier than usual traffic going toward these parks. Lodging, eateries, and parking areas are also going to be pressed to the mark, to boot.
How to get around this? Give yourself time to plan ahead, make arrangements, and maybe even use your Super Bloom odyssey as an excuse to digitally disconnect for a hot minute.
Flowers aren’t just pretty: They’re good for you, too. “Science shows that not only do flowers make us happier, but they also have strong positive effects on our emotional well-being,” says Jeannette Haviland-Jones, a professor of psychology at Rutgers University who has studied the impact of blooms on people for well over a decade, to the New York Post.
Also, just getting outside our fluorescent-lit dwellings and hitting the trails can do wonders for your health. Your brisk walk through this year’s flowerings can help increase your white blood cell counts, decrease cortisol levels, aid in balancing the brain’s bevy of enzymatic function, and more. What’s not to like about that?
In our Super Guide to the 2019 Wildflower Superbloom, we recommended checking out Instagram as a resource for the most up-to-date report on where to find flowers from the community. If you found this tip useful, give back by sharing a few photos or video from your experience. If you stayed at a Hipcamp, make sure to tag @hipcamp on social, we just might give you a shout-out!
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