California wilderness adventures, city explorations, and engineering projects! - Hemet, United States

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  • Description

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    Hi, I'm Asa. I'm looking for intrepid adventurers to help plan, prepare, and come along on once-in-a-lifetime 4x4 Jeep and hiking adventures in the beautiful wilderness of the USA, as well as city explorations in Los Angeles, San Diego, and even Tijuana Mexico! My house is a fixer upper and having someone to help with basic chores and things like painting would be wonderful too!

    *️️️*️️️*️️️What are the adventure destinations?*️️️*️️️*️️️

    Destinations can be anywhere we both find mutually exciting, and are typically focused on wilderness locations like Sequoia and Inyo National Forests, Death Valley, and Joshua Tree. The city adventures include things like going to the beach (in the summer), museums, and the nightlife in San Diego (Gaslamp district) and LA. Visiting Tijuana Mexico for a few hours is interesting and and the tacos and churros are great! Cheap beer too.

    Longer trips to even further places like the bottom of the Baja Peninsula Mexico (La Paz, Cabo), Canada (British Columbia, Vancouver, Kootenay Forest), and states like Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and beyond are possibilities, depending on the time available and how exciting our trip idea is.

    I do make it a point to try and guide the plans to "the road less traveled", as this means a true wilderness experience with no tourists and more freedom!

    Note! I am NOT a fan of INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK, or anything else that causes people to stare into their phones and focus on taking fake pictures. If these sorts of things are important to you I don't think its a good fit!

    I am very conservative, Christian, and I love my country! If you are anti-USA I have to wonder why you would want to travel here and its not something I want to be around, sorry! If you don't think you'd like to hang out with a pro-Trump, Christian conservative, then we probably shouldn't!

    As far as food, the menu at home and on the trips isn't really compatible with vegetarian or vegan diets.

    If you are pro-Trump, pro-USA, pro-Beer, pro-Coffee, and anti- "social media" its basically GUARANTEED we will have a fantastic time! Get ready for a real adventure where every day is unpredictable and you will make incredible memories!

    Some ideas:

    SEQUOIA AND INYO NATIONAL FORESTS (SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS)
    The Sierra Nevadas are a giant mountain range with >3500m summits and are right next to Sequoia National Park which has the biggest trees on Earth. There are endless 4x4 trails into the forest and amazing camping locations with rivers to swim and fish in, bigfoot sightings, plenty of places to treasure hunt, and magnificent beauty and solitude to behold.

    DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
    Death Valley is named as such because of its remoteness and its being the hottest place in North America during the summer. During the winter, day temperatures are very mild and the nights are chilly. There are many very unusual geological formations in Death Valley, and we can explore these on foot or in the Jeep. One location has mysterious moving rocks on a giant flat dry lakebed, known as "racetrack playa". Another has huge sand dunes that you can likely have completely to yourself, called "Panamint Dunes"

    SIX RIVERS NATIONAL FOREST
    This forest is home to the very first bigfoot film in the 1960s. Bigfoot sightings are very frequent here. This forest is located in Northern California, and is very dense and green, unlike the drier and more sparse forests of Southern California. I have found some interesting locations to camp here, that should have a view, while being right in the middle of bigfoot territory.

    TIJUANA MEXICO DAY TRIP
    We can park in San Diego and take a 45 minute trolley to the border, then walk across into Tijuana, Mexico! Tacos, Churros, cheap beer, and a truly Mexican experience await.

    SAN DIEGO AND LOS ANGELES URBAN EXPLORATION
    Whether its the beach or the clubs and bars at night, (or both!) there are so many ways to experience the USA in the cities! I am from San Diego so I know all kinds of things to do there, but I am also interested in exploring the huge Los Angeles area.

    WHATEVER WE WANT
    We aren't limited to these trip ideas. I do like to find places where several factors combine to make it into a true adventure. This usually involves remote locations and some sort of treasure hunting or exploration. Tell me what you have been dreaming of doing!

    *️️️*️️️*️️️What is there to actually do in the wilderness?*️️️*️️️*️️️

    The scenery and solitude are truly magnificent in the wilderness of places like Sequoia national forest and Death Valley, and could be the goal itself of a road trip. But, its nice to have some fun activities! Such as:

    -Treasure hunting! Using maps from 150 years ago (see workaway photos), we can locate spots where houses and cabins, long since vanished, used to be, then use a metal detector to see what we can find, like coins, artifacts, jewelery, or who knows what!

    -Finding bigfoot! Using the BFRO bigfoot reporting database, we can investigate past reported incidents in the wilderness and even bring along apples or other things to see if we can coax bigfoot out of the forest or find some clues.

    -Many national forests and desert areas allow target shooting and we can bring along rifles and shotguns and practice our marksmanship.

    -Hiking! There is always something interesting to hike to in the wilderness. Hot springs, a great view, a mountain peak!

    -Fishing! Some locations like Sequoia have rivers with wild trout. Crack open a beer and spend the day lazily fishing alongside a river.

    -4x4 adventures! Try your hand at driving a Jeep off road!

    -The stars. Oh the stars. The milky way on a clear night in the wilderness is truly something to behold.

    -Campfires and marshmallows! Need I say more? I need not.

    *️️️What about comfort in the wilderness? Am I going to get absolutely filthy?*️️️

    For remote areas I bring along a hot water shower with an enclosed stall. This makes it possible to take short but effective hot water showers every day if desired. But there probably wont be toilets!

    I am happy to provide all camping equipment, including a clean and comfy sleeping bag. We can also bring pillows, and air mattress, and other things to sleep comfortably.

    For food, we can bring whatever we like, which usually is very nutritious and has lots of calories since nights can be cold and during the day we can be very active. Think comfort food, but home made!

    And of course, fresh coffee and great beer (I am a big fan of craft beer so if you are too we can pick out something interesting together)

    The Jeep is an SUV type so the road trips are quiet and comfortable.

    *️️️*️️️*️️️What about when we are at home?*️️️*️️️*️️️

    While you are staying here you will enjoy:

    -Your own comfy room in a quiet house
    -Free food at the house (I will pay for all groceries)
    -Depending on your length of stay, various mini adventures as described below.
    -The house has its own pool and hot tub
    -I'm a pretty good cook and great food is important to me so there will be fabulous food as well!

    TRIP COSTS: As far as trip costs, I ask that we split the cost of food, gas, and lodging/camping/park fees. But thats only on trips, at home I pay for all the food.

    Various mini adventures while at the house can include:

    -Half-day trip to Tijuana, Mexico for street tacos and churros
    -The usual urban destinations like San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, etc..
    -Wine tasting in Temecula wine country near my house
    -Cooking experiments especially the following: Shrimp Bisque, Traditional French
    -Garage sailing and going to thrift stores. I've done this with several workawayers and we always end up finding cool stuff at great prices.
    -Really, anything we want to do within a couple hours drive is possible.

    *️️️*️️️*️️️And what are the workaway tasks?*️️️*️️️*️️️

    Generally easy house chores, like raking leaves, cleaning the pool, painting, cleaning the floors, and so forth. I will show you how to do the tasks and you can count on plenty of snacks and a stereo to play music on to make things more fun.

    *️️️*️️️*️️️What about more pictures?*️️️*️️️*️️️
    I do have more pictures and videos from recent workaway trips to share, message me on workaway and I will be happy to send them to you.

    Airport Pickup/Dropoff: Its possible for me to pick you up and drop you back off at southern California airports, just pay for gas! To avoid huge Los Angeles traffic, I can only do this after 10pm, or on Sunday, and not on Fridays. Ask me for more info!

    Thank you for your interest!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Other
    Help in the house
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Huge road trip adventures experiencing all the wonders the USA has to offer, from the city to the desert, to the mountains!!

  • Help

    Help

    General help cleaning the house, light remodeling.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    My house is 3 bed 2 bath. The workawayer will get their own bedroom with twin mattress and comfy clean pillows and sheets. The house has a washer and dryer for laundry. There is a large pool in the backyard which is usable Apr to Oct (sometimes Nov!). You will have access to the entire house and its a very relaxing place to read, recuperate, relax, cook, and prepare for adventures!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    I would be happy to go on excursions with you in either of the two vehicles I have. One is a 4x4 Jeep fully outfitted for off roading to remote destinations like Death Valley or the Grand Canyon. The other is a newer Corvette which is great for visiting the urban centers like Los Angeles, San Diego, and the Pacific Ocean beaches, all of which are about 1.5 hours away from my house.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    One

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4 hours a day, 4 days a week

Death Valley
Top: Bartolas Country in remote part of Sequoia National Forest Aug '18 Bottom: Coyote Flat in remote part of Inyo National Forest Aug '18
My favorite hipcamp in Joshua Tree National Park
Death Valley Nov '17 (Saline Valley Rd)
Me (on the left) with my most recent workawayer from Japan, in Bartolas Country (a very remote part of Sequoia National Forest) August '18
If you like craft beer we will get along great! I am always up for trying new beers, especially sours, and going to new breweries. California has a huge amount of craft beer breweries! And oh yeah we can try home brewing some beer as well!
I make fantastic pizza and taquitos, and can teach you how to make both. :)
Death Valley (Devils Playground Oct '16)
Swamis Beach in San Diego, California
The Corvette is also available for road trips, but it can't go where the Jeep can. :)





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