The first step to inspiring people to vote for their public lands is to create relevancy. Producer Andy Cochrane and I decided to road trip through some of California’s most accessible public lands to educate and inspire people to take their own weekend expedition into the national parks, monuments, seashores and recreation areas owned equally by all Americans under federal protection.

From Death Valley — home of the lowest point in North America — to the Alabama Hills (the highest point in the lower 48 and the set of countless films and TV shows), our trip aimed to show why public lands are worth fighting to keep in public hands, and that strike missions don’t always require swells or snow. Sometimes you just have to get creative — or a little dumb.

Photos of me by Andy Cochrane.