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"The company and environment was the best. I love that I was able to meet with people who are very different from me but have similar interests. Although the weather made a big dent on our plans it lead us to another treasure in the park that we probably would have never went to had it not been the situation. Plans change ALL THE TIME which I am quite used to. The quick response and fast acting of MLC to make changes from a camp site to cabin was incredible. Carmelisa even made an effort to reach out to us about changes personally to make sure we were okay with it. I have not been on enough events to compare but I plan to join on more events."
- DENISE A. GARCIA - Yosemite 2018
"I have attended two MLC adventures; Yosemite and Mammoth Lakes. My experiences of these two events were top tier. Alongside the beautiful sights Yosemite and Mammoth delivered, it was MLC that made my experience ever so accommodating. Their love for the outdoor lifestyle is imbedded in their personalities when you meet them. They are exceedingly well organized and left almost no margin for error. Their intentions are pure and attention to detail is beyond compare. Throughout the weekend the MLC gals were full of energy and excitement that dispatched positive vibes down to your fingertips. Through the trip they encouraged everyone to socialize and to build new bridges. They have great means of mediation when any misunderstanding surfaced. As I am writing this I am a week shy from attending my third MLC Adventure to Mammoth and can’t wait to snowboard once again with great people. Thank you MLC.”
- MANNY CASTELLANOS - Yosemite 2016, Mammoth 2016 & 2017
"I am greatful that Carmelisa did not cancel our trip when she found out Yosemite Valley was closed. I enjoyed staying in a cabin with a fireplace and all the commodities when it was raining outside. I loved this group! I interacted with everyone. I don’t think I had done that at any other trip I had participated in. I enjoyed having multiple people cooking for the whole group because I felt that we were all a big family. I loved playing the camping games we did. I think the small but cozy cabin made our group interactions possible."
- CHAR-LEEN CRANER - Yosemite 2018
"MLC changed my life by introducing me to like-minded adventurous people. I was really lonely and hated living in LA after my ex-bf dumped me (because I had moved halfway across the country to be with him and he tossed me aside after two months). I had tried going on other group hikes but I never even got waitlisted. I kept putting myself "out there" so I could meet people. I really tried to like LA but I wanted to leave as fast as I could. I had no friends and so once I left the school I taught at, I went home to my cat. I kept searching for a group to be part of that would also encourage my goal to lose weight and lead a happy life. I randomly came across a comment on a GWHLA thread mentioning MLC. After this, I signed up for as many trips as I could so that I could try to meet new people. I remember being so nervous the whole first trip to Zion. That trip changed my life. I met Isabella and Janette who have welcomed me into their lives; I met Carmelisa and Marie who showed me kind friendship even though they knew nothing about me. I have grown so much in the 6 months since that trip and MLC has a big part of that blame. I have been able to accomplish 2 of my goals for 2017: explore more gems of nature and make friends. I remember reading one of Marie's blog posts and a post on her instagram and thinking to myself about how real she is. She inspired me and challenged me to be better and to make my life count. I want to surround myself with genuine, kind, strong, adventurous people that will keep lifting me up. MLC has changed my life with the kindness shown and friendships gained. I hope to lead trips so that I can give another person what I received by being part of this community.
- HOLLIE O'BRIEN - Zion 2017, Big Bear 2017
"You ladies and our trip to Yosemite has changed my life. I've just spent the weekend cleaning up after donating and selling 85% of my clothes. I'm planning on moving out of my luxury west side apt so I can move further away from work all so I can save up for travel. It was all because of a few conversations I had in the van on our trip that really kinda crystallized alot of desires and ideas I was having at the time. After that, I realized that I could do it. I especially have to thank Marie. The way she talked about her passion for travel, the way she experimented with living in her van, all that so could save money and do what she loves? It was so brave, it completely inspired me. Now I'm thinking about getting a van or a sprinter and converting that into something that I could live in and trying that out for a month or two while I live & work in Santa Monica."
- EMMANUEL MWANGI - Yosemite 2016
"I am so thankful to know Marie, Lyssa and Carmelisa. They are incredible individuals who inspire others to “make life count” and explore the world. The girls always choose great spots to camp, hike, etc. Plus, they always make sure everyone is having fun (and fed). I’d highly recommend everyone to join the next MLC trip! The trips are well run and are always full of adventures."
- MARGARETH MARTIN - OptOutside 2015, Mammoth 2016, Havasupai 2016, Yosemite 2016
"My husband and I joined in on a weekend trip to Sequoia last year and it was an amazing experience! It was SO refreshing to enjoy a well-organized, well-planned for weekend with no-drama folks. For busybodies like us, we're always saying we'll make the time to go on trips and then life gets in the way, but with MLC, we'll always feel like the opportunities are there and we're much more comfortable going with experienced folks. Carmelisa organized and planned for everyone's meals and even put games together for people to get to know each other. I highly recommend joining in on what MLC has to offer!"
- DESIRAE UBALDO - Sequoia Nat'l Park 2015
"I have been on many trips with MLC and I can testify that each has been a spectacular, life changing experience. Traveling is great, but traveling with amazing people is always better! I love the group that they attract, and the type of people that I get to meet on their trips. Planning trips can be stressful, so knowing that everything has been taken care of is a relief. Each trip I have been on with MLC has been successively better in every way. They are always progressing, learning, and making every trip better than the last. They plan the travel arrangements, itinerary, food, and activities for everyone while still leaving flexibility in their plans. Planning and organizing so many people is a real challenge, but now they make everything a seamless experience. It has been a true pleasure getting to know, travel and work with Carmelissa, Marie, and Alyssa. I admire their positive attitude, and vision for a better world where anybody can travel without breaking the bank. What I love the most about MLC is their passion for adventure, friendship, environmental stewardship, and social responsibility.They are so inspiring! I have no doubt MLC will succeed in every way, and always look forward to my next trip with them. I am excited to see where they'll decide to take us next.
- GILBERTO QUIROZ - Yosemite 2016, Sequoia 2015, Mammoth 2016, Hawaii 2016, Havasupai 2016, Big Sur 2016, Mammoth 2017
"I found MLC when one of the founding members posted in a different group about a scheduled a road trip to Yosemite and there were spaces available on the trip. Initially, I hesitated to sign up because I didn’t know anyone in the group, but I was curious about MLC so I went on its Facebook page where I looked at prior posts, pictures in the albums and watched videos of the past road trips. The group’s energy in the posts, pictures and videos was intoxicating! I found MLC to be a group of extremely positive people who encouraged each other to live life without fear and also praise the group members for their accomplishments! They show everyone so much love and support in the post comments, pictures and videos but most importantly they were having fun! This is when I joined MLC and signed up for the Yosemite road trip. When I attended the trip I had an amazing experience! I found the organizers and members to be so incredibly welcoming to a complete stranger and the event was nicely organized so we got to see and experience many places I had never heard of or been to on our way to Yosemite (i.e., the Musical Road in Lancaster, Fossil Falls on Highway 395 and Erick Schlat’s Bakery in Bishop!)
The weekend after I returned from the Yosemite road trip, I hiked and summited the highest mountain in Southern California, Mount San Gorgonio. When I posted the summit picture proudly announcing my accomplishment, MLC shared the post in the group. I’ve never been recognized for my accomplishments and loved how people in the group that I didn’t know congratulated me on my success! It was an incredible feeling! I’ve dreamt about traveling and doing weekend road trips ever since I could remember but felt fear to get out of my comfort zone. Then, my 15 year old nephew passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from a cerebral aneurysm. While I said my good-bye to him at his bed side I promised him I would no longer live the way I was living by just existing. Rather, I’d live life to the fullest and without fear. Thanks to MLC, I’ve been able to keep the promise I made my beloved Anthony and since joining MLC on the Yosemite adventure in September 2016 I’ve gone on subsequent road trips to Arizona, Utah, Nevada, Sequoia National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Napa Valley, San Francisco, Big Sur and Monterey! As you can see, in a few months I’ve lived more than I have in the past! Thank you MLC for your positive vibes, for showing me to live fearlessly and for helping me keep the promise I made to my beloved Anthony."
- JESSE MERCADO - Yosemite 2016