“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
– Henry Miller

The prologue of Michael Crichton’s nonfiction autobiography “Travels” is something that has stayed with me from the first time I read it maybe 20 years ago.

“For many years I traveled for myself alone. I refused to write about my trips, or even to plan them with any useful purpose… I felt a real need for rejuvenation, for experiences that would take me away from things I usually did, the life I usually led.

In my everyday life, I often felt a stifling awareness of the purpose behind everything I did. Every book I read, every movie I saw, every lunch and dinner I attended seemed to have a reason behind it. 

From time to time, I felt the urge to do something for no reason at all.

I conceived these trips as vacations-as respites from my ongoing life—but that wasn't how they turned out. Eventually, I realized that many of the most important changes in my life had come about because of my travel experiences.“ 

- Michael Crichton, “Travels”

Experiences have always been more valuable to me than things. I seek to fill my mind with beautiful pages, like a photo album, of experiences, places, loved ones, adventures. Treasured memories I can flip through like a picture book are the most important thing for having lived, loved, overcome pain, accomplished dreams, all of it.

High Camp was founded on the concept that experiences and the memories we hold last longer than any infatuation with belongings.

In celebration of summer travel, we are offering by popular demand our Vine and Bloom Discovery Box for a limited time. The perfect gesture, hostess gift, or way to say “I’m thinking of you.”

With love from High Camp, 

Susan Hanson


“Often I go to some distant region of the world be reminded of who I really am.” 

- Michael Crichton