Viewing entries tagged
lake

Comment

Photo Gallery Update!

I finally editing my favorite photos from the trip and posted them. The dashcam video is coming soon! I went on a snowy mountain bike ride in Flagstaff yesterday too so I'll post some photos from that soon! Tips and more cool locations to see coming soon!

Comment

Comment

Phoenix to *Anchorage* (AND BACK): DAY 19

I finally made it back home! Almost 9,000 miles and 19 days later, I arrived home greasy, tired, and unbelievably stoked. It doesn't feel like I just spent nearly 3 weeks away from home - not in the least. In some ways, it feels like it was already a lifetime ago. I had a lot of time to explore, enjoy, and think. I really appreciated the last of those three. I have some really cool plans for the future of the site and really want to give back by providing information on cool places to go, how to get there, and ways to get into the adventure lifestyle! Anyway, my last leg of the trip was pretty rushed due to weather, but I still thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! I spent some time in Jasper and Yellowstone national parks - as well as a few others. All in all, I estimate that gas was more than 90% of my cost for the trip. Food was cheap and I never paid for lodging. I slept in my car, stayed at a friend's, and couch surfed for every night of the trip.

A rock did shatter my windshield and I got a speeding ticket in Canada, but my insurance will cover the glass and the speeding ticket was super cheap so this ended up being very affordable considering that I was gone for almost 3 weeks! It really reinforced the pursuit of my passions. It proved that you can do anything you want if you just commit yourself to your dreams. It sounds corny, but it's true.

Locations and trips coming soon! For now, enjoy these pictures from the last leg of my trip home! Much love.

Comment

Comment

Phoenix to Fairbanks (and Back): Day 10

What a trip this has been so far! The first 5 days were absolutely incredible! Unfortunately, things didn't quite follow the plan after that... By the time I reached southern British Columbia, my sleeping pad was flat, I was out of cooking fuel, the temperature dropped below freezing, and many private gas stations were shut down for the winter already. Towns and other cars became increasingly rare sights. By the time I reached Yukon on the 6th night, I had decided not to spend any more time in Canada than I had to. I made excellent time that day so I decided to head to bed early and finish the remaining 16 hours in the next day. I got up at 5 AM and reached the capital, Whitehorse, by 10 AM where I changed my oil. Stopping only for gas and occasional pictures, I pushed on to Anchorage and arrived shortly before midnight.

My couchsurfing hosts are insanely amazing, kind, and hilarious! The last three days here have been rainy so I haven't managed to explore much. Today is still cloudy, but I'm taking the opportunity to see what I can! Wish me luck!

Comment

Comment

Phoenix to Fairbanks (and back): Day 4

A lot of people have been requesting pictures. I will upload edited versions later, but here are some temporary ones to keep you at bay. It's the end of Day 4 for my Phoenix to Fairbanks (and back) trip. I spend the first day driving to the coast and reached it just as the sun set on the Highway 1. I got up before sunrise the next morning and drove up the coast to San Francisco and spent some time at the Golden Gate Bridge and surrounding area. Then I drove up through central northern California until I reached my friend's place in southern Oregon and passed out for the night. Yesterday I woke up and drove to the Redwoods, drove through a tree, spent a little time at the beach, then quickly drove over to Crater Lake just in time for sunset pictures. Today, I woke up drove straight through Washington and made it to Canada with enough light to check out a really cool waterfall just off the coast.

Tomorrow, it's back on the road as I head to Anchorage, Alaska. I should be there by the night of the 7th.

Comment

Comment

Off to Alaska! See you in 24 days.

I've been planning this trip for months and it's almost here. Many people signed up and expressed interest, but it looks like it's just me. I get it; three weeks is a long time. I knew this was a possibility and I'm not turning back now. Before the sun rises tomorrow morning, I'll be on the road to Fairbanks, Alaska. The trip will take 24 days and I'll see amazing things on the way there and back! Your loss, suckas! ;D

Comment

Comment

7 Months in a New Life!

I still can't believe this is my life sometimes, but it hasn't been this way for very long. I only made the change less than a year go, so it just goes to show that you never know what you can do until you try!

Comment

Comment

A weekend in the pines.

Andrew rappels down an ant-covered rock wall.
Andrew rappels down an ant-covered rock wall.

I decided the night before that I wanted to bring my dog even though I wasn't sure how she would react to being in a kayak or sleeping in a hammock or if she had the stamina for a 15 mile ride. I prefer trial by fire anyway.

I cooked breakfast and threw everything into my car before meeting up with the rest of the crew. We drove to Blue Ridge Reservoir and unloaded the kayaks. Allarah eventually relaxed in the kayak and we spent the day paddling around, stopping to climb and jump wherever we wanted. After the sun had baked me, we retired to a local diner for some dinner.

I found this after walking and driving around for about an hour.
I found this after walking and driving around for about an hour.

The guys headed back home while Allarah and I went back to the reservoir and drove around through the back country until we found a nice place to make camp.

It took some time, but I finally found a place that I couldn't pass up. Allarah and I walked around until I found two trees that would give me an unobstructed view of the night sky.

Allarah is the best cuddle-buddy.
Allarah is the best cuddle-buddy.

I set up the hammock and hoped Allarah would find the sleeping arrangements to be agreeable. It took quite a while for the both of us to get comfortable, but eventually I feel asleep and woke several times throughout the night to the clearest night sky that I've ever seen.

We slept until 6 and began the 3 and a half hour drive to the trail I wanted to check out. I was a little nervous about taking her on such a long trip, but the temperature was cool and she had done 7 miles in the heat and I could stop as much as she needed. It only took about 1 mile before I realized what a treat this ride would be - and it just got better as we went.

The scenery was amazing. We made our way through pines, dogwoods, grass fields with colorful wildflowers and elk.

The 14+ mile Los Burros circuit.
The 14+ mile Los Burros circuit.

We made it back home just as the sun was setting and closed out another perfect weekend. I love my life :)

Comment

Comment

The first 7 months of my new life and "Max Level Adventures"

The list that began it all.
The list that began it all.

It's been just over 7 months since I started the Facebook group. Holy shit. When I started the group on January 31st, I had tons of ideas! It only took two months to do things I thought it would take me a year to accomplish. I went skydiving, bungee jumping in California, explored Monument Valley, Antelope Canyon (pictured), competed in an obstacle course, and biked/hiked in places I'd never been before. Running out of ideas began to seem like a very real possibility, but it never happened. The ideas weren't always specific, but they didn't have to be. All I had to do was decide what activity I wanted to do and pick a location. Cliff jumping? Let's check out Fossil Creek. Hiking? Let's check out Flat Iron, Biking? Let's check out Sedona.

Many of my ideas came from word of mouth. I would tell someone about my adventures and they'd say, "oh, man, have you heard of ______?!" And most of the time, my answer was "no" or "yeah, but I haven't been there." They'd tell me enough to pique my interest and I'd add it to the list.

The solution was pretty simple; I just started planning adventures for myself.

As time passed, I realized I had become a little *too* inclusive. I found myself planning too many events for people that would cut trips short because they didn't take it seriously or came underprepared. Or they would bail entirely. It took me a while to make the change because I didn't want to exclude certain people for the behavior of others. The solution was pretty simple; I just started planning adventures for myself. Then it didn't matter if anyone showed up because I still got to do what I wanted.

I suspected that being more selfish and exclusive would result in reduced interest - and it did to an extent. The number of sign-ups decreased, but the turn-outs remained about the same. In hindsight I realize that I was creating more serious followers while reducing the source of my stress. I had solved my problem just by relentlessly pursuing my passion - which is what I had set out to do all along.

It cost me a few old hobbies and friendships to get here, but those sacrifices taught me the difference between happiness and complacency. I've never been more excited about my future.

Comment

Comment

Welcome to my adventure blog!

I started this blog to catalog my adventures for a few reasons. First, I like to look back on the things I've accomplished. It helps me see how much I've done and who I did it with.

Second, I want to provide an example for anyone else that feels the way I did before I started living my life the way I do now.

Third, making lists and writing things down helps me center my focus. I expect this blog will be a great tool for me in that process.

Finally, I hope that this blog might provide adventurous opportunities for me or others in ways that I cannot yet predict.

Comment