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The "Utah Quickie"

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The "Utah Quickie"

Holy shit! 4 days left in Arizona! I'm going backpacking in Colorado 2 days from now, then I return for 2 days before moving to Oregon! What a crazy schedule. I just finished editing the photos from my road trip to Horseshoe Bend, Zion, Bryce and Arches National Parks. I still have to edit Havasupai, but it's looking like I won't get to that until I make it to Oregon on the 31st. 

That aside, let's talk about my quick road trip with Rachel Pulice to Utah! Only 1 of the 4 places we went was new to me, but I got to explore a little more so it was totally worth it - plus I had a decent camera with me this time! We made a pit stop at the famous Horseshoe Bend and I'm glad we did! The lighting was the best I've seen, with scattered clouds leaving a cool impression on the scene below.

We made it to Zion with enough time to do just about nothing. We found a parking lot to sleep in and passed out. After eating breakfast the next morning, we hopped on the first bus to hike Angel's Landing at sunrise. The weather was perfect! Warm and clear skies. It started to get hot by the time we made it back down, but it was time hit the Narrows so it was perfect. The famous canyon is about 20 degrees cooler than the rest of the valley. The Virgin River keeps you cool as you hike through the gorgeous canyon with narrow walls rising 1,000 feet on either side of you. This was just as amazing as I remember. We went a lot further than I did last time and it was totally worth it! We found a beautiful waterfall and stopped for a snack before hiking back.

We found a place to camp outside the park, slept in the car under the stars and reached Bryce Canyon around 10am. We snagged a campsite and headed out to explore! I was fairly unimpressed as we drove from one viewpoint to the next, so we returned to the camp for some lunch and a nap. I slept for a couple hours despite the loud music blaring from an adjacent campsite. I finished a book, ate a snack and woke Rachel to get some sunset pictures. With the sun lower in the sky, the park suddenly came alive with color! We hiked around and snapped photos until the sun went down. Then we waited in the car for 3 hours while listening to one of my favorite podcasts. When the sky was sufficiently dark, we strapped on the headlamps and hiked down into the canyon for some night captures. The sky was unfortunately cloudy, but we made the best of it.

Instead of returning to the campsite, I drove us 4+ hours to catch the sunrise at Arches. At the time, it felt like a mistake. And it didn't stop feeling that way until we arrived. As if she knew what I did to see her, Mother Nature put on a spectacular show! We arrived at one of the most stunning sunrises I've ever seen without a minute to spare. After snapping some shots, Rachel and I explore a couple of the arches. Then I passed out in the car for a couple hours.

I woke up around 10am after a quick nap and drove us home. 

What a trip! I still can't believe we crammed all of that into 4 days! Havasupai photos and story coming after I move. I'll post a few updates on my travels before then.

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Timelapse Crosscontinent Roadtrip

I thought this video would take a lot of time to edit, but it was actually fairly simple. After inspecting all 7,290 photos, I found the right speed and added some basic effects to clean things up. Now you can experience my road trip from Phoenix, AZ to Anchorage, AK and back from the dash of my car at 1,800x speed! Enjoy! :)

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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!

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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.

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