I was blown away. People think I’m good because I can stay up for a few seconds… ha! This is amazing.
In the next 8 weeks, we should get handstands in…
- Charlotte, NC
- Raleigh, NC
- Outer Banks, NC
- Smokey Mountain National Park
Just giving ya’ll the heads up. WATCH OUT for the ninja handstand kick!
We headed up to Atlantic City this past Saturday for Jason’s Bachelor party…
This SCREAMS Bachelor Party [Flickr]
Why so sad? [Flickr]
Johnny Rockets [Flickr]
Ballys Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA [Flickr]
After a delicious Johnny Rockets dinner in Atlantic City.
Caesars, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA [Flickr]
Mega windy, and kinda wet. Perfect boardwalk weather… not. So we hit the casinos.
Steven is SOO cool! [Flickr]
Heading Down into the Casino [Flickr]
Kristen and I went on our first excursion to (Say in southern accent) Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend.
What’s up ATL [Flickr]
Downtown Atlanta from our Perspective [Flickr]
World of Coca-Cola [Flickr]
Atlanta Aquarium Silhouette [Flickr]
Atlanta Aquarium (The OMG Window) [Flickr]
Atlanta Aquarium (The OMG Window) [Flickr]
Atlanta Aquarium Tunnel – Atlanta, Georgia [Flickr]
Nearly 20 foot long Whale Sharks [Flickr]
Handstand Portal [Flickr]
Another World [Flickr]
Atlanta Aquarium Tunnel [Flickr]
Sting Ray [Flickr]
Kristen and Starfish [Flickr]
Piranas waiting for blood… [Flickr]
Where’s Nemo? [Flickr]
Poisionous Fish [Flickr]
Atlanta Handstand [Flickr]
After getting delayed for an hour at Regan National Airport, we got to our Detroit and had 2 minutes to make our connection. We SPRINTED and made it (they were gonna hold it for 10 minutes supposedly but it’s hard to trust their word)
Got into Denver just before 9pm, and after dinner at Ruby Tuesdays, got up to Silverthorne at 1am Mountain time. Went to bed around 3… up just before 8, and out to Breckenridge.
First part of the day was alright, but was mostly trying to meet up with people. The 2nd half rocked, but I definitely have something going on (sick?) So, I’m getting to sleep early, but here are some pictures!
I’m deleting my wordpress blog that had 2 posts. Here is one of them from August 22nd, 2007.
Stop 1, Badin Lake Campground in the great state of North Carolina.
It was sooo hot here at night. They had nice facilities and a cool lake to swim in, but we didn’t manage to get any lake pictures.
Stop 2, Surfside Beach, SC.
We stayed the Holiday Inn here which I personally thought was great because it was away from the crowds we saw as we drove through myrtle, and hey, we weren’t camping
Stop 4, Buck Hall Recreation Area in South Carolina.
Stop 5, Charleston, South Carolina
Stop 6, Hilton Head Island
Stop 7, Savannah, Georgia
Stop 8, Jacksonville, Flordia
Got to hang out w/my best friend from High School, Fred down in the JAX. Nightclubs on JAX Beach, Downtown, and a little Dave and Busters never hurt anyone. It was a blast!
I got an email this morning from REI asking for outdoor member photos. I looked through all 80 or so of them that they had and a lot of them reminded me of places I had been on my trip. In order to hopefully get my handstanding out in the public realm a little, I sent them the picture of me doing a handstand at Guadalupe Peak (8,751ft) which is the “Top of Texas”. I sent them this one because no one had a picture from Texas.
And now that I am writing this out, I realized I have a picture from “Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park which I will also upload because I did not see any from there!
I hope REI likes them and adds them to their photo gallery!
Survey about the size of photos on my site:
A: Keep large pictures because I love seeing them so big on your site!
B: Use the smaller images so I can read what you’re saying, then if I want to see the picture bigger, I can click on it.
New face in Washington:
OHHH you probably thought I was gonna show you a picture of THIS guy:
Christmas week was great with friends and family. If you didn’t get to see the Union Station Christmas tree or the National Christmas tree, here they are:
And of course…
I was looking through my pictures and realized I should pay tribute to some other friends who are awesome:
Jason (Shacks Beach, Puerto Rico):
Brian (“The Summit”, Not quite sure):
Jill (Roosevelt Island, New York):
Rebecca (Cove Campground, Gore, VA):
“Boo-yah-ka-sha! Check it.” We’z be alls up in Bryce Canyon. I be taken da pictures and postin them fresh.
I’z be handstanding.
I’ze be panoramaing up in da canyon.
I woke up yesterday and spoiled myself to a Bacon, Egg and Cheddar on Sesame sandwitch, along with a nice ice white chocolate mocha.
On the Zion shuttle, I had two elderly women talk to me. One was overexcited that I was going hiking and the other was enchanted in the smell of my sunscreen…
Angels Landing is nearly all paved… until you get to the top. So out of the 2.5 miles, 2 of it is paved, but uphill. The last .5 miles takes you along a rockface that can get narrow at times, and there are metal chains there for your confidence in hiking. I got to the top and met a “tour”. They were nice enough to take my picture. I don’t know why someone would pay for a day hike? Who knows. I did pay for my Yosemite and Grand Canyon hikes but they were in the backcountry and food and permits were provided
The view was spectacular. Definitely the best I saw in the park. I think I’m definitely a mountain man, because “The Narrows” are supposed to be the greatest, but I am always more impressed by summiting something.
Anyways, on the way down met another older guy, think he said he was 63, and we talked about how he had hiked down into the Grand Canyon before. He did it when he was 19 and did it all in one day which is one hell of a hike. He, along with tons of other people I met were very happy for me to get out and do these things while I can still enjoy them physically. Now hopefully I’ll still be hiking when I am 63 like him, but maybe in better shape too?
Maybe this is just an elderly person day, but I talked to 2 more from a different tour bus group when i was down getting ice cream at the Zion Lodge after my hike. They tried to tell me some joke about real estate and buying a “lot” (get it?). I just didn’t get the pun, and it wasn’t funny at first. haha.
Anyways, great hike, and made it onto Bryce Canyon National Park where I peeked around a little last night. I am going to go look at it a bit more this morning and then head onto Capitol Reef, and depending, maybe onto Arches? I just don’t know. Cheers!
As recommened by Tom, my Grand Canyon Guide, I checked out Zion Adventure Company and got the gear I needed to do “The Narrows”. It is basically a river going through a REALLY tall canyon. I got:
-Dry Bag (For Camera and wallet)
Here is what I saw. Enjoy.
Before getting back on the shuttle down to the visitors center…
It was definitely a unique hike. I enjoyed it, and it wore me out. Hiking up a stream is more work than you’d think. I was able to recharge with a delicious Burrito and then put together these pics for you. Angel’s Landing tomorrow morning, and then off to Bryce Canyon National Park!
Well… ~16 miles round trip, and 4700 feet up, then 4700 feet down. Brutal? Awesome.
Kelly and I at the Paul Bunyan Statue
Awesome Car on Hawthorne St.
Lend a helping hand to a neighbor
Lightroom lets you make fun pictures!
Multnomah Falls! 2nd longest in the lower 48
Our cool new water bottles (Mike on right)
Cool boat on the Columbia River
Mike and Kelly
Multnomah Falls from the bridge
Went up to the “Sunrise” section of Mount Rainier National Park…
I didn’t caption a lot of these, but they are all in the “Sunrise” portion of the park.
Handstand at sunrise point
Mount Freemont Lookout, awesome trail, and there is the lookout!
2 days after labor day, they were using a helicopter to take stuff to/from the lookout and I got a close view!
In case you haven’t checked it out lately, or didn’t know about it… There is a map of the Handstands I have done.
Pacific Standard Time! Woo Hoo!
Last night I slept about 30k in on 99 heading south towards Whistler, at a Provincial Park Campground. I started reading through my books on Olympic National Park and some others, and just got excited. I love this. This trip was a great idea, and totally cool. So glad I get to keep exploring!
I’m in the library in Whistler right now. The sunrise drive down from the campground was quite pretty. I’ve got reservations to get over to Vancouver Island, head over to Pacific Rim National Park, and then down to Victoria, so 2 full days over there
Then it’s off to Olympic National Park on Tuesday, and then Seattle for Labor Day weekend!
Hope you enjoy the pics, I’ve driven approximately 500 miles on smaller roads in the past day, phew! Only a little over 100km to Vancouver!
P.S.- Stick to snowboarding in Whistler. The mountain biking was a letdown, almost killed myself on the rocks, and then gave up because it wasn’t worth it.
Do you know this creature?
Pyramid Mountain… Glorious
Kamloops, British Columbia
Just outside of Kamloops heading west
Cache Creek, British Columbia
Along the roadside of 99 in B.C.
What about this guy, he your friend?
Pretty flowers with a mountain Bokeh
Most AWESOME jump EVER, it goes OVER the mountain!
2010 Olympic Bobsled and Luge Track!
I’m lazy, I know. I’ve been sitting around doing laundry and checking for cheap flights so Kristen can make it out to San Francisco to meet me (and not finding much cheaper than 500 bucks, yikes!)
Anyways, My first day in Glacier (Monday), I headed up to the “Many Glacier” entrance of the National Park and hiked the Iceberg Lake and then the Ptarmigan Tunnel Trail. That was a 15 miles day, and didn’t really wear me out until the next day. I did enjoy the Pancake, Sausage and Coffee breakfast. Warm food does hit the spot!
Yesterday I went drove up the “Going-to-the-sun-road” and headed up to logans pass. I did a portion of the “Garden Wall” and then hiked up Logan’s pass to hidden lake. It wasn’t much of a hiking day, maybe 6 miles, but good enough! I came back to my site (already set up because I actually stayed in the same place for 2 nights!) and enjoyed a smoked sausage on my manly fire I made.
Today I’m going to head over to the western side of the park and am going to check it out!
Pics… In absolutely no order, but with captions!
“Hidden” lake… I SEE IT!
On the way to Iceberg Lake
On the Iceberg Lake Trail
Something is Wrong? with this picture.
Lions and Tigers and Grizzly ____’s O-MY!
I took this morning to try and catch up with the handstand map.
Check it out!
Here is the one I was missing at Osprey Falls in Yellowstone…
First I was at Mount Rushmore…
Then somewhere on my way to beartooth pass….
And Beartooth Pass (AMAZING)…
Then I was in Yellowstone National Park where there were tons of Bison…
Now I am in Glacier National Park:
I was in…
KOA in Livingston, MT
Well, I didn’t end up hiking in the backcountry tonight. I was heistant about hiking 20 miles alone in grizzly bear country, the weather is completely dreary, and mom asked I didn’t. She didn’t cause dad got into a biking accident, along with just caring for my safety. He flipped the bike and messed up his right elbow, broke some ribs? and fractured a vertebrae or two? Not exactly sure on the exact details, but I got to talk to him tonight, which was great. We were worried he broke his femur (thigh bone) but luckily that is just heavily bruised. Lesson goes… WEAR YOUR HELMET… He did too, and that’s probably why he will heal. Heard that his helmet was broken all to pieces, so thankfully that took most of the impact. Crazy time. I’m hoping he will do a full recovery but it sounds like it’ll be painful here for a while.
I’m in Livingston Montana after checking out Yellowstone for my last day today. Heading up to Glacier National Park tomorrow
Got to see old faithful, do white water rafting on the yellowstone river, hike to Osprey Falls, and hang out.
Love you Dad!
Top of Beartooth Pass… Quite possibly my favorite road…
Old Faithful Strikes again!
I woke up at 4am this morning, on purpose to get some shots in the city before all the tourists were out. I left for the subway station at 5, and got down to Millienum park just at it hit 5:43am central time (official sunrise time in Chicago today).
They were SOO worth it. I met a retired guy who was taking pictures. 3 of his photos have been in National Geographic, and I got some good hints Now I just need to practice, and read up more.
Off to get my oil changed and alignment adjusted at 2pm, then hopefully making it up for a Handstand in Milwaukee, WI and then on to Oshkosh. Jeff Dunam is suppose to be performing at 9pm tonight… So I hope I can make that
I studied the map, devised a plan of attack, and then hit the city.
Double Decker Bus tour…
Then I walked down through the city towards the express bus to the Museum of Science and Industry and got a handstand on the way…
The museum was pretty cool. Definitely tailored for younger kids but I enjoyed the “coal mine” tour.
..and my last handstand (camera was balanced on my backpack and I used a timer)…
Tuesday felt pretty lonely for the first time. I know it was just a temporary thing though. I’m posting this on Wednesday and today was much better, just running on no sleep and that’s why this post is so bland! Also, pictures from a tour bus aren’t that great, so I decided to spare you from them. Check out my Day 7 pictures which I like much more
A mini-carrot snack.