Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Starting off the new year

 Winter rock climbing in Golden.
The good old hockey game in Evergreen.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Christmas 2015


Christmas storm at Winter Park!

Monday, November 30, 2015

October and November



A few random shots from the past 4-6 weeks.




In early October we did some climbing in Castlewood Canyon state park.



And a few weeks later we stayed in an awesome cabin in the Sangre de Cristo range, on the east rim of the San Luis valley. 

We've had a pretty snowy November, and Lena loves it as much as I do.  Photo credits to the coach, this has got to be one of my favorite pictures.

And we also went 4wheeling in Pike NF.











Sunday, November 29, 2015

Overdue Wyoming / Yellowstone Update

This year I crossed off something that's been on my list for a long time: Yellowstone.  We spent 9 nights on the road, and had the most ideal late-September weather.  It didn't rain not once, and our luck overall was fantastic.  Here are the highlights:

Morning #1.  Guerilla camping in the Wind River foothills, waking up to cows on the horizon.

 Day 2: Brown Trout, Lewis Lake, Yellowstone.  Delicious.

Day 2(?): Spring near old faithful.

 Day 3: Yellowstone River.

 Day 4(?): Nic caught a beautiful cut-throat in Yellowstone Lake.

 Day 5: Our campsite in the Bechler Meadows of Yellowstone.

 Day 6: Bechler River, SW Yellowstone

 Day 6: Thermal feature in the area known as Ferris Fork.  What's most amazing about these springs is that they are at least 12 miles from the nearest parking lot, plus or minus.

 Day 6: Another shot of thermal waters from the Bechler River Valley.

Day 7/8: Sun setting in the Snowy Range (Medicine Bow NF) in Southern Wyoming on our way back. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Beginning of Autumn in the Rockies



Made it out into the backcountry over the weekend for the first taste of autumn.  Lena and I did a 12 mile loop through the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness in Pike NF.  Conditions were excellent and we only ran into a few people out for labor day weekend.  Brought my fishing pole but never bothered to cast a line because access was a little difficult without waders.  Nonetheless, I did see plenty of fish and a ton of birds. 



Some of the are aspens beginning to turn yellow depending on the aspect and elevation.



hiking = rodent hunting for Lena.  She never stops.  Ever.




I chose my camp site because of the view, but I probably should have picked something less exposed. 

The fall colors were very noticeable looking down valley in the morning.


And that about wraps it up.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Here we go again...

Time for me to get back in this.  Here's a few highlights from the summer thus far.





 West Spanish peak, one of my favourite corners of Colorado. San Isabel NF.


 Lena as we push for Trinchera peak in the Culebra range, south Colorado, a bit west of the Spanish peaks.  San Isabel NF.


View from my camping spot in the Gore range.  Unnamed lake, Eagle's Nest Wilderness, north of Vail.  White River NF. 

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The next big adventure


Tomorrow begins the next adventure and the beginning of a new, uncertain life. I have at least 8 hours driving to Madrid, and about 18 more hours of travel to contemplate the last 8 months of my life as well as whatever the next chapter may be. I am looking forward to being reflective, but also excited for all of the possibilities. Shall be a nice summer in any case.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Castaways and Cutouts

As far as I can tell, Amsterdam is as perfect as a city can possibly be. It's well designed and connected, its beautiful and diverse, and is full of gorgeous and intelligent people (which makes them so tolerant and happy). All I can say is that I am jealous and I want that lifestyle.

I will live in a houseboat somewhere someday, though I doubt here.

Sunday stroll.

The Red Light district was better than expected. Compared to Barcelona the people seemed pretty well behaved- except for all of the obnoxious groups of English guys yelling insults at the girls. Without going on a rant, I just want to say that the British need to get off their high horses (read: bar stools) because they are by far the most annoying group of tourists I have ever experienced.

Chilling with the chill in Vondelpark.

Other people chilling with it.

Bikes as far as the eye can see, at the train station.

Sleeping accommodations for the first night. Things like this afford me my lifestyle.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Shqipƫria

Okay, first legitimate update in a while. But finally I have some travels worth talking about, mainly Albania, which is beautiful, cheap, and has some of the friendliest people I have ever encountered. Highly recommended.

Pulling into the port of Vlore, after a 10 hour boat ride from Italy.

This is a walkway that cuts more than a kilometer through a lagoon near the ancient city of Butrinti, which is a stone's throw away from Greece and has a beautifully preserved Greek/Roman city.

Travelling buddy Karol walking along the path.

Old hotel along the beach of Dhermi, on the Southern coast.

Here you could swim and see snow-capped mountains at the same time. Incredible.

I think this sums up the country pretty well. Concrete bunkers leftover from times of communist isolation, a beautiful beach at sunset, and some litter for good measure.

View from out hotel, run by a super nice family that cooked us delicious fish caught by the father the morning of.

This photo sums up the interior mountainous parts of the country: snow-capped mountains, ubiquitous mercedes-benz, and old-style stone edifices.

Constantine or something, I really don't know or care.

A centuries old church left over from Ottoman times, I believe.

Town of Berat, looking down from the castle on the top of the hill featured in the following picture.

Ottoman style houses and a gentleman taking care of his business (i.e. on his way to sit in a cafe to drink coffee and smoke cigarettes all day).

Graffitti found in the town of Vlore.