New Summer, New Adventure

Well well… It’s been quite some time since we’ve posted any sort of update on this website, huh? I gotta be honest with everyone. Sometime around midway through the road trip last summer I gave up with updating this blog and just continued living life. We have so many awesome photos from places that we went after South Dakota. Let me breakdown the full trip; California > Nevada > Utah > Colorado > Wyoming > South Dakota > Wyoming > Montana > Idaho > Washington > Oregon > California. Basically I didn’t blog on the second half of the trip. I’ll eventually get around to putting pictures up and writing about some of the cool things we did in Washington and Oregon before getting back to California. In the mean time, lets do a trip breakdown.

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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2017 Recap

We headed out of the beautiful colorful Colorado and through Wyoming before we made it to the Western part of South Dakota where we met up with our good friend Tali. There were big plans of drinking beer, doing karaoke, and visiting the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, SD. Oh yeah, and we were going to take a nice hot shower at Tali’s house. Before we get into the whole story, it should be noted that we van camped in a few awesome places before arriving in Rapid City, South Datoka that will be discussed in the 2nd half of the post. So what did we do first once we got there? Head to the local watering hole of course! This place was called “Clock Tower Lounge” and it was pretty badass. We made some new friends and Bailey killed it as usual on the karaoke. She did an always enjoyable Honky Cat by Elton John. Classic! Continue reading

Radium Hot Springs and Downhill Mountain Biking in Colorado

Summer 2017 – From our last stop in Utah, we hopped on I-70 once again and headed east to enter Colorado. We were heading to Vail, CO to visit my cousin, Jack, and his fiance, Callie. There were big plans of spending the weekend at one of their favorite hot springs on the Colorado river. Bailey and I also had some plans for downhill mountain biking since we were in Vail. Why not, right? Plus… we had our employee passes so we got a fat discount!

After a nice Friday night of beer drinking, we loaded up some of Jack’s friends and all the camping gear and headed out towards the springs. Continue reading

Scootin’ Utah: Touring the National Parks of Utah

It was on Hwy 21 headed southeast out of Great Basin that we finally crossed the Utah state line. Great, we were going from one desert to another. But this desert happened to have 5 national parks! Thats right, good ol’ Utah, USA. Instead of doing a seperate post for each national park (because you know we had to go to all of them) I’ll just make this a longer post with different sections and loads of pictures, of course. Before I continue I should say that at this point the van has been running good ever since the first little overheating bout. I just put oil and tranny fluid in it every couple weeks and it keeps moving down the road. Oh yeah, and gas, we put a lot of gas into it! It’s a blast to drive though. Anyways let’s get started with park numero uno….

Scootin Utah; Pt. 1: Zion National Park

I gotta say right off the bat, this park feels a little like Disneyland to start. People are everywhere. It’s funky because to access most of the hikes and other cool things, you have to
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Exploring Great Basin National Park

We took the loneliest highway in America all the way to Sacramento Pass BLM area. Sweet free campground to pull into right around sunset and only a few miles away from Great Basin NP. We setup camp, Bailey made her always delicious chili, I made a little fire for heat, and we enjoyed ourselves for awhile before heading to bed. In the morning we made the regular bacon, eggs, and coffee from the Coleman 2 burner stove. We loaded up our belongings like we always do before heading down the road towards the park. We didn’t see even one other camper there the whole time, and there were plenty of sites.

BLM campground

Sacramento Pass BLM campground only a few miles from the park entrance. Score!

We arrived at the park, went to the visitor center for the park movie, and decided where we were going to camp for the night. We stayed in Baker Creek campground inside the park for a small fee so we could remain close to the visitor center where we went to the astronomy program that evening. Before we went to the astronomy program we did a nice 6 mile loop through pole canyon that was relatively close to our camp. The astronomy program was fun and informative, unfortunately we were unable to look at the stars through the telescopes they had setup for us because of the bad cloud cover.

The next day we drove up the 10 mile scenic drive to the base of 13,000ft Wheeler Peak where we setup camp in Wheeler Peak campground for a small fee. The next day we would hike to the top of Wheeler Peak, a 3000ft vertical gain around 9 miles round trip. Not exactly your regular walk in the park. Punny huh? We woke up early the next morning to make breakfast and Continue reading