Escape from New York

January 29th, 2015

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The title says it all, people, I’m moving away from this crazy city that has become my ‘frenemy’. I love it and hate it at the same time, almost like its family.

The next chapter of my life will be in Denver, where I will crash with friends until I figure out what to do with myself. Currently, in addition to packing all of my belongings and wondering if its worth the cost to move any of it, I’m working on a couple ‘passion project’ apps to hone my professional skills and scratch the itch to code.

If you had ever read this blog before, you know that I should be wary of driving across the country in the winter. Instead of heading through Kansas this time, though, I plan to head into the South away from the snow line. Just my luck though, snow will be streaming from the skies as we leave on Monday, although sunshine is in the forecast for the next few days allowed by my truck rental agreement.

Honestly, I’m already missing NYC. Not working for the past couple months has been so much fun. Its sad to pack up my apartment and send my cat to a different home, but I’m excited about all the adventures I’ll have in the part of the country I’ve been missing so much.

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Chicago Timelapses

December 31st, 2014

Asheville, NC

November 5th, 2013

A Day in Midtown Manhattan

October 13th, 2013

Brooklyn Sunset

October 13th, 2013

Bandelier National Monument

June 7th, 2013

Wildfire smoke in the sky.

I’m such a geology nerd, I like to think, since the smoke was coming from the caldera of a nearby volcano, that it was steam, and that I was witnessing the awakening of the silent beast.

To be clear, though, its just smoke. The fire was contained quickly, leaving the sky clear for star trail photography.

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This is my 15th year of visiting Bandelier National Monument. Its not the most amazing park in the country, by far, but its the one I visit each year to gain perspective on my life and relax.

This year, for the first time, we stopped at a trail a little outside of that park and hiked the 1.5 mile loop up on to a mesa. I can’t believe I had never done this before! It was stunning! Below is a video of the view from the top.

What really happened in Hawaii

February 17th, 2013

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I had planned for 6 months before leaving for Hawaii on the 26th of December, 2012. Christmas for the three year previous were littered with disaster, several kinds of disasters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Backpacking the Grand Tetons

August 30th, 2012

I recently returned from a trip that spanned from Wyoming to New Mexico! Two weeks for good food, tasty beer, and unrelenting adventure has left me with more stories than I know what to do with.
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Finally back in Denver

March 20th, 2012

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After over a year, I’m back in Denver visiting my business partner and friends. This city is more beautiful than I remember… I was probably so overwhelmed by my car situation last year that I didn’t take Denver in for what a great town it is.

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Instead of Rock’n and Jam’n, I’ve been going to Movement in Boulder to keep up my training while out of town. So far, I really like it. The ratings are on par with what I’m used to at Brooklyn Boulders, although I am missing the horizonal to the ground options that the Beast at BKB provides.

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Thursday, I’ll pick up a rental car from the airport and head out to Santa Fe where I booked a hotel by the square for my first real vacation (no coding! no coding at all!) in a very very long time. Bandelier National Monument is on the agenda. I intend to hike the Frey Trail either at sundown or sunrise. I’ll spend two nights there and then head over to ABQ to hang out with old friends and chosen family.

Monday, I’ll be flying back to NYC by way of Chicago… right now, I hate to think of leaving. I want to stay here long enough to be sick of it…

Journey Home: NYC to Chapel Hill, NC

January 13th, 2012

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Its Friday the 13th! The drive began with a lot of rain and wind, but the day quickly cleared up into a beautiful morning. My destination for the day is Chapel Hill, NC deep in the heart of tobacco country!

I dawdled around DC attempting to re-kindle my feelings for the place I had spent three months exploring a couple years ago, but I ended up getting turned around and lost. Nothing seemed familiar, for some reason, and when I found myself back out of the highway headed south I decided it wasn’t time for the visit.

I’m staying with my buddy Tim tonight and will see how I feel about sleeping in my car the rest of the trip. Nothing past this point is planned. I just have to be in Fort Worth by Monday night to be working bright and early Tuesday.

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