Thursday, April 21, 2016

Editing Blogs, Because I Can

April 21st 2016

I guess it's really been that long since I've posted a blog, lucky you.

I don't know if it's because I'm extremely bored or just don't know what else to do with all of my free time.  I've always wanted to go back and add more details to each post.  I'll add a bunch of pictures too because lets face it, my writing sucks and I can hide that fact with lots sweet pictures.  Recently I discovered that a coworker of mine has been writing a blog and it inspired me to go back and put a little TLC into my story.  He's actually a really big deal in the blogging world with over 8,000 followers!  You can be his 8,001st follower, his blog is here.

So that's what I'm doing, editing my blog from last year in between preparing for a baby and tiling another bathroom.  If you've read any of this you can get a good laugh out of that last statement.


Friday, November 6, 2015

Poppin' Out Videos

My wife says I need to get a job, I think I need to make more videos!!!!!


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Let the Videos Begin

I know, I haven't even uploaded any photos into the posts that are already up. I'll get to it sometime soon. In the meantime please enjoy a totally self involved project "Something Like a Selfie a Day". If anyone out there enjoys my face as much as I do then it should be pretty entertaining.

Is there more to come? YES!

New Mexico
Awesome nature shots
...that's all I got.

So, enjoy the video.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Still Can't Feel My Big Toes

It's almost been a month since I finished and I still can't feel the outside of my big toes.  I'm not sure when I'll get that feeling back either.  All of my other ailments have heeled and I'm back out there running and cycling.  In what little free time I have these days I'm going to bag some of the peaks around Lake Tahoe to try to maintain this awesome level of fitness. I climbed Mt. Rose recently and it was somewhat of a joke, previously it had been somewhat of a challenge.

Lake Tahoe from Mt. Rose

Want to hear something exciting? I finally got my own domain name!!!!


Is all mine, how cool is that. You can also follow PAVETHETRAIL on Instagram.  I will be uploading a couple photos each day from the hike chronologically.

I'm going to make a few changes around here to keep this blog relevant.  I'll be adding quite a few gear reviews since that's really the only thing I can do anymore.  The CDT blog will still be up but it will have its own page in the near future.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

September 27th - Haven't Showered for 3 Days

September 27th - 2015

Phew, what a crazy couple of weeks.  I've done everything on my list of things to do when I returned to civilization and am slowly working my way back to "normal". Well almost everything, the lottery is still giving me a hard time about winning the super mega jackpot.

I made it to Seattle and spent a couple days there getting reeducated on bar tabs.  I spent some time with my sister, good buddy Chas and some of their friends. My sister, Courtney, spent some time as a bartender so we bar hopped like it was going out of style.  During the days I wandered around downtown Seattle like a homeless bloke and even took a Duck tour like a good tourist. By the last day I was ready to get home to Reno. I also brought the end of summer and beginning of the rainy season with me to Seattle.


Katie met me at the airport and drove me back to our house.  Boy is it good to be home but I'm still getting used to sleeping on a bed and taking daily (sometimes more) showers. Unfortunately she had to work the next day so I headed over to Zephyr Cover on Lake Tahoe to say hi to a couple buddies playing in the Nevada State Championships Disc Golf Tournament.  I got there during lunch and it was great, I am extremely grateful to have such a wonderful group of friends. There were hugs and high fives everywhere I turned. I did some caddying and headed home to meet Katie after work.

Since then I've spent a couple days playing disc golf and diligently worked on my honey do project list around the house.  My leg is still a little off so I've gone for a couple road bike rides to try and maintain my trim and sexy body. Guess what, it's working.  Some days I'm hit or miss with the eating normal human amounts but I'm failing miserably with my beer consumption. I've been told multiple times to stop drinking so much beer, my response "but I don't have to carry it, why can't I drink as much as I want". I seem to be losing that battle.

This weekend we did something a little odd and went camping, it was amazing.  There was a car ride to get there, a cooler full of food and drinks and a leaky air mattress to remind me of the trail. I cooked all of the food I couldn't hike out with on the trail and partied like it was 1999. All I can say is that car camping is totally the way to go.  I spent a little time walking around the place checking out the RVs....

Things have been pretty good and I feel blessed to have accomplished something so amazing in my life.  I spent a little time today checking up on my friends still hiking.  Most are finished and there are a couple still out there. The weather looks like it's holding off and I wish all of them the best of luck.  Hopefully over the years I'll have the opportunity to see some of these guys and relive our great adventure.

This will probably be my last blog post for a while.  I'm not sure what else to write about.  Sure, I could tell you what I did here and there but would you really be that interested? It would be epic stories of disc golf adventures and such.  I'm going to make reviews for all of my gear and add photos to all of the blog posts over the next couple of days. If you have made it this far on this post and have any questions about the hike feel free to hit me up.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

September 15 - Crusin On The Train

September 15th 2015

I don't really remember my last post, I think it was the night before I hit the border. I wanted to use a computer to write my last blog but I don't think I'll have one for another couple days. I'm riding the Amtrak from East Glacier to Seattle. A day early but the train was running 4 hours late because it hit a car parked on the tracks, who does that. Right now I'm looking out the window at the western Cascades and already wishing I was out there hiking. I think the the Pacific Northwest Trail is calling my name.

When you set out to do something epic you become immersed in the journey and adventure. As it progresses you realize that you just want it to end so everything can return to "normal". Over the last couple of weeks my fellow thru hikers and I would daydream and share our thoughts about beds and the comforts of civilized life with each other. It's funny that all we could think of was returning to our busy lives and cities as we walked though some of the most beautiful wilderness our country has to offer. It was bittersweet to say the least, it's beyond me how some hikers can stay out here for 6 or 7 months.

Back to my final day on the Continental Divide Trail.

I woke up a little late to cold and cloudy skies, overnight a front moved in and all of the mountains were covered it clouds. During the night I woke up a few times to see the endless stars silhouetted by the mountains on the other side of Waterton Lake.  It was like an upside down sea of clouds with mountains and a beautiful lake peaking out of the bottom. Still sore as hell I limped the 4 miles to the border, it was painful but my spirits were high. I'm not sure what I was feeling but I knew I would make it to that monument. Around 9:05 I spotted the border clear cut line and shortly after my dad standing there with his iPhone out filming, vertically for anyone that cares about things like that. I strolled up and gave him a high five and a hug. Awkwardly he kept filming as I embraced the moment. It was amazing and surreal, kind of like climbing to the top of a tough mountain, I don't think I realized where I was. A nice lady came down and offered us fresh trout and took some photos for us. I made a fool out of myself and took a bunch of well thought out photos. There was even Champagne, cheese and crackers! You know they speak French in Alberta Canada. After the celebrations were complete we hiked to the town of Waterton, Alberta to meet up with Vine. The hike was full of merry talk and epic stories. The rest of the day was spent celebrating and storytelling.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

September 12th - Waterton Lake!!!!!!!!!!

September 12th 2015

Wow, the day has finally come. I'm only 4 miles from the end of one hell of an adventure. Homer was thinking pretty big when he wrote the Odyssey but this is even BIGGER. I took a few moments throughout the day to reflect on the trip and more importantly the end of this trip. I really doubt it will all kick in at the border but when it does I hope I'm ready. I'm a little sad I don't get to share this moment with a bunch of my thru hiking friends I've made over the last couple months. That's okay though, I'm very excited to share the moment with my dad tomorrow morning, that's going to be very special. I have a list of things to do and pictures to take, it's a once in a lifetime situation and I don't want to forget anything.

Today was probably the last 30 mile day I'll ever do. It's a blessing that I'll never have to do another one but it's also kind of depressing knowing I might never be able to do another one. Either way, today wrecked me. The last few miles had me limping something fierce, injuries are totally overrated. Oh well it's over now! If I'm not better in a couple days I'll do the responsible thing and see a doctor.

Like everyday in Glacier National Park, the views and sights were spectacular. I met a few people along the trail and am staying in this odd shelter thing. It's a cube with 4 sleeping areas facing 4 directions and cement floors. Odd, but at least I don't have to set up my tent. There are a couple groups of friends here hiking together on their annual hiking trips. One group is from Orlando and that's pretty sweet, we talked about my home town for a little while and they congratulated me on the conclusion of my hike

Woot woot, 4 more miles! (plus 4 to Waterton Lakes but who is counting)