travel

“What's in store for me in the direction I don't take?” ― Jack Kerouac by Jason Leach

It has been so nice to get off the road for over a week. While I have enjoyed travelling it is also nice to stay and explore one place for a while. What can I say, Boise ID and the surrounding area of Idaho are incredible and beautiful. I am thankful to be moving even closer to my brother and friends in Boise. 

If you do nothing else in Idaho, go see the Sawtooth Mountains! They are stark in contrast and incredible to look at and hike in, I certainly will be back. Anyways as I am finishing this post I am packing for Seattle for a few days, then back through Boise (hopefully to get my car fixed) and then on to Colorado! Lot's to plan between now and then (how to get my stuff from NH), setting up a budget, and more but everyday it seems I meet more and more people from SUNY Plattsburgh (my alma mater) who live in the area which is exciting!

Jon and Sarah you have no idea how excited I am that I discovered you were out there!

See you all!

Jason

6/30 Photo: Travelling around Boise ID for the week, took a trip up to Lucky Peak Lake to check out the mountains and where everyone goes boating. The scenery here is amazing!

7/1 Photo: After a late start, my brother and I headed up to the Sawtooth Mountain range in Stanley ID (about a 3hr drive from Boise). WOW, one heck of a view! This was at about 10pm, after driving around until 12:30am, we finally crashed in his car in the trailhead parking lot. 4th of July weekend is NOT the weekend to roll the dice with campsite availability.

7/2 Photo: After a rough nights sleep we woke to head into Stanley for some breakfast and to top off on water. We then headed to Sawtooth Lake and Alpine Lake along the way (above). We strongly contemplated climbing Alpine Peak (a class 3 scramble seen in the background of this photo) but opted not to due to snowmelt and lack of crampons.

7/3 Photo: After deciding we did not want to sit around for 12 hours at Sawtooth Lake, we hiked out and headed the 3hr drive to McCall for the weekend. This was a Sheep Bridge used to transport flocks across the North Fork of the Payette. Did some fishing and was skunked badly until I got a fly recommendation and then it was a frenzy!

7/4 Photo: A great sunset to wrap up a great weekend. Who said the west doesn't get good sunsets?! That is the aforementioned Sheep Bridge from afar. 

"Obstacles, of course, are developmentally necessary: they teach kids strategy, patience, critical thinking, resilience and resourcefulness." ~Naomi Wolf by Jason Leach

For spending tons of time on the road is has been nice to get off the road for a a few days. I am here in Boise staying with my brother which has been a welcome reprieve! It was not without issue though as my car decided it needs a new control valve (luckily I have been paying for the extended warranty for the past 5 year which covers the $2K cost of the repair), unfortunately I have to wait since the part is backordered! 

On the flip side I was recently offered and accepted a job with the University of Colorado Denver and will be starting July 18th which is exciting! I also completed the work for my second to last course in the MBA program this morning and get a much needed break until my final course in October (phew, but in reality I do not know what to do with myself now lol). 

I am super excited to be moving to Colorado, particularly because it means that my partner and I are finally living together (and both employed)! I cannot wait to show the pictures from the places we visit there!

My brother and I are off to check out some of the Sawtooth Wilderness and Sawtooth Mountains for the weekend and then I head to Portland, OR on the 5th. Apologies that some of the photos are from different dates, I had a lot going on over the past week (job offer, final for class due, car issues) that taking photos took a back seat for two days. BUT I am back on track!

Cheers,

Jason

6/27: So I goofed and missed a day travelling to Boise and having car issues, so this is from Canyonlands National Park on a boulder about 2,000 ft above the ground floor. They call this place Grandview- I can understand why.

6/28: Okay so apparently I missed two days...oops. This is a shot from a small state park in New Mexico. They have a campground inside a canyon here.

6/29: Boise Whitewater River Park, super cool feature right in downtown! This boater is throwing what is known as a "loop," essentially a forward flip while in a boat, he is mid loop.

"To Travel is to take a Journey into Yourself" - Danny Kanye by Jason Leach

Welp, that time flew by! Sorry for the lack of posting photos, it has been a whirlwind of travel and then finding WiFi spots (strong ones anyways) is a challenge. That being said a quick update and then on to the photos!

So I left Maryland and headed to Johnson City TN, I highly recommend you check this place out! AND if you do get a nitro brewed coffee in town, amazing! Did some hiking in the area, spent time with old friends, checked out Asheville NC (cool town!) and then hit the road again. I took a straight shot over 1,000 miles on I-40. Let's just say my car and I are a lot closer now. Stopped in Oklahoma City, then through Texas, and into New Mexico. I stopped at El Malpais Chalderon National Monument (they had caves and a volcano to check out, no longer active), as well as El Morro National Monument. Cool spots in the middle of lot's of open space. 

From there I headed to Arizona and on to The Grand Canyon. Truthfully, you wont find a photo in here from that because it is really difficult to capture the sheer size and beauty of the place in a picture (that is my challenge to you all to go see it yourself!). From there I headed to Glen Canyon Dam, then to Zion National Park (AMAZING, see photo below). From Zion I went to Bryce Canyon National Park and the last night on to Moab where I am currently sitting outside a Gelato and local coffee roasters shop (they have good WiFi!). I checked out Canyonlands National Park this morning and am looking to do some night shots at Arches tonight. Then it is off to Boise ID for about a week or so with my brother! Talk soon!

 

6/19 Photo: On top of Max Patch with a dear friend! Tennessee is known for its tall mountains called "balds." They are basically devoid of trees but open grassland at 6,000 feet. They only occur in certain places (TN being the main one).

6/20 Photo: This was the drive to the top of Tennessee's tallest mountain, Clingman's Dome in Smokies National Park. It is a 13 mile drive with a 0.5 mile walk, it was clouded in at the summit but there is a cool ramp structure you can climb to get above the tress. 

6/21 Photo: MAD DRIVING DONE OVER THE PAST DAY!!! I drove through TN, OK, and into TX where I took this night shot. PS that is my car that I am rocking across this great land. I plan to do a post of the sweet car camping setup I have been rocking (truthfully it is a bunch of duffles stacked, but I can sleep fully spread out in the backseat through to the trunk, making for easy naps!).

6/22 Photo: BOOM New Mexico! Petrified Forest National Park is really cool! I was not expecting it to be so big (25 miles of road to drive with offshoots). The petrified wood is really colorful but I thought this composition looked better in black and white (I have a thing for BW photo's).

6/23 Photo: Looking out over the Grand Canyon

6/24 Photo: The Narrows at Zion. NEVER have I been to such a cool place with such an different (aka: awesome) experience! For 16 miles (I barely did 3) you can walk the river down a sweet slot canyon (check the flash flood warnings at the visitor center first). This experience solidified for me Zion being my favorite park so far!