2009

National Park Road Trip 2009 - In The Beginning

As I briefly mentioned in a prior post, I went on a month long road trip this summer to not only get off the grid for a while, but to see some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Western United States, and for that matter, the world.

I had been "training" basically all year for this trip as I hiked Camelback mountain multiple times per week in an effort to stay in shape.

And, to be sure I get it out of the way, here is my disclaimer for everything I will discuss in this post and the posts about my road trip this summer.

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REPLICATE THE HIKING REGIMEN/SCHEDULE/DISTANCES MY PARTNER AND I COVERED IN THE AMOUNT OF TIME OR WEATHER THAT WE DID.

ANY DECISIONS YOU MAKE IN REGARDS TO THE HIKES I MENTION I TAKE ABSOLUTELY NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR.

AGAIN, I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR SAFETY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE TO FOLLOW ANY OR ALL OF THE HIKES I MENTION. 

SOME OF THESE HIKES ARE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS AND CAN BE FATAL, AND HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST.

AGAIN, LEARN FROM WHAT MY POSTS DETAIL, BUT UNDERSTAND THAT THERE IS AN ELEMENT OF RISK INVOLVED, AND I TAKE NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR SAFETY. 

ATTEMPT AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Good, now that the standard disclaimer is out of the way, we can move on to the good stuff. Included some advice on how to stay safe, what equipment to bring, etc.

I will be breaking my road trip posts up in to a series, writing one park per post, in order to keep it organized and the posts to a reasonable length. I will also do a post on the "numbers" of the trip, recommended gear, recommended food options, and other information I have found useful.

In addition, I will be intermixing some of my photography with the posts, but if you want to see all of the photos in one spot and right away take a look here.

So, sit back relax, and take a look. I had an unbelievable time on this trip, and I hope the information I provide here will help others do the same.

 

Outside Lands 2009

This past weekend I went to Outside Lands 2009 and had an awesome time. 

I volunteered with Global Inheritance again, helping them out with setting up their booth and running the Recycling Store that they had going. Basically, collecting bottles in exchange for cool festival merchandise as a kind of clean up the park for stuff thing. For example, you could trade in 75 plastic bottles for an Outside Lands T-Shirt. Pretty good idea. Some people took it really seriously and brought in bags of bottles. All the volunteers had a great time.

In terms of bands that I saw, there were quite a few that I got to see. While the lineup was not as good as Coachella, it was pretty dam good. While I only took pictures for Dave Matthews Band and Incubus, I also saw Blind Pilot, Dengue Fever, Jason Mraz, Pearl Jam, Black Eyed Peas, Cage the Elephant, Thievery Corporation, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue, M.I.A, The Dead Weather, and Atmosphere. My favorites by far were DMB, CtE,TC, TS & OA, and Atmosphere. I have embedded a slideshow of the photos below, but feel free to check them out in bigger sizes on my photo site here.

I also recorded a couple of videos including Anna Molly by Incubus and The Heart's a Lonely Hunter by Thievery Corporation. They are embedded below. Be sure to click HD as both are in high-def.