This is my 200th post! That’s why it’s taken me so long to get this done. Well, that’s what I keep telling myself at least. It did take a while to decide but then I just got lazy. This is going to be a bit of a catch up thing before I get back into it.
I’ll just start with January and work my way up to now. Sit tight and grab some coffee! The first couple of weeks in January were spent at home in Wisconsin, then I was off to Taiwan! It was my first time in Asia, and it was not my favorite, but it started to grow on me once I was in Taipei. I was supposed to be in Taiwan for five weeks, but was having a hard time, so I decided to go somewhere else before the Philippines. I ended up in Taiwan for a month, two weeks around the island, two in Taipei. I’ll save the city count and all that good stuff for the end of the year.
Japan was next clocking in at nine days. This was a last minute addition, but I loved it! I think about going back quite a bit, but not yet. I spent six days in Tokyo and three in Kyoto. I really loved Kyoto, probably more than Tokyo. I think Tokyo was just too intimidating and I went in fairly unprepared. Kyoto seemed a lot more relaxed. There was just something about it I really liked.
I ended my time in Asia with a month soaking up the sun and endless mango juice on the beaches of the Philippines. I liked it, but didn’t at the same time. The beaches are fantastic, but getting around is a little stressful. I spent two weeks in the Cebu area with plans to spend the last two in North Luzon, but ended up on Palawan instead with two days in Manila on my way home.
This was followed up with about three weeks at home in Wisconsin again before leaving on a little road trip out to Utah where I’m working now! I left in the middle of April, picked up my friend Danny in South Dakota and we were off! We spent a day in South Dakota, visiting the Badlands and Mount Rushmore.
Next up was Colorado for a day to visit one of our other friends. We spent some time in Estes and Rocky Mountain National Park before a stop in Denver and spending the night in Greeley.
Utah was next, but not last. We spent a day in the Moab area revisiting Arches National Park and going into Canyonlands National Park the night we got there. We went to Arches last year and really enjoyed it, but this year we went to see different things there. Canyonlands was all new and where the rock tossing began. It’s my favorite thing to do in unpopulated canyons.
Utah was followed up by a day in Arizona where we finally visited Lower Antelope Canyon near Page. This was super cool and there’s definitely more on that to come. Our time in Arizona was short, but it gave me a preview of Lake Powell, at least the south end of it. This is where I would be working, but on the north end.
We made our way back into Utah to revisit Zion National Park to conquer Angels Landing. Spoiler alert: we didn’t. A few days before I developed a horribly gross cough and my lungs felt like they may just melt right out of my body, so we turned around on the switchbacks. I will go back though, and I will do the whole thing.
After Zion, Danny left and I was on my own. I spent a few days in Salt Lake, but I can’t even say I explored it because I just drank coffee and hung out. I’m still working on getting to see more of it. This was the last place I went before I made the drive and move down to Bullfrog, where I’ve been based since April.
I came out here to work and explore the southwest, which I’ve done a pretty good job doing. I’ve been to Capitol Reef a few times. I’ve spent countless days out on Burr Trail. I’ve seen more shooting stars than I ever have before. I’ve gone back to Salt Lake. I spent a couple days back in Bryce Canyon and got to see Escalante. I’ve gone in more slot canyons than I ever knew about. I’ve seen a bobcat, multiple rattlesnakes, and adorable kit foxes. I spent a weekend in the Tetons and Yellowstone. And I’ve met some pretty cool people. It’s safe to say I love it out here.
I’m not sure what’s in store for me next, but I do know that whatever it is is going to be wonderful and I look forward to it very much, wherever I may end up.
What was your favorite thing to read about? What do you look forward to? What would you like to see more of?