Mavericks, Highway 1, California

If you grew up in a surfing household, you’ve probably heard about Mavericks your whole life. If you didn’t, and it’s familiar, it’s probably that you’ve got a giant crush on Gerard Butler and watched the movie Chasing Mavericks a few too many times. I grew up in a surfing household. Yep.

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Golden Gate Bridge, Highway 1, California

We’re camped in the parking lot at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It’s a very busy viewing spot for the bridge but strangely they allow overnight parking. I couldn’t pass up this opportunity! The view is all-time, Golden Gate Bridge to the right and the downtown skyline and Alcatraz to the left. Wow!

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The Long Drive- Desert to Beach, Utah to California

Well, we’ve wrapped up the first two chapters of this fantastic journey, the mountains and the desert; now, on to the final chapter, the beach! Why can’t I get a magic beam to pick the RV up with all of us in it and plop us down in northern California? I don’t want to do the drive, whaaaa!

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The Little Grand Canyon, San Rafael Swell, Utah

We’ve had some really incredible campsites on this trip, but this one definitely takes the cake! I’m camped about 10 feet from the rim at the Little Grand Canyon at the Wedge Overlook in the San Rafael Swell. For those of you not on the imperial system I’ll put it another way, I can see the river at the bottom of the canyon while I wash the dishes!

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Monument Valley, Arizona/Utah

Cue Western Whistle, you know that theme music from every spaghetti western you’ve ever seen where there’s tumbleweed blowing down the main street and there’s two outlaws drawing their guns at each other while some weathered drunks and a scrawny dog watch on from the saloon doors? I felt like we were characters in a movie set the 3 days I spent in this strange and beautiful landscape.

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Collegiate Peaks Wilderness (Twin Lakes, CO to Monarch Pass, CO)

Collegiate Peaks Wilderness impresses. Rugged mountains, high passes, alpine lakes, vibrant wildflowers… and NO thunderstorms! Definitely one of the most scenic stretches of trail I’ve hiked.

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Tennessee Pass, CO to Twin Lakes, CO

Another CDT section down. A spectacular detour up Mt Elbert. Atlas celebrates his 2nd birthday on Colorado’s highest peak. A BIG realization. A surprise rest day in Twin Lakes.

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Rawlins, WY to Steamboat, CO

A washed out bridge, an abandoned trail, an awful lightning storm. Are Atlas and I in the Hunger Games? Made it to the WY/CO state-line! 4 states down, just Colorado to finish off! Finally, a cinnamon roll! Continue reading Rawlins, WY to Steamboat, CO

Great Divide Basin (Atlantic City, WY to Rawlins, WY)

100 miles in 5 days. Crossing an endorheic basin. Expansive prairie views. Wild horses and wild flowers. Atlas and I had an incredible time crossing the Great Divide Basin.

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South Wind River Range (Big Sandy, WY to Atlantic City, WY)

3 days and 48 miles. Cruisy walking. Atlas meets cows. Atlas doesn’t meet cayotes. Walking the cusp of the Wind River Range and Great Basin Divide. Bill Hoge gets best trail magic award. A glimpse at my next stretch of trail…

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Wind River Range (Green River Lakes, WY to Big Sandy Lodge, WY)

Back on the CDT! Atlas’ first long-distance hiking adventure. 90 miles of incredible beauty. Massive vistas of granite peaks, seas of wildflowers and pristine lakes. Dramatic sunrises, sunsets and thunderstorms. Crossing Knapsack Col and Texas Pass were highlights. The Wind River Range is unlike any place I’ve been, put it on your bucket list!

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West and Amethyst Basins, Uinta Wilderness

Atlas’ first multi-day backpacking adventure! 22 miles in 3 days. Camping at Kermsuh and Amethyst Lakes. How do you cross a swift moving stream with a dog? The always breathtaking High Uinta Wilderness didn’t disappoint.

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