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Author: Josh

Former work-addicted business exec turned full-time vagabond, volunteer, blogger and adventure seeker. Red head. Dork. Adrenaline junkie.
Meisha chillin' at our water station waiting on the first runners to arrive
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Midnight Water Crew to the Rescue! Volunteering for the Ragnar Wasatch Back Relay

One of the things we'd set out to do when we began this whole traveling adventure was to volunteer as much as possible. That being said, we haven't spent near as much time volunteering as intended :( Luckily, injuries and circumstance provided us one such opportunity to spend a little time giving back. At the end of last summer, I had the pleasure of running the Hood to Coast Relay in Oregon with some old and new friends. This same relay group decided that they were just crazy enough to do another 200 mile relay: The Ragnar Wasatch Back. Because my knee is still recovering from an ACL and meniscus tear from the ski season, I was unable to run the relay BUT… when asked to be honorary members and serve as volunteers for the team, Meisha and I jumped at the chance!   Read more

Watching Albuquerque's glow over silhouetted mountains as we drive north to Chaco
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Confronting Fate in Albuquerque

I'll never forget seeing "actual" mountains for the first time in almost a year when approaching the Sandia Mountains on our way into Albuquerque.  As we've traversed this gigantic country and met all kinds of people, it's become apparent that there are different types of people (well of course, but I'll explain...).  There are river people, and beach people, and desert people, and city people, and mountain people.  Upon viewing the massive cliff lines, jagged rocks, and tall peaks, I was reminded once more that we are most definitely mountain people.    Read more

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The Road Home Part 5: How to Defile a Cadillac

We rolled into Amarillo in the early evening.  We weren't sure what to expect and frankly, we didn't find much :(  We started by heading straight downtown to see what there was to see and weren't able to muster up anything to do outside of visiting one of the local watering holes for a drink.  Feeling disappointed by downtown Amarillo, we decided to drive around and explore a bit more.   Read more

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The Road Home Part 4: How to Get Lost on Route 66

When we left North Carolina to head back to Utah, we never set out to end up on Route 66 specifically.  In fact, we weren't exactly sure which way we were taking back to Utah, only that it had to be somewhat direct based on our budget situation.  Once we arrived in Oklahoma City, we realized that hopping on the Route was an option and decided it would be a welcome change from the straight-shot freeway route we'd taken up to that point.   Read more