Posts By: Jake G

  • Canyons & Deserts, Hiking & Backpacking, National Parks

    A Lively Experience in Death Valley

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    With a start date to my new job still a week and a half away, I decided to take advantage of my free time and head out on another little adventure. All alone, I packed up the Dew Mobile and drove 6 1/2 hours to Death Valley National Park, in California. It was a wonderful drive, US 93 in Arizona takes you through valleys full of soap tree yuccas and its more famous relative- the Joshua Tree.

  • Canyons & Deserts, Hiking & Backpacking

    Backpacking In January??? You Betcha!

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    While I waited to start my job with Aramark, I decided what better time to do a little journey into the local wilderness. The Wilderness area is huge, 160,000 acres, and trails criss-cross the mountain range.

  • Road Trips

    The Move Out West: AZ or Bust

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    I find moving to always be a weird mix of emotions. This is definitely amplified when you are moving 2,000 miles away. This is what my best friend, TUBS, and I just underwent. Accompanied by my dad, we took five days to make the journey from Wisconsin to our new home in the Southwest.

  • Random

    A Reflection of the Conservation Corps

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    Notoriously unlucky, Friday the 13th is coming up. On this day, my 10 month term with the Conservation Corps of Iowa will also come to an end. While my future career-wise is currently up in the air, I have nothing but good vibes, despite the odd coincidence. Overall, the Conservation Corps has been a great… Read more »

  • Sports

    26.2 in Des Moines

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    The marathon is more than just a run. It is a challenge: a test of endurance, physically, but far more important and vital, mentally. It is 26.2 grueling miles of pavement between the start and the finish, and as one person’s sign so aptly read, “The person who starts the race is not the same who… Read more »

  • Cities

    Hollerin’ & Swallerin’ in Music City

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    After a long week of backbreaking work putting in a motocross trail out in Fort Dodge, IA, I was in much need of a week long break. It just so happened that this same week my parents were on vacation in Nashville, so we decided it would be fun to have another family vacation together.

  • Canyons & Deserts, Hiking & Backpacking

    A Visit to the Valley of the Sun

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    I headed to Phoenix, Arizona this past week under the pretext that I would watch my Uncle Steve’s house for the week while he was in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Of course, it was more just of a vacation of my own! After a connecting plane to Minneapolis, I jetted down to Sky Harbor International and by 11:30 was greeted by my dad at Steve’s house! He was staying for the first few days as well.

  • Hiking & Backpacking, National Parks, Peaks & Mountains, Road Trips

    Mountain Mania: Two Weeks in the Rockies

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    Another summer, another vacation with my good buddy TUBS. I built up some major comp time due to all the traveling I’ve been doing with work lately, and my reward was two full weeks off. What better way to spend it than drive out to Colorado and do some backpacking up in the mountains!