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Memorial Day camping 2020 - Utah & Colorado USA

Ashley National Forest and Dinosaur National Monument time

sunny 50 °F
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overview / intro

For the long Memorial weekend, we decided to get some dispersed camping in. That's where you find federal lands that you can drive over off-road paths to get to primitive camp sites that are far away from others and real close to the natural wilderness.

We headed towards the Utah and Colorado border to get away from big cities and people too. The first couple nights we stayed within the Ashley National Forest. It's in north east Utah with lots to see and do. There were dinosaur tracks, arch hikes, man made reservoir, gorge, recreation area, forest, mountains, and some great views. Also, there was time to roast some marshmallows.

Then we headed to the Colorado side of things. We went through the Dinosaur National Monument for some hiking and camping. On our way back to Denver, we swung by and drove through the Colorado National Monument too.

Recommend:

  • Harpers Corner in Dinosaur National Park
  • Drive through Colorado National Monument & stop at all the view points
  • Drive through Douglas Pass on highway 139
  • Red Canyon visitor center - hike and view over Green River
  • Moonshine Arch hike
  • Red Fleet State Park

Trip Map

Pictures

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USA Colorado album
USA Utah album

Moonshine Arch (Utah)
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Red Canyon & Green River (Utah)
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State Park (Utah)
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dispersed camping site - scenic, quiet, and so peaceful (Colorado)
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Dinosaur National Monument (Colorado)
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Independence Canyon (Colorado)
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Red Canyon (Colorado)
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Links

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Posted by MurkTravels 10:01 Archived in USA Tagged me mountains nature hiking colorado utah usa camping roadtrip nationalparks 2020 murktravels Comments (0)

2019

a year in review

all seasons in one day 77 °F
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Looking Back

2019: It's been another fun year, what else can I say. I continue to travel the world and experience awesome unique cultures. I also travel a bit around the US for work, family, camping, or other adventures. I continue to push myself with physical and mental challenges, as well as trying new potential hobbies and building up my skills.

This year was marked by a lot of newness. I have a new lady in my life, the lovely Sharon and her 9 year old Lucien (and Felix the cat). I got to witness a cousin get married and bring in a new family member. I met my brand new niece Cara, a newborn life from Renee and Matt Klein. I took dancing lessons, handgun safety classes, passed work certification tests, and had a first sailing based vacation. There was new tattoo work, new camping and hiking adventures, new add-ons to the 4Runner, a new home, a new pet, and new entertainment. I completed my first ski trip and successfully went down a mountain (a short green run, but didn't fall on one of the attempts, so I'll consider that a victory). Also met new co-workers, friends, and neighbors. Played some new board games, card games, and Xbox games.

I look forward to more of the same in 2020. Already have a trip planned to Israel. Hoping for others to either France, Morocco, Philippines, and around the US. I hope to continue to enjoy work, family, and life in general.

Activities

Things that happened in 2019:

Big Travels

Quick Trips

Challenges

Events & other activities

  • Breckenridge retreat weekend
  • Chicago Open festival : concert of Tool, System of a Down, Prodigy, Meshuggah, Gojira, and 9 other hard rock / heavy metal bands
  • Denver concerts: Gojira, the Roots, Slipknot
  • Denver RAW artists - support Gabby
  • Denver Travel and Adventure show
  • Elitch Gardens amusement parks
  • Jury duty
  • Movie on the Rocks (Red Rocks)
  • new family: Cara and Chelsie
  • volleyball leagues
  • Ski trip to Eldora
  • Universal Studios Hollywood amusement park
  • Water World water parks
  • work certification : Agile Product Owner

Pictures

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Links

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Posted by MurkTravels 15:28 Archived in USA Tagged hiking japan sailing sweden concert run usa rockies camping norway denmark nationalparks 14er murktravels 2019 in_review Comments (0)

Lofoten 2019 - Norway

Norway, above the arctic circle

storm 45 °F
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link to the related Norway post from my time in Oslo

overview

My first sailing journey.

I headed from Oslo to Svolvaer in northern Norway, above the arctic circle. This is in the Lofoten region consisting of a pensinula and lots of islands sticking into the north Atlantic. It has a long history of islands, sailing, fishing, incredible natural environment, and fjords. Myself and a small group spent a week on board a sailing catamaran.

We checked out several fjords; which of course are long, narrow, deep inlets of the sea between high cliffs typically formed by submergence of a glaciated valley. The first and most impressive was Trollfjord. The last and equally beautiful was Ulvagfjord. The entire landscape of the region is unique with the dramatic rising of steep cliff walls onto rocky and jagged peaks. All of this is wrapped in a vibrant green coating of trees and moss and shrubs. On the few areas that are a bit flat are the coastal towns, the occasional sheep farm, or even a few beach sites. But since the locals thrive on the fishing industry, you'll see lots of harbors, ships, fish drying racks, and water based businesses.

One of the nights, we spent glamping in teepees. Even woke up at 2 in the morning to catch glimpses of the northern lights. There we also got treated to an amazing meal from a local chef - cod and mackerel caught that day, some herbed potato mash, and the worlds best cake for dessert (it's actually named that; search it and be amazed).

Another couple of days were filled at the town of Henningsvaer. It's an artsy and hipster town, that got a bit of viral Instagram fame for it's soccer pitch on a rocky island. There's also several art shops, local craft and clothing stores, and a brick oven and sauna pub to spend time at. There's even about 25 posters around town that provide information on the history; most in Norwegian but they also have a code to scan to get translations.

Near the very end of the chain of islands is the town of Reine. It has a few places to check out in town, but the real draw is the hiking and views around the town. Despite some strong winds and rain, we trekked up to the top of Reinebringen to be amazed at the sight of islands, seascapes, towns, and mountains. The entire drive on Lofoton is covered by the E10 highway. If you take it, you can find some hidden lakes, fields, additional hiking, and some surf spots.

Recommend:

  • glamping on Skrova island
  • Reinebringen hike and views
  • Henningsvaer sights
  • Trollfjord and Ulvagfjord
  • fresh caught fish

Trip Map

related:
Copenhagen Denmark
Malmo Sweden
Stockholm Sweden
Oslo Norway

Relive Video

A hike around the fjord

Pictures

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or for this Lofoten trip: Norway album
some of my favorites:

The dramatic landscape from the water - sailing to Trollfjord
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The dramatic landscape from the land - hiking around Trollfjord
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Ulvagfjord
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rainbow during a sail and a hot tub with a view once we got to a destination camp on an island
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Our glamping site with multiple beach options
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The famous Henningsvaer soccer pitch and a sunset with some pizza
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A lonely but picturesque church in the countryside and some local beach graffiti art
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The stair hike up Reinebringen
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The view of Reine and surrounding towns and islands from near the top of Reinebringen
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Links

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Posted by MurkTravels 14:53 Archived in Norway Tagged waterfalls lakes boats travel sailing camping europe boating norway challenge 2019 Comments (0)

the Great Sand Dunes National Park 2019 - Colorado USA

highest sand peaks in all of North America

sunny 100 °F

sand everywhere

We went down to southern Colorado to check out a strange natural phenomenon. First, there's just this great big pile (30 square miles) of sand sitting in the middle of a circle of mountain ranges. But in May, June, and July, the melting snow runoff creates a temporary river right beside the sand. And there's some 4WD only off-road paths to take, which made the 4Runner happy.

But be warned, the water also brings out the bugs for those months too. and the sand gets HOT during mid day, so the best dune hiking is early morning or late afternoon. We also were lucky to even get a camping spot at the national parks campground. I checked 6 months before our trip and they were all sold out except for a few spots. We even had to move between sites the two nights we were there (luckily they were close).

And it was HOT during our stay (got to 100 degrees), so make sure to have shade and plenty of water. Good time to take a nap in the middle of the day in the tents and then drive around a bit in the vehicle with the A/C blasting.

Recommend:

  • bring water to hike up the first peaks of the dunes (will take about 2 hours)
  • reserve your campsite as early as possible ... or check out campgrounds that are outside the park
  • bring bug spray and sunblock
  • enjoy the river during the spring/summer months
  • if going off-road, make sure you have a high clearance 4 wheel drive (not AWD) vehicle and a way to deflate and inflate your tires
  • cardboard and regular sleds don't work to slide down the sand, but there's a place that rents boards just south of the park entrance

Pictures

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Links

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Posted by MurkTravels 12:26 Archived in USA Tagged mountains hiking colorado usa camping nationalparks murktravels 2019 Comments (0)

National Parks (& aliens) 2018 - New Mexico USA

- the trip that partially was -

snow 20 °F
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overview / intro

To end 2018 and start 2019, I planned a road trip throughout the state of New Mexico. I had plans to stop by Sante Fe (for the Meow Wolf exhibit) and Roswell (for the alien museum), but the main focus was to be on camping in the back of my truck and seeing state and national parks: Carlsbad Caverns, White Sands, Gila, Bandelier, Carson, Taos.

However, since the federal government were acting like children and decided to shut down, all the parks were closed. I realized after I had started. So I got a few days and nights on the road, but cut the trip short, right after celebrating New Years.

Recommend:

  • Meow Wolf, Sante Fe - more coming to Las Vegas and Denver soon !
  • International UFO museum, Roswell

Pictures

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UFO Museum - included a lot of historical and scientific information in additional to alien stuff
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Meow Wolf - probably only make sense if you've been there and witnessed the craziness

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Links

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Posted by MurkTravels 10:08 Archived in USA Tagged art nature hiking usa aliens camping cold roadtrip newmexico nationalparks 2019 Comments (0)

Ragnars and Grand Traverse 2018 - Colorado and Carolinas USA

distance running races and training

sunny 90 °F
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Races

Some of the individual and team based ultra runs I did over the summer:

Chase the Sun training run - June:

  • on summer solstice, tried to run the entire day from sunrise to sunset
  • group of 5
  • ~ 7 mile looped course near Boulder, CO
  • made about 27 miles and 6 hours

Colorado Ragnar trail - June:

  • around Snowmass, Colorado
  • team of 4, each running 6 times
  • course of 116 miles, mostly off-road dirt trails that looped around one main site
  • I completed about 28 miles
  • team ran for 24 hours
  • camped overnight
  • high of 95, low of 35

Colorado Ragnar road - August:

  • from Copper Mountain to Aspen, Colorado
  • team of 10, each running from 3 to 6 times
  • course of 190 miles, mostly paved roads or sidewalks
  • I completed about 27 miles
  • team ran for 30 hours
  • rode in vans between runs
  • I had the flu the entire weekend

South Carolina Ragnar trail - October:

  • around Fort Mill (near Charlotte NC)
  • team of 6, each running 3 to 5 times
  • course of 132 miles, mostly off-road dirt trails through the woods
  • I completed around 28 miles
  • team ran for about 28 hours
  • camped overnight
  • high humidity and "low" of about 75 overnight

the North Face Grand Traverse - September:

  • the one long solo race I did.
  • Part of a 3 part series (run, mountain bike, cross country ski) throughout the year on the same course
  • from Crested Butte to Aspen, Colorado
  • distance of 41 miles
  • 7,000 feet of elevation gain and descent
  • almost 10 hours of moving time
  • video : https://www.relive.cc/view/1812896250

the Discrete Cirque Series - August:

Pictures

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all day training run
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completing Ragnar road Colorado
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completing Ragnar trail Carolinas
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Grand Traverse
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Links

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MurkTravels Instagram - my attempted at artistic travel images
MurkTravels Travel Map - all the places that I've been and the things that I've seen

Posted by MurkTravels 17:33 Archived in USA Tagged nature colorado mountain run race camping challenge southcarolina nationalparks 2018 northcarolina Comments (0)

Lake McConaughy camping 2017 - Nebraska USA

the highlight of western Nebraska

sunny 88 °F

Camping Trip

We took a long weekend trip over the border into Nebraska to relax on the shores of Lake McConaughy (as far as I know, it's not owned by Matthew McConaughey). Some (fun) facts about the place:

  • Nebraska's largest lake
  • The lake is over 20 miles long
  • The state record for walleye (16 lbs 2 oz) was caught there
  • ... and you can camp right on the beach

Here's what we did:

Pictures

Our home for the weekend:
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Our camping neighborhood:
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View from the water with some SUP action:
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Relaxing on the water:
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Got in a beach workout (shoutout to our friends at Monkii Bars)
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Links

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Posted by MurkTravels 11:33 Archived in USA Tagged lake sunsets camping boating nebraska Comments (0)

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