As I was going through my usual process of backing up my photos to external drives, I noticed I had several old albums that I never threw up on my site. Going through them, yes they are not my best work by any means, but they brought back a lot of great memories. Looking back, I've definitely been fortunate enough to get some good travel and experiences in. Click the links below to view the galleries, or scroll through the slideshows.
The most epic ski trips of my life. A week of skiing with Canadian Mountain Holidays. Instead of a lifts taking you up to first tracks on trails, the helicopter would drop you off at the top of a new mountain each run, and pick you up at the bottom. I was definitely not in shape for a week of non stop powder skiing. And I'm talking 4-6 feet of powder, minimum. Imagine falling and trying to get back up without being able to use your hands. The powder was so deep, if you tried to help push yourself up off the ground, your arms would just push right through the powder. Had to lift yourself up using your ankles.
Friends of ours from college got jobs with the state department down in Venezuela, so we decided to visit them for a week. I think this is the trip where I realized I loved traveling to new places. We were also new to traveling, and we ended up missing our flight from Houston to Caracas because we didn't realize they had changed the gate on us. Bunch of rookies.
One year artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude decided to decorate Central Park with large orange gates. At the time, I had no interest in going to see it but my mom really wanted to go, and I figured it'd be a good opportunity to play around with my camera. Glad I went.
The gallery caption sums up this trip perfectly. It rained the whole time I was there, so the pictures were not that great. However this was the first time I had really traveled alone to a country I knew nothing about, didn't speak the language, and didn't really plan out. I was going to Valencia, Spain for work, and decided what the hell, might as well go a few days early and explore. This was a big step for me, as I am socially retarded. I was happy I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. I wish I had gotten more pictures of the food there. It was amazing.
What do you do when you graduate college, get a job, and have some money in your pocket? You go out and blow it all on a sportbike. Best decision I ever made. My college friend and I decided we needed a destination. He had a friend at Cornell med school. That looked like a destination we could get to using back roads in Pennsylvania, so that's where we decided to go. No Google maps, no smart phones, and obviously riding 8 hours on a sportbiike through torrential rain and winds, no brains. Just a paper map, guesswork, and a lot of gas stops. It was the best road trip I've ever done, and I hope to do one again.