The Grand Canyon is most known for its oppressive summer heat and scorching sun. the weather in October though can generally be considered divine. Clear, and warm it’s usually the perfect time of year to float the canyon. However, over the past two weeks the remnants of hurricane Rosa and some early winter storms colored the waters a pale brown. The skies filled with mountains of moisture which ruptured most days and poured down from every ledge. It was great to see the canyon with a different mood, and to feel the canyon push back and tear at the edges of my comfort zone. #desertdogworldwide
I call this photo “complicated emotions” Two weekends ago my friends and I rented a houseboat to cruise around Lake Powell. Though I have to admit to having complicated feelings about the place. I spend most of my time working towards a PhD studying the effects of the dam that created this lake on the sandbars downstream. I’ve seen the sediment starved beaches with my eyes and spelled out in numbers on my computer screen. I’ve been told over and over how incredible the now drowned side canyons, archeological sites, and amphitheater’s were before Lake Powell filled them up and made them accessible to hoards on jet skis. I wanted to hate this lake, and in many ways I do. But like anything in life...it’s more complicated. You meet an enemy and find out that they have some redeeming qualities. You find that even in a drowned paradise echoing with the sounds of speed boats and seadoos there are over 90 intimate canyons to escape, to swim and explore and experience the blue green waters lapping against the undulating sandstone walls . While I wish this lake wasn’t here, I will be back to use it while it is. I will use it to swim hundreds of feet above canyon floors that I hope my kids have the fortune to hike on someday when the dam is gone. When life gives you lemons make lemonade, but work to change the world you live in for those who come after so they don’t have to have lemons and drink sugary lemonade and develop type 2 diabetes. .
Took this picture by stepping 5ft off the designated trail and was immediately chewed out by a hiker lady for endangering the vegetation. Seems improbable, but hey maybe she was right. Good times. #desertdogworldwide#torreypines#fuckzane
Just a couple of Caribou trotting across a barren plane of black cinders, in front of an electric blue lake, in the middle of a caldera,
inside of an active volcano, perched between the bearing sea and the Pacific Ocean, in Alaska, in the summer, enjoying some unseasonably nice weather,
like it’s no big deal. That was a long sentence. #desertdogworldwide
New blog post up on my website about our packrafting trip to Aniakchak Nat. Mon. In Alaska. Check it out here: Definitely could not have made this trip happen without the generous support of @kokopellipackraft. Their boats are rad! Also a big thanks to @klkgeo for planning this whole thing. #desertdogworldwide
Hey guys, I finally did it. After talking about this for years I have finally started compiling images of the best places I’ve ever pooped in the outdoors. I call it #2withaview stop by my website (link in profile) to take a peak at some of these 5 star pit toilets. Also feel free to start using that hashtag 😉 #desertdogworldwide
20038:08 PM Jul 20, 2018
It’s good to go places that make you feel small, places where the hills, the snow, the weather just swallow you up. Where you forget about everything but your breath, your footsteps, and the wind. Just another animal moving through the landscape. .
23445:44 AM Jul 19, 2018
“The name Alaska is probably an abbreviation of Unalaska, derived from the original Aleut word agunalaksh, which means "the shores where the sea breaks its back." The war between water and land is never-ending. Waves shatter themselves in spent fury against the rocky bulwarks of the coast; giant tides eat away the sand beaches and alter the entire contour of an island overnight; williwaw winds pour down the side of a volcano like snow sliding off a roof, building to a hundred-mile velocity in a matter of minutes and churning the ocean into a maelstrom where the stoutest vessels founder.” - Cory Ford, from , Where the sea breaks its back. #desertdogworldwide#alaska
Alaska is cool because you pretty much have to fly everywhere and that makes a poor graduate student who spends most of his time reading about sand ...really feel like a rock star #desertdogworldwide#thelandoffewsalads
My bike got a flat tire here a few weeks ago and I periodically come and check if it’s still where I left it. Sure enough, it is. Someday I’ll push it home from its current lonely existence chained to this guard rail. #desertdogworldwide#mg5k#lajolla#sandiego#moodygrams
14361:52 PM Jul 9, 2018
This photo is 3 years old AND it is still ‘Summer of the Vikings’! Then @alynicklas and I set some ridiculous goals like Alaskan arctic circle bike tours and 24 hours of crazy rock climbing competitions. Now, we’re still doing the same, but we shall take on epic challenges with a different backdrop.
We need free-flowing rivers, just like we need star-filled skies, desert springs, evenings where the cottonwood seeds float like snow in the summer sun,and sandstone walls that reach to the sky. We need these things just as sure as we need air to breathe, but often we don’t realize it until after we are back sitting at our desks staring into our computer screens. #publiclands#wildyampa#artalife#desertdogworldwide
I know I’ve posted this picture before but.... it’s Father’s Day and this is the time my dad flew to Arizona and hiked down into the bottom of the Grand Canyon with his bad knee in the middle of winter to sit on my raft as I rowed some of the biggest white water in the country for my first time. He also put up with all of the weirdness my friends and I had going on. #bestdadever#desertdogworldwide