So…. I am going to catch us the rest of the way up… I swear! 
So… lets see… I drove to SoCal from Park City in one day…
Finally made around 11:30pm pacific. That’s a long drive 80 mph speed limit included. 
Trevor met me at the car with a big hug! 
We spent a little while chatting with his hilarious boss lady and a glass of wine.
Then we went back to his house where I met his parents and had another chat… and another glass of wine. 
Wine-ding down was nice.
We hung out a little while before going to bed and sleeping til noon… mountain time. 
A top down in the sunshine convertible tour of Trevor’s hometown,
 followed by a delicious breakfast with Trevor’s parents at a cool little cafe made for a relaxing morning. 
Then we repacked the car and got on the road… next stop, Vegas!
So here’s our cast and crew for the remainder of the road trip. 

Look, I’m not driving!!!!!
Finally able to take pictures from the road
without fear of collision.
After 10 hours the day before, Shelby is less that enthused for more. 

The newest addition to our adventures, Trevor.
This is who I was looking forward to kidnapping…
…and dreading getting arrested with. 
California Mountains… Trevor claims they’re real mountains… I don’t know if i believe him. 
OOOhh trains and windmills!  I love windmills!

More windmills! Theres millions of ’em! well… thousands.

In search of whitewater… the sign said it would be here somewhere!

Woo!! we found whitewater!  not much mind you, but we found it! 
Danger will robinson!
actually, we’re kinda hoping for a flashflood! 
Who gets to see a hot air balloon?? This kid!

More Balloon! I was pretty stoked.

Next stop, Vegas!
You won’t get all the details… but you’ll get some.

by the way, if you’re wondering why its taking me so long to catch up… it’s not because i’m too busy with adventures… it’s mostly because i’m lazy. and distracted.

Leaving a lack of snow behind

Finally headed out of the lands of snow…. not that i saw much of it….
 But I had such a great time with my ski bum friends!
 My prayer, as I drove south, was for the snow to come pounding down shortly after my departure. 
2 weeks later, they finally got it!
By then, I was back east with even more adventures under my belt. 
I think it’s time I got around to sharing those.
So I left Utah headed for southern California…
Ten and a half hours before stops…
The plan, pick up my good friend Trevor and cause some trouble in Vegas.
On the road again…

For once, the scenic route is actually faster… well relatively…
I mean, how much difference does 30 minutes make when you’re driving 11+hours?
Self portrait reflected in my super hi-tech GPS/stereo system… my laptop.
One of the more interesting of the hundreds of construction sites I’ve seen this year.

Never did get a clear shot of a sign… but the speed limit driving south across Utah fluxed between 70 and 80mph…
Hooray! Cruising at an ever decreasing altitude…
Took me just over one tank of gas to cross nearly the whole  massive state!
Thank You Gravity!
But the guy next to the building can pee on the wall?

My post sunset view… it varied a little bit… but yeah… alot of this. 

I’m in Baker California, self proclaimed gateway to Death Valley.
gas is $4+/gal… and I’ve got a leak. crap.
Well the power steering’s been whining…
I am 100% sure that it isn’t oil, brake, or tranny fluid so it must be the power steering… right??
I checked all the levels, everything seems fine… Car isn’t acting weird at all…
So I let it go…. in 2 days, I will learn my mistake.


When we left off, our intrepid heroes were walking back for a huge bonfire in the brutal cold….
So then next morning, hehe… morning… yeah, thats when it was…
Anyhoo, we said our goodbyes and got hugs from Josh, 
Visited a bagel psychic who made amazing avocado and sundried tomato creamcheese, 
Then we hit the road.
“The road” just outside of Steamboat, next stop, liquor store before we cross the state line so we can take some good beer back to Utah. 

Turbodog! checkin out the Colorado foothills/countryside. 

WTF is ths guy doing? oh, and they were going like 65mph!

 Anytime we saw the word “dinosaur” Jess and I were inclined to yell it at the top of our lungs.
We were excited because we realized we had time to stop and check the park out on the way back to Park City
See, originally, the plan was Jess would ride to Steamboat with me, then I would go on to Denver, and she would catch the bus back to Park City, I decided to forgo a single day in Denver, when my next stop from there was Vegas, and instead took Jess back home, after a stop at DINOSAUR! national Monument druning the day.

I mean… Utah!

Are we there yet?

One word comes to mind here…
Yep, got a ticket… 80 in a 65…. ah well…

The Utah side is where the bones are. we stopped on the Colorado side,(the sign we took pics by a few days prior)
No bones there. and the visitor center is only open during summer…
This side is open year round and is pretty cool!

Well for some reason the memory of who this guy was eludes me…
a casting of one of the most complete skeletons they found here,
The actual skeleton is at the Carnegie Natural History Museum in Pittsburgh.

Allosaur vs baby Stegosaurus there is a reason you don’t find many baby dinosaur skeletons.
This is the most complete baby stego fossil they’ve found… The mural helpfully depicts why.
Can you imagine the look on a little kid’s face when they make the placement connection here?
Now imagine it on my face… no, I actually laughed really hard when i realized what was going on here.
But I’m twisted. 

Allosaur trifecta!
The one in the Mural looks like he’s seen a ghost!
The Fossil Quarry… Totally Real, they just built a building around it to protect the findings… So neat!
Off the road thru the monument, there are lots of hiking trails, many of which  take you to Petroglyph sites.


Campground and Boater’s access…The takeout to the Green River I believe…
I’m gonna work here… it’s gonna be my river takeout… I can feel it.
Real soon… like, this summer soon. YEAH!
no, really.

A few hours after dark, we arrived back in park city, safe and sound, with stories to tell.
The next day I would spend driving… for 11 hours…
And so, my adventures in Utah would come to an end for now…
But you can’t start one adventure before you finish the last!

Todays installment of Vicariously Thru Me takes place in Steamboat, Colorado. 
Okay, that was far too official.  anyhoo… 
Here are some pictures from my adventures with Josh and Jess
Ro-Sham-Bo night…
You play rock, paper, scissors with the bartender, if you win, your drink is free.
I won a couple rounds…. had a couple more bought for me… yeah, fun night.

Jess and I actually started the night a few doors down.
It was happy hour, we got there just as it got started, we met up with  Brennan, who we work with in WV.
His lady, Catherine,  joined us just as I was leaving the bar to take the car back to Josh’s place.
We had driven into town to wandered the shops and have the full tour until Josh went to work, then, “TO THE BAR!”
After 2 Pints of Colorado beer, (following over a week n Utah where beer is 3.2%) I decided it was time to go park the car and ride the bus back.  If I had another beer, it wouldn’t have been an option.
Once I rejoined the group, we moved on down the street and parted until Josh joined us, then some more!
Yeah… I hurt a little the next morning…

 So we decided the time had come to head home, we were all sufficiently smashed, myself, FAR MORE than usual… Walk out the door… IT’S SNOWING!!!  The natives and tourists, alike, dancing in the street.

Jess, failing to see the irony in her making an angel… hehe it was in the street.
Shortly after she got up, a cop pulled up and rolled down his window.
“Look, I know you’re excited, I get it, I do. But do me a favor guys, stay out of the street.”
Josh shook his hand and assured him that we would.  
The man in the snow… happy boy!

That night, after the bus ride, all gets a bit blurry… the pictures were too, hehehe…
I vaguely remember using my dog as a pillow for a while…
 I do know I broke my not drinking to the point of being sick rule…Whiskey… UGH… yeah, didn’t want that for a while.
Woke up in pain, but not as much as you’d think.
The snow we got amounted to about an inch and a half… bummer…
By noon we were headed to the mountain anyway. It was bitter cold out, and the conditions were icy, but it was woth it.
I was kind of off  my game, for obvious reasons, couldn’t seem to find my rhythm on a snowboard… I felt like a grouchy toddler most of the day, which pissed me off, hence the vicious mental cycle ensued…
The T-bar, a local bar on the mountain,  where we had lunch was amazing tho. That helped…
We went back to the house to warm up and a nap in front of the fireplace helped me alot too.
Later it was time for the traditional Wed night bonfire I’d been hearing so much about. Hooray!

It starts… there is a HUGE pile of pallets behind me…

Who doesn’t love a little fire dancing?  Good thing carharts are flame retardant.

Moon Rise over the mountain… looks pretty full. 

Pallet pyramids, the challenge of the evening… that and keeping your feet warm.
It was in the negatives this night… good thing we had a fire to rotisserie by!

Building the largest stack of the night, 7 pallets

(for like 5 minutes)

Now that’s a fire!
Evidently, the fire department, could see our fire from their HQ… but they knew it was wednesday.

fun with reflections

The fire’s trying to eat the moon!

Slow-Mo Snow Melt

This is really what the walk back after the fire looked like.
Maybe Steamboat is Magic afterall…

Josh was a fantastic host, Jess, a terrible buffer… and Good times were had by all.
Next morning, bagels and then headed back to Park city…
 I decided to forego Denver for lack of time and limited funds… I’ll make it back there eventually.

As always, for more details into the stories, post a comment!
See you when I share the next part of the adventure!!

More updates!!!
So we left off and I was back in Park City… 
Did another day or so of skiing, packed up my stuff and got ready to go…. 
Next stop, Steamboat!! 
The plan was to kidnap Jess and take her with me to visit our friend Josh in Colorado, (that part happened!)
 Brian ,charming two bitches, even though he was too hungover to go skiing with me.

Headed up the mountain for my last run at Deer Valley 

So, by the time Jess got off work, and i finished packing the car, we got a bit of a late start…
Finally on the road, we pass Park City resort on the way out of town.
oooh… ahhh…. 

My kidnap victim…
Josh didn’t know that Jess was coming to Steamboat with me, the plan was to call 5 minutes away, then hide with the camera while Jess knocked on the door.
We ended up meeting him at a bar… but we rolled up rockin out to some Salt-n-Peppa!
He loved his surprise! 

Quick stop, just across the border of Utah and Colorado…
Obviously the park was closed, but photo op was necessary nonetheless.
I got back into the car and sat on my phone, 10 miles later, we did a U-turn because we couldn’t hear it ringing when Jess called it for me… turns out I just had no service. 

One view from inside the hottub… good way to start a weekend!

Downtown Steamboat, viewed from Josh’s hottub. 

Hope you enjoyed this update! more to come soon! Please drop a comment if you want to hear more detailed stories on any of the pics!

So… Here we are! It has been a VERY busy month! 
Since New Years Eve, I have traveled about 5,500 miles. 
I’ve had very little access to the internet, hence my lack of updates. Now, I’ve had internet for a week and I’m overwhelmed by the number of stories to tell and I don’t want to detail you to death with all of them. 
So, I have decided to do this more as a photo journal. I’m chosing the pictures I want to show you, then giveing them captions. Please, If you are interested in more of the story surrounding a photo or adventure, tell me! I will be happy to elaborate, a little direction is really helpful! 
It will take me a few posts to get updated so I guess we’ll just start where I left off last time. 
Still in Park City, Utah, my adventures continued….
Nothin but class!
We decided to go out to a bar to play some pool… good times ensue.

My cute lil sis zoned out on whatever is playing on the TV behind my head… 
Notice the choppers, we found out the sushi bar upstairs serves rolls for half price from 10 to 11pm. 
We were unable to resist the deliciousness.  I was to concerned with eating it to take a pic of the sushi. 
I found myself on a trail that was steeper than this picture gives it credit for.
 Having been over a decade since I’d been on skis, I feel like I did pretty darn well!
View of the reservoir/lake from a double blue trail at Deer Valley. 

I am so graceful!  look at me! I’m not laying in the snow!

Another Great view from Deer Valley.
Too bad you could see some much brown..
Shortly after I left Utah, as I predicted, they finally got the snow they’d been praying for.
Another shot of me feelin’ styley on skis! Oooh, hockey stop! Fancy!
I stopped into the tuning shop to pay Jess a visit, only to find her inside the edging machine…
She came out looking sharp.
Ahem… It was tune the tuning machine day. 
Later that evening, I rolled down the hill to SLC to see  some more of my favorite people
Here’s Lara at the Russian Christmas party she took me to.
Lara and I rolled up the hill to Brighton to meet Mark as he finished his grooming shift.
First time snowboarding this year for me, and we got 5 niches of fresh powder to play in, hooray!
I got brand new bindings for my board, this being the inaugural run for them, one of them broke at the top of the hill on what became my last run. Fortunately, it was just a ladder strap, so an easy fix, but annoying none-the-less.
But we had a great time! 

Mark, Intently trying to do something on his fancy smartphone…
I really dont remember what it was he was doing, but  like how this picture came out!
Heading back up to ‘Heathen Hill’, as the Mormons call  Park City…
Hoping these clouds will mean more snow, they unfortunately did not.
Shelby and Alulah snuggling and sharing Shelby’s bed as I work to get my stuff together to get back on the road.

A couple of cute bitches snuggled up for the night… I am still packing at this point.
It takes me forever to pack because I get distracted easily…

 I will leave you with those for now… My plan is to post more tomorrow! Now that I’ve started, I should be able to catch up! enjoy! and like I said, please, let me know if you want to hear extra stories in between!!