Announcement: 59Parks & The World

It's been a while since I've given an update, so here's a big one.  I've decided to postpone seeing additional parks in the near-term in favor of going abroad and exploring the whole world.  

I will be remaining in LA until mid-May, working with Jubilee Project.  Then I will be returning to the east coast for a few weeks for my father's birthday in early-June.  Then I will be taking off sometime this summer for Europe.

This was a difficult decision for me because it feels a bit like giving up.  The plan was to visit all 59 US National Parks in one go; but honestly, an opportunity has arisen where I can go abroad and I want to take advantage of it.  I will eventually visit all the US National Parks, it has been a life-goal of mine and remains so.  But in the near term, 59Parks is going abroad.

I am still in the planning stages of the trip, and hope to share it with you guys on the blog.  So stay tuned for all of that!  Let me know if you have any thoughts or comments on my decision.

5 Things to Pack

Although I'm not a travel gear blog, I am a traveler who uses gear and has a blog.  I've had the chance to test most of my gear to the limit during the last few months.  Carrying all of it on the back of an open motorcycle, hiking it through deserts, snow, and rainstorms, and even the occasional TSA screening.  Here's my list of msut h

 

These boxers have to be the most positively reviewed underwear in the history of human kind.  Every travel gear list always lists these boxers.  Granted they're for men, but every man should own these.  

When I'm hiking or traveling I can usually only carry two or three pairs of underwear.  These sweat wicking, fast drying, odor resistant boxers are perfect.  When you go 10+ days without a shower, you need every advantage you can get.  These can be washed in a sink or river and ready to go in a hour. 

 

I get more comments about this one water bottle than all of my other pieces of gear.  More than my GPS beacon or DSLR camera, it's this water bottle that gets the questions.

The greatest premium for any traveler is space.  You can only carry as much as you can fit on your bike, in your bag, on your person.  This water bottle solves the problem by becoming smaller as you drink more water.  Meaning no precious space is wasted on air.  

 

There are so many swiss-army knives, multi-tools, survival tools on the market.  But Leatherman is a brand name in a market of commodity, and with good reason.  The quality of their products is amazing and for the price (under $30) this is more than an amazing value.

Useful for opening cans, cutting rope, and fixing your broken motorcycle.  Buy it, you wont regret it.

 

I'm a cheapskate, I don't like spending money, period.  I've also owned about 6 pairs of hiking shoes of varying brands, and all have been okay and have been replaced.  A few years ago I heard about a brand Asolo.  I was told by multiple hikers that they were "Buy it for life" but they were also over $200 a pair.

If I bought them, these boots would be one of the most expensive pairs of shoes I've ever bought, period.  I was not ready to shell out that kind of dough.

Now that I finally own them, I don't know why I wasted money on any other pair.  They are more sturdy and comfortable than any hiking boot I've ever used.

Though be warned, they are full grain leather, which means the ventilation isn't great.  Be prepared for stinky feet.

 

As much as I'm cheap, I also abhor trends without function.  I resisted the puffy down jacket trend in high school and was prepared to do so with the sleek down jacket trend.

That was until I motorcycled in near freezing temperatures and slept in even colder conditions.  I've owned similar synthetic filled jackets from REI and North Face, and let me say that nothing compares to what nature can manufacture with the help of Patagonia.

This jacket will keep you warm on the coldest nights and it doesn't look half bad either.  Buy this jacket, it's worth every penny.

Falling and getting back up

When this new year started, I made a resolution to be better about posting on my blog.  To be more consistent with photos, videos, and thoughts.  I haven't posted in a while. To the few that follow me, I'm sorry it's been a while. To those who don't yet follow me, welcome on board!

A quick update, I'm currently living in LA.  For the next two and half months, I'll be working with my friends here at The Jubilee Project.  The Jubilee Project, or JP for short, is a group of talented, passionate, and hardworking creatives who decided to leave their life behind and pursue their dreams of changing the world through film.  Check out their YouTube channel below at youtube.com/jubileeproject and subscribe and support them!

In the meantime, I'll be working to get back on the blogging horse!

Cheers

I'm leaving for American Samoa in a few hours--finally. Yes, I was supposed to leave last Friday, but I ran into immigration issues. That's right, immigration issues.

Apparently, American Samoa doesn't let Americans visit American Samoa, a US Territory without their passport. Who knew? Not the State Department, they said I could travel to US territories without any passport or visa. But, the Attorney General of American Samoa has their own rules about this. So after a lot of calls, $74 fedex overnight shipment (which came late), and a long check in procedure I'm headed to American Samoa. When all is said and done, I'm traveling, exploring, and living life to the fullest.

Yes, I had a headache as I stood in line after line at the airport. But I get to go somewhere new!

Yes, I had to delay my trip 3 days. But I had to wait it out in Hawaii.

Yes, I'm out a little bit of money. But, im still healthy, happy, and young.

So you know what? Despite the troubles, I'm still happy to be here and to be heading there. So, here's to finding my purpose through this adventure, hassles included.