It’s that time of year again! Where I fly to Las Vegas for work for our annual analytic tech conference and spend 5 days seeing a plethora of amazing speakers, exhibits displaying the latest technologies and networking and talking to some of the greatest people in the business. This conference really gets me excited about my line of work and getting to hear first hand how the technology that I’m working with is significantly changing the way people do business… ANYWAYS.. I always plan an epic hiking trip to follow after the conference. It usually consists of jamming as much as I can into 3-5 days before I have to fly back for work the following week. I do a lot, but it makes for one hell of a road trip. I get to see sites that I would probably not be able to afford to see otherwise.. being from the east coast.
This year isn’t anything short of legendary: Driving almost 800 miles through 5 states (14 hrs of driving) including: Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico. I’ll be visiting 4 beautiful national parks over the course of 4 days. Starting in Vegas. Ending in Albuquerque, NM. This is the most I’ve driven for one of these trips, but it’s always well worth the mileage! My stops include Bryce Canyon, then up to Moab and finishing in Mesa Verde. I’m excited to see a ton of red rocks this year… might freeze my ass off along the way. The weather report says it can get down into the 20s at night. I can’t wait! Planning this trip has made me really looking forward to going out west again. It’s a magical place. I’m always disappointed and satisfied every time the trip is over. It’s why I do these trips though: to experience something new and see the rest of the world outside of the northeast. These trips are a great time for self reflection, disconnecting yourself and appreciating the surrounding beauty. I’ll do my best to communicate that through my posts and pictures. Check back here for updates.. when I can make contact. See you on the trail!