Must be tough…

I’m always up for a new experience. I think it’s important to try almost anything at least once. Life is too short to shy away from the “more interesting” things if you will. This being said, I have now been to a desert music festival similar to what I would imagine Burning Man to be like. I have trudged through sideways sand storms and in turn experienced the exfoliating pleasure that sand has to offer in each and every crevice your body. I have scorched in the desert sun and dreamt of a cold shower like its the only thing that matters in life. I have been to this not so far away land where bandanas over your mouth and ski goggles over your eyes are acts of  survival rather than merely comfort or fashion. I have now been to Desert Rocks music festival  in Green River, UT. Experience captured.

It wasn’t all bad though. There was a wide variety of music to listen to and thankfully a refreshing river close by to cool you back to life. There were lots of extraordinarily happy people drifting around and the people watching so entertaining that it makes JFK airport seem boring. Honestly, I don’t think it would have been that bad if I hadn’t of spent three days in paradise before I got there.

Telluride is one of my favorite places on the planet. I usually only get up there for festivals like the infamous Telluride Bluegrass Festival, but with a few days free in my schedule I decided to make the trip. I ventured down there with my good friend Allison to escape the heat of boulder and camp out for a few days before heading to Desert Rocks. I have a good friend living out there who conveniently runs a classy mountain lodge bar overlooking some of the most beautiful peaks Colorado has to offer. When we weren’t camping beside gorgeous high alpine lake or strolling through the seemingly empty mountain town, you could find us shallaxing poolside with any number of cocktails pressed against our lips. Abbot kept bringing us Piña coladas, strawberry daiquiris, and others on the house because he apparently ‘made to much’ for other customers. I’ll tell you right now, it doesn’t take long at 9,600ft basking poolside in the sun with a spectacular view and a few drinks in your system to feel like sometimes the world just treats you right. Life is good and I was soaking up every last drop, and still am.

We ended up staying one extra night up there because it was so nice and slept at the lodge to give us a chance to shower up before heading to the desert. Needless to say, it was tough to leave, but the show must go on.

I just got back this morning from hanging with some younger people in wheelchairs at a kids camp. Our rugby team always helps out at the camp where all different types of children with disabilities get to jump in our chairs and try it out for themselves. There are some 9 year olds out there that make pushing a wheelchair uphill through quicksand look easy. I was super impressed and of course Bella was a rockstar.

It’s rewarding to see these guys learning about all the different opportunities that still exist for people in chairs. Be it dancing, tae kwon do, fencing, rugby, tennis, basketball, whatever it is, this is the place to go check it out. A neat event indeed.

Speaking of sports, last weekend I completed my longest handcycle ride to date. I somehow managed to pull myself 50k or 31 long miles through the bike paths of Denver. It wasn’t easy by any stretch but I still felt good rolling into the parking lot at the end of the day. Its amazing how much more you feel the hills when you only use your arms. Next up, 50miles!

Okay, so I’m sure by now that all of you are feeling bad for me and my boring lifestyle. You wish that I would add a little excitement and adventure to my life and stop wasting the days away. Well…then…. This one’s for you.
I am extremely excited and fortunate to be able to go on a big trip next week. I have been saving money for some time now. I wasn’t sure where I would go or when, but when the opportunity presented itself, I was going to be ready. This summer, my brother has been studying architecture in Italy. He’s been over there for a few weeks now and his classes finish up June 22. I will be flying into London the 18th and traveling around solo until I meet up with Clayton in Milan, Italy the 22nd! From there we are heading north into Switzerland, possibly Austria, and then flying out of Prague two weeks later. Other than that, we are on the no plan plan. We have a few spots to check out and then the rest is up to fate. I’ve always wanted to go to Europe and what better way than to travel with my bro. Rest assured that there will be many pictures and stories to come…

Things are obviously going pretty well for me right now. No real complaints. I hope all of you are having just as much good fortune. I might not get another post done before I get back July 7th but I’m sure I’ll have much to tell you then.

Keep on Keepin’ on