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« on: September 13, 2008, 06:13:18 PM »

In July I headed towards Denver to visit and meet up with some friends.  Wish I could've stayed for the DNC but time was a factor as we planned to hike mountains, whitewater raft, camp out every night in a different state/national park and indulge in the local brews. 
 
Denver was our first destination, and I gotta say, the street skating downtown was absolutely awesome.  The average age of Denver is something like 26 and I swear everyone smokes weed.
Didn't make it to any parks there, but stayed at a buddy's apt. that was literally 2 blocks from the capitol building and 3 blocks from colfax...there was painted barriers all over the place and traffic seemed minimal as everyone had a bike or scooter.  Only drag was the amount of bums that constantly hassle you for change while they have on a $140 pair of nikes.  Did end up whitewater rafting on the Arkansas river in Canon City...something everyone should try at least once, stoke rating of 10.  Then after a few days we headed to Moab, Utah to hike the desert.

Camped by the Colorado river one night and at Dead Horse state park one night.  No skating here, just hiking and watching the wildlife.  Very, very cool town if you ever have the chance.  Checked out Arches Nat'l park and went on a 9 mile hike up rocks through the desert...amazing.
Planned on stopping in SLC on the way to Whitefish, MT but the desert had us wiped, so we skipped on SLC to enjoy the cool weather of MT.  Stopped in Idaho falls for a few, but nothing much exciting there and was still pretty much out of it after the 2 days of desert hiking.

Whitefish, MT.  Amazing skatepark, amazing people, amazing climate, amazing views...I love this town (at least in the summer).  The Skatepark was awesome, spent a few hours there and just had a blast.  The locals were cool, the temp was about 70 and in the summer it stays light out till about 10:30.  We destroyed the park and had permasmiles for days.  We also spent about 2 days hiking at Glacier Nat'l park where we had a grizzly encouter, but he just looked at us and kept fucking with the tree or whatever the hell it was doing...we bailed pronto.  Hiked Big mountain in Whitefish.  I can't do this area justice on how beautiful it is.  I was in awe. 

Then after that we headed to Yellowstone which was a fucking nightmare...cool place but a fucking tourist trap supreme...only stay there for about 8 hours the headed towards the Devils Tower.  It was cool, but Started raining here.  We then headed to the Badlands in SD via Deadwood (cool city, but once again, tourist trap).  Stayed in the badlands a couple days got some good hikes in, but the rained dampered our plans.  So we headed to Des Moines, IA to stay with a friend and get some couch sleep.  No skating here either as it rained on us from WY all the way back to IL.  Crashed at my buddies house (he used to paint skateboards with me and is now a pretty rad artist living in DSM) and went to see a battle of the bands.  Relaxed ate some good food and had some cold brews and caught up.  Headed out the next morning and made it back home around 5 on July 25.  We left on the 9th so I was stoked about sleeping in a bed and showering as I'd only had 2 the whole trip and one was in DSM.  Didn't get as much skating in as I would've liked but had an awesome time campin, 'bbqin, drinkin, hikin, and skatin.  I don't have a camera so I don't have many of the pics...but I'll put more up when I get em. 









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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2008, 06:47:27 AM »



i hope you skated that!
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« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2008, 12:47:30 PM »

^beat me to it.^
remember that adio video where the dudes were skating some rock formations like that?
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2008, 02:14:47 PM »

remember that adio video where the dudes were skating some rock formations like that?

yeah, that was salt or something, which has since been mined.
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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2008, 02:23:00 PM »

No, sadly enough, didn't get to skate the rocks.  Would've been insane though!
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« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2008, 02:38:49 PM »

it's definitely possible to skate at moab, utah on the slickrock canyon, riding my bicycle on it, was pretty damn fun... next to the colorado river
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« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2008, 02:56:38 PM »

we had a grizzly encouter, but he just looked at us and kept fucking with the tree or whatever the hell it was doing...we bailed pronto

crazy, man. lucky it didn't pay you no mind. I had a run in with a black bear one night when I was out in the mountains tending to some special plants. I was alone and it was in the middle of the night. it wasn't a grizzly but it was still not a very, shall I say, enjoyable situation.

trip sounds pretty fun.  skating/camping missions are truly one of the best things about life.
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« Reply #7 on: September 15, 2008, 03:59:16 PM »

Yeah, at first I thought it was a moose rubbing it's antlers, because it was on all fours and a light brown color.
It was about 30 ft. away and heard us talking, then just stood up and made a few growl like noises and smelled the air, then went back to it.  We got outta there pretty shortly after it went back to the tree.  I'd
guess it was around 8 ft. tall.  pretty rad though.
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« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2008, 05:17:15 PM »

stumbling upon a bear is gnarly. there's very few times in your life that you're gonna feel that helpless. whether or not you survive is pretty much 100% up to the bear. but you still have the crazy sense that you're getting to experience something special.
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« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2008, 02:30:08 PM »

oh yeah, happened around 2 months ago and I still think/talk about it at least once a day.

And I just started a new job, and work with a guy from Montana who says he's never
encountered a bear, and I was  there +/- 36 hours and was 30 ft. away from one.  rad.
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