Yellowstone and Grand Teton Trip

A few weeks ago, I went on a family road trip through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and also visited Craters of the Moon National Monument. This was my biggest road trip since driving across the US for my move to Seattle. The abundant wild life and wonderful geothermal features of Yellowstone, the majestic mountains of Grand Teton, and the strange landscape of Craters of the Moon made for another great trip. Here’s a look back on the trip with lots of photo highlights.

Oxbow Bend
Classic view of the Tetons at Oxbow Bend of the Snake River

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Shimmying Through Summer

It’s getting to near the end of August already, which means the summer is almost over. I’ve tried to take advantage of the nice weather we have in the Pacific Northwest and go explore the outdoors during the weekends. Here are some photo highlights of what I’ve been up to in the last 2 months.

Granite Mountain
Views of Mount Rainier and all around from the top of Granite Mountain (click to enlarge)

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Springing Through Spring

It’s been almost 3 months since I’ve posted here so it’s time again to share what I’ve been up to. The warmer and less rainy weather in Spring meant more opportunities to go hiking and enjoy the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest. Here are some photo highlights of my adventures through spring of 2019.

Lake 22
Not sure where the other 21 lakes are, but Lake 22 in the Cascades is gorgeous, and still had a bit a snow when we visited.

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Las Vegas and Grand Canyon Trip

Other than working and hanging around the Pacific Northwest, I also recent took a family trip to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. I haven’t been to Las Vegas since high school, and have never been to the Grand Canyon before. It was a fun trip, and here are some highlights.

Hoover Dam
View from top of the Hoover Dam

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Winter in the Puget Sound

I haven’t posted here since my big road trip to move across the country from Raleigh NC to the Seattle WA area, and that’s more than 3 months ago. During this time, winter has come and gone, and here are just some photo (and video) highlights of what I have been up to during my first winter in the Puget Sound region.

Kerry Park
The classic postcard view of the Seattle cityscape from Kerry Park in Queen Anne.

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Road Trip Across the USA

I’ve accepted a new job in the Seattle area, and this means moving from the Triangle region of North Carolina all the way across America to the Pacific Northwest. I could have just flew and had everything shipped, but taking a road trip across the USA has always been in my bucket list, and this was the perfect opportunity. I ended up taking a 12 day road trip with family across the continent and saw a lot of interesting and beautiful places along the way.

Our trip route took me from Morrisville, North Carolina to Seattle, Washington through 12 states and around 3400 miles. I had to do all of the driving and therefore chose one of the shorter routes. It was still plenty of miles through the plains to the mountains, and thanks to the unpredictable November weather, we had to drive through rain, snow and high winds (not all at the same time). It was a tough drive at times, but we made it to our destination in one piece. Keep reading for the highlights of my road trip across the USA.

Tony's road trip across the USA map
Map of the route I drove to get from North Carolina to Washington (click to enlarge)

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Big Changes and Taking Chances

Looks like 2018 will end up as a year of big changes for me. I quit my job as power systems engineer that I worked for more than 4 years, and I am going to try my hand at a different industry. I am taking a chance with the move, but the potential upsides of the opportunity was too good for me to pass up. As for my old job, it was definitely a valuable experience and I learned a lot. Things didn’t always go smoothly, but it was my first full-time job and I’ll always remember the times I spent there. In this day and age, changing jobs every 4-5 years is pretty common, so it was about time for me to make my next move as well. I am currently in the processing of preparing for the long distance move, and I’ll be taking some time to travel before I start my new job. I am excited about what the future will bring. Wish me luck.

Fun in the Spring

It’s been about 3 months since I last posted here, and so it’s time again to recap some of the fun and adventures that I had over the last season. The only major trip I had was going to Denver, Colorado to attend a conference, and I managed to get in some late season skiing in the Rocky Mountains. Keep reading to see the photo (and video!) highlights.

Lookout Mountain
Looking out from Lookout Mountain

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Fall and Winter Activity Recap

Here is the long overdue post of my travels and adventures over the last few months. I usually do one per season, but I’ve been slow on the blogging so this post will be for the last half a year, covering both fall and winter. The most notable activity was my trip to southern China, which I already wrote about, but I also went on other smaller trips and adventures over the last half-year. So keep reading if you want to see what I’ve been up to and what troubles I’ve gotten myself into :wink: .

Blue Ridge Parkway
Probably the best fall foliage we saw during the trip was along this stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway

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