Month: March 2016

Petra, the hidden rock carved city!

Petra, in the country of Jordan is a place you will come away from humbled and in awe. It was rightly picked as one of the new 7 wonders of the world, and I have never experienced anything like it before. Petra is an ancient city carved out of the canyons of Jordan. If your an Indiana Jones, fan and remember the temple of doom, that was filmed in Ancient Petra!

 

 

I rode a bus from Jordan’s coast up into the mountain to get to the Canyons. Driving through the desolate Jordan country side was an experience all in its self and I wish we could have stopped along the way to take better pictures, instead of trying to capture images through the buses windows.

As we drove up to higher and higher elevation, I was able to catch some pretty interesting images. I saw a lot of things I didn’t expect to see in Jordan, and one of the firsts was snow!

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Washing Clothes, Protecting Your Credit, and Making Fires!

So what exactly does washing my clothes, protecting my credit and making fires have in common? Doing the first two can make creating fires while camping quick and easy!

Starting camp fires out in the great outdoors is often a difficult task, and can be super frustrating. Lets talk about making a free fire starter just from practicing good habits at home.

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EOS 1P Marmot Tent

Recently I have been in the hunt for a new sleep system.  I was in between either a Bivy Sack or a 1 Man tent. You can read some discussion comparing tents and Bivys here on Back Country Post. I currently have an older 2 man tent, the Tad Pole from North Face:

My older 2 man tent from the North Face

My older 2 man tent from the North Face

The tent has worked great for years, and the only issue I have had with it was that the rain fly began peeling on the underneath and, it just literally flakes everywhere. The last trip I took with my North Face Tad Pole was my 1 week traverse of the Grand Canyon.

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Singapore, Clean and Beautiful City Living

After my amazing trip to Hong Kong, I had the pleasure of stopping and spending a few wonderful days in Singapore!

If I had to choose one word to describe Singapore, it would be easy,

Beautiful!

I can not even begin to describe how beautiful Singapore is, I have been to a lot of cities around the world and this is by far hands down the most beautiful city I have ever been to! This picture from the first cab I was in, does not do it just it:

Singapore Streets

Riding in the cab, the streets were just lined with these beautiful trees on either end and just slightly covering the street.

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Hong Kong

I have been fortunate to travel to some pretty neat places in my life. Hong Kong was the time I got to stop in Asia, and I was impressed. It is a very very unique place, and I did not get this impression because it was my first time in Asia, its a unique place because it almost has an identity crisis.

A view of Hong Kong Harbor from my Hotel

A view of Hong Kong Harbor from my Hotel

Before I get into the details of my exploration of Hong Kong, its worth mentioning a little bit of history here. Hong Kong was ruled by the British from 1945 – 1997. In 1997 the British handed Hong Kong over to the Peoples Republic of China. As you probably already know, China and Great Britain are two totally different types of government and you can see and feel the transition that is still going on to this day.

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Flocculate that Dirty Water

So if you read my last post, which talks about my awesome adventure traversing the Grand Canyon, you may remember my awesome water filter issues we had on the second day:

Broken Filter

Yes, that water filter has definitely seen better days.  Once our water filter broke in the middle of the Grand Canyon we tried scooping up silty water and letting it sit over night in a Nalgene. Our thought process was let gravity due its trick, and all the sediment would fall nicely to the bottom, and then we could skim off the top and boil for clean, non silty drinking water!

It was a great idea in theory but the water was so silty, that not nearly enough silt sank to the bottom by the time we woke up for drinking. This was a huge dilemma.

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1 Week Traversing the Grand Canyon

My last Spring break in college, I wanted to do something fun. I knew after graduation life was going to get busy and I wouldn’t have a whole lot of time to myself. My friends were all planning awesome beach trips, and I came very close to attending. But I figured hey, I could drink beer on a beach when I am old. So instead I started to explore my Google Earth and plan an epic trip, my first plan came out something like this:

My initial plan to traverse the Grand Canyon

My initial plan to traverse the Grand Canyon

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Welcome to Cattywampur!

So what the hell is that crazy word Cattywampur? Its a play off the word Cattywampus, so whats Cattywampus mean? Good Question, lets go to our favorite online dictionary Meriam-Webster:

Cattywampus

Funny enough, it looks like Meriam-Webster wants to charge us money to know the definition…. apparently rich people are the only ones that can use big words.

So if you don’t care to pay $4.99 a month to Meriam-Webster dictionary to find out the deeper meaning of the title of my blog, I totally understand. So lets go to a less reputable but better online dictionary (Because definitions should not cost money…):

wiktionary – dissaray, dissorder or askew

So that pretty much sums up what you will get on this blog, dissaray, and disorder through my life adventures. I hope you enjoy!

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