Initiate Authenticity

“Experiencing the world through endless second hand information isn’t enough. If we want authenticity we have to initiate it.” – Travis Rice

I have been working too much lately. While usually this is a good thing because I am trying to stay busy and save up some cash, working 6 days a week for 12 weeks straight was starting to burn me out. I needed a day to ground myself.

With off-days being so rare for me, I couldn’t decide how I wanted to spend my time. I could go to Breckenridge and see some friends, go to Boulder to see my family, be lazy at home for once, or I could find a random adventure and just go with it. Well, if you know me at all then you already know what I did. I drove up to the mountains in pursuit of a fun, random, wilderness adventure.

After an hour of driving through aspen-filled canyons and up steep, windy roads I got to Brainard Lake Park, about 30 minutes Northwest of Boulder. On a recommendation from my mom, I tried to follow her vague directions to a place she loves called Blue Lake, but it was a long shot. There were so many trails and lakes in the area I figured I would never find Blue Lake and I should just check out another place; so I kept driving.


See the face in the rock? It’s Chief Niwot/Lefthand.

Up and up I drove as each parking lot I passed was full. Finally I reached the top and was pleased to find that there were only a few other cars there. “Now this is more like it,” I though to myself. I drove an hour and a half from Denver to get away and spend some time alone in the mountains.

I grabbed my GoPro, water, a sandwich, a poncho, a hoodie, and some pants, then began my journey up the mountain.

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I had given up on Blue Lake and figured I would just find a new cool spot.


Besides, I was having fun river hopping and looking for wildlife along the way to wherever it was I was going.


If I would have read the sign at the bottom of the trail head I would have known that I was on a direct path to Blue Lake and didn’t even realize it.


An hour and a half or so later I reached the top of the trail.  After passing several small ponds, admiring grassy green meadows filled with butterflies and wildflowers, and climbing piles of rockslide debris, I came to a majestic blue lake backed by Colorado’s Indian Peaks.


I was in the most beautiful place, and I was all alone. Exactly where I wanted to be.

I stayed at the lake for at least an hour wandering around and taking random GoPro pictures of myself doing handstands. I was having a blast and for a brief moment in time, I was not just in a place I could go; I was in a place I could just be.

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Four hours after leaving my car, I was back. Within 10 seconds of starting my engine, it began to down-pour! It had been threatening to rain all day, and I got sprinkled on a few times, but all I could do was laugh at my perfect timing. Today was my day.

Next, I went to Blue Sky, my family’s cabin a few miles down the road. I ate lunch on Diane Mountain, a nearby cliff named after my Aunt Diane who was killed by a drunk driver. I stayed until I was scared off by the nearing lightning storm.


By the time I got back home to Denver I was exhausted, happy, relaxed, and inspired. I need to take days off more often. 🙂



Creativity at Work

My boss at Quiksilver asked me to make a gift certificate for the winner of an event we were sponsoring. Next to my desk was a box of shirts, a shirt press, and a stack of graphics paper.

After designing the gift certificate in Illustrator, I  printed and pressed it onto a tank top. The winner was to take a photo, email it back to us and let us know what size skis he wanted.

Here it is. IMG_0457 Canis Lupus NAS Gift Cert

Sweet Something

One of my favorite things to make is fried garlic sweet potatoes!

A friend make these for me and I have developed my own way to make them that is absolutely amazing. They are  simple to make, and only take about 20 mins which makes them the perfect side for any meal. Sweet potatoes are high in vitamins and minerals, and don’t contain empty calories like white potatoes, and they are considered paleo.

Here is the recipe:

Start with a pan heated to medium.

Cover bottom with olive oil and add garlic salt, garlic powder and pepper (as much or as little as you like).


Try to scrub clean and cut out any bad spots.


Slice a white sweet potato in 1/4″ thick slices. Try to be as consistent as possible.

Lay flat in pan making sure that each slice in touching the pan.


Cook on medium-low for about 12 minutes. Flip and cook for 5-7 minutes or until both sides are golden brown. This will leave the slice soft and warm in the middle and the outside crispy.

Simply let cook a little longer on each side for a crispier version.

TIP: Listen for a crackle from the oil. this means it is time to flip.


Yum!! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

Wake Up



When I was invited on a friend’s boat this summer, I was stoked. Wakeboarding!!!! FINALLY.


I spent countless days on the boat basking in the sun and splashing in the water. I really learned to relax, let go of time, turn off my phone and really “unplug” myself for the day.

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My friend Kyle is the one flipping.

Leap of Faith

I’ve always been scared of heights, though they exhilarate me. This summer I decided to work on conquering this fear so I decided to go cliff jumping at Green Mountain Reservoir, just East of Silverthorn.

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Though the cliff I jumped was only…(only)… 40 ish feet, I was so stoked I went for it (even though my bathing suit completely came off). Colby jumped the 80 footer. Like a boss.