Day 314 – Catching Up

June 23rd, 2017 – While my fiancee and I settle back down from our trip, she and I decided to do a little catch-up on work. We both had a number of chores we had to tackle around the house, including throwing 2 garbage bags worth of expired food from our kitchen, and also each had our own personal projects to take care of.

For me, I spent the better part of the day reviewing e-mails, updating my photo journal and challenge log, and revised my goals for the year. One goal in particular was my High-pointers map.

With Black Elk Peak finally climbed I can mark off the 3rd out of 50 high points successfully conquered. I am happy on starting to take on this challenge as it has allowed me to take up adventures to new and interesting locations. I am looking forward to what the next 47 high points have to bring.


Day 310 – Black Elk Ridge

July 19th, 2017 – This morning we set off to do the prime reason for our trip, to climb South Dakota’s highest point: Black Elk Ridge. Luckily for us, our campsite had a connecting route leading to the peak so we didn’t need to drive off anywhere nor pay the $20 to use Custer Park’s trail head.

The entire route there and back was 9.4 miles, and took several hours to complete. We got a lovely view of the entire black hills during our hike and were rewarded with a nice breeze to cool us down from the hike. After eating some food, and taking a short rest, we walked back to the trail head to re-hydrate with some water mixed with Powerade.

It was still light out so my fiancee and I decided to go to Crazy Horse Memorial for dinner then left to camp at the city of Hot Springs.


Day 243 – The Snowboarding Crane

February 23nd, 2017 – This post is going to be a rather weird one for my journal. I haven’t posted in a while and that is due to numerous reasons. The main reason is because of a snowboarding trip I took on Friday.

Last week my fiancee and I went on a snowboarding trip in attempt to cross off an item on my 2017 Challenge List. We saved up quite a bit of cash then traveled southward to a fairly cheap hotel to spend the weekend. On Saturday we went off to the resort to go snow tubing and snow boarding.

I booked a lesson in advance but had to wait until the evening for them to start. We had a few hours so my fiancee and I explored the town and spent quite a bit of time going tubing.

Eventually time came for my snowboarding lessons so we parted ways to do our own things. I learned the basics over my 90-minute lesson and practiced the bunny slope for a little while. I got confident enough to hit up the much larger slope, arguably the easiest one aside from the bunny slope. I made the trip upward(very long ride) and got to the top. I practiced stopping every so often, being careful about going down the slope.

Well, I fell down a good couple of times but I nonetheless made it to the bottom of the slope. Perfect, challenge list item completed!

25. Snowboard Down Green Circle Slope

Not the end of my adventure though. My ticket was still good for a few hours and I wanted to give the slope one last run in an attempt not to fall down on my butt once. So, I got back up the magic carpet to reach the top of the slope.

During my trip to the top of the slope I saw a skier going down too fast then taking a really nasty fall. Maybe something I should’ve took as a red flag . I then overheard another skier telling a novice snowboarding to practice slowing down. “It may not be as fun, but it’s important to learn”. Again, another thing I should’ve heeded.

Nonetheless, I got on that slope and snowboarded. I watched others go into an S-pattern to slow their boards down. A move, I admittedly, never practiced but figured I can learn as I go.

Well, I traveled down the slope but did not succeed in slowing down. I was going way too fast and realized I needed to stop before I go too far. I kept thinking “Land on my butt, land on my butt”, but my heels lifted up and I drove my toes into the snow. I felt myself go up in the air a good few feet and land face first into the snow. I felt my face dragging through that snow 5 feet before stopping.

I got up and was feeling around my mouth for any broken teeth. Nothing, thank goodness, but my face felt really wet. I thought it was snow, but nope. The wet feeling all over my mouth and chin was in fact blood(My fiancee described it as someone smashing raspberries in my face).

I walked the rest of the way down and spent a good while in the restroom. It took a long time for the blood to stop, and I was concerned I would need to get stitches. Luckily, the cuts and scrapes weren’t too deep. I found out the inside part of my mouth was torn by my teeth and the upper left portion of my mouth was scrapped up pretty bad.

My upper lip was swollen, but I was really numb to the pain. As I talked with my fiancee a bit, waiting for the blood to fully stop, a ski instructor saw my face and suggested I go to ski patrol for a check-up.

After some time getting examined the medic told me I would not need stitches but told me to ice my face and expect a few bruises along my jaw for a few days. Fortunately, it was a short trip from the resort to the hotel so after we got back I was able to lie down and ice my face for the rest of the night.

Right when we got to the hotel the numbness stopped and the pain hit at me like a punch to the face. It sucked to eat, drink, and speak. My fiancee played nurse for a while(Always lucky to have her) before I fell asleep. The next morning I was feeling very dehydrated and sore. My lip was swollen to the shape of a balloon and my left jaw looked like a chipmunk’s mouth filled with food.

Sunday was miserably sore, but the pain went down after a couple of pain killers. We left home and spent the day unpacking and resting. I felt extremely fatigue most of the day. Every walk to the bathroom felt like sprinting a mile. I went to bed early, and spent the next 2 days resting.

It sucked feeling limited to doing anything for the next few days. I couldn’t really do my regular work outs due to the fatigue and I couldn’t eat non-soft foods. This feeling of restriction ended up bumming me out and drained a lot of my motivation to do most of my routine.

AsĀ  recovered I took some time to break away from my regular routine and focus on other interests. During the trip my fiancee taught me how to do pixel art. While I iced my face I spent most of the day creating different pixel art drawings. I also took this opportunity to create my 4th crane to commemorate my snowboarding endeavor.

Focusing on a creative outlet was just enough for me to regain my motivation and gradually get back to my workflow. A few days since my return I went back to programming and working out(lightly). Right now I am not at 100% but I am feeling really close to getting there.

It was a little bump in the road but I am eager to continue moving forward!

Day 213 – The 30th Day

January 17th, 2017 – And with that I finally finished my 30-day Yoga challenge. This was a challenge I took up as a Habitica Challenge with two others. We chose Leil Cheri‘s 30-day yoga challenge and quickly found out that her videos were not at the beginner level. After going through head stands, side planks, and vigorous ab workouts, I came out with a stronger core and more flexible shoulders.

I am grateful I took up this challenge and stuck through it all. Now to move on to 31 Days of Yoga with Adriene!


Day 205 – Krav Maga

January 9th, 2017 – Along with my return to Parkour I am making my return to another class I’ve been putting off for a while. Today was my first Krav Maga class in the past few months. For a long time now I’ve been aching to do Krav Maga, but each time they meet it has always conflicted with another priority in my schedule. I wanted to change that, so I strategically planned out my Spring semester so I am more available to attend my Krav Maga classes.

I wanted to get a shot of the facility that Krav Maga was held, but I got there a little after dark. Need to get there a bit earlier or start reminding myself to take some indoor shots.