It's always winter
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# forest fire

September forest fire, before and after. The top is what the mountains looked like before I left on my trip and the bottom is what it was like when I came home a week later :D

The fire is out now, though. I’m posting this a month after the fact.

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# nevada
# life
# travel

Photos I took while exploring northern Nevada! An amazing place. Don’t go there so I can have it all to myself c: I camped at Virgin Valley Hot Springs primitive campground, which is actually a warm spring but it felt WONDERFUL after a day of exploring the dry, dusty desert landscape. Also, visited Bog Hot Springs, a “hot creek” where the whole creek is boiling. It is too hot to swim in at its headwaters but is swimmable further downstream ((and it is one HOT hot spring xD)). Also went surface mining to see what kind of rocks we could find and I’ll post photos of my finds at another time! The area is known for its opals and I managed to nab a few samples of dry opal of various colors ((yellow, black and others… even white opal that glows green when under a black light!)) and there was a LOT of petrified wood, obsidian and jasper. Also, some agate and chalcedony rose.

My camera sucks at zoom and I fail at wildlife photography, but this area was TEEMING with life so I can only imagine what it is like during migration season for birds. We saw it all, from tiny sparrows to various ducks, kestrels, songbirds and even a golden eagle! When it came to mammals, there were wild burrows EVERYWHERE and they are very aggressive. Do not approach them xD There are also tons and tons of coyotes ((you can hear them every night)) and rabbits were in our camp.

Despite this being a harsh desert environment, there is a lot of water springing from the ground. It was a wetter place than when we went through northern California in the same trip :’D

We also got hit by a massive dust devil while at Bog Hot Spring. It snuck up on us while we were getting snacks in the car so we weren’t paying attention, but then this HUGE amount of wind like I had never felt it before hit us and shook the whole vehicle! And I have felt a lot of strong winds during desert travel ((if you hate wind, don’t come to the desert since it is windy from diurnal winds until the sun goes down)). After the dust devil hit us and had our attention, we looked and saw how massive the thing was. It must have gone 150+ ft into the air ((if not more than that xD)). Huge dust devils are a thing you see out there and are very common, and I put emphasis on HUGE since you can see them from miles away, visible from across valleys. The funny thing about this Bog Hot Spring dust devil was when looking at our photos later, we could see it was sneaking up on us all along as it was in our pictures :’D We were too focused on the hot spring to notice the thing coming in the background ((you can see it in the sixth photo of this post xD)).

Nevada’s desert is beautiful and filled with many hidden treasures, if you know where to look and are adventurous enough to search for them. I have known a lot of people who said “Nevada is ugly, barren and there’s nothing there”, but this is a very untrue statement as I have learned first hand. There are many things in Nevada that aren’t on the map and the only way to know about them is to go there yourself or word of mouth from people who have gone ((the gorge in the seventh photo, despite how spectacular it is, was not on any map and we only knew about it from when we had passed through the area before; when we saw it was the first time we knew it existed)). Much of Nevada’s roads are also not paved and locations are very remote. Be properly prepared before exploring as you are hours from medical/emergency help, grocery stores and in many cases, you don’t even have drinkable running water. Cell phone/internet service is non-existent and landlines are rare, so expect to not have contact with the outside world during your stay. This kind of vacation is for the smart traveler with an adventurous spirit. It can be difficult and challenging, but it is more rewarding than any other sort of trip!

I love traveling the high desert. I never fail to find amazing surprises I never expect.

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# life
# guano valley

Photos of one of my region’s awesome roads, the Guano Valley Grade! If you want to go from Lakeview to Denio, the only paved road for over 100km takes you through Guano Valley, which has a massive grade going down a steep cliff face. It’s narrow, it’s curvy and it is 100% guard-rail free! :D It is scary but awesome to go down and it is not every day you see road signs warning about how steep the roadway is ((and I like taking photos of fun signs)). The first time I went through this area, I had no idea about the grade AND I was coming in from the Denio side, so my first encounter was going DOWN the grade :’D It was white knuckle driving but you can see a long way ((in those brief moments where you take your eyes off the road because it is rather terrifying when you don’t expect it)). It is like driving over the edge of the world.

As everyone who knows me well will know… I love scary roads. As soon as I get my own Jeep or other 4wd I have a long list of “scary roads” I want to go on ((like the infamous Kleinschmidt Grade of Hell’s Canyon)) because there are so many of them that require a tougher vehicle. They are better than any roller coaster or carnival ride because your life is really in your own hands and you can drop a km or more to the bottom if you mess up :’D It’s way better than the safety of a roller coaster ((and there’s nobody screaming lol)).

WHEN I GET A JEEP THIS TUMBLR WILL BE PACKED WITH ROADTRIP ADVENTURING LOL. /dreams and fantasizes of having a Jeep. My dream car. Being restricted to paved roads and maintained gravel is really restricting on life LOL. Very limited in places to travel to.

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"I will destroy Gangnyeok and retake my tribe’s homeland!"

"I will destroy Gangnyeok and retake my tribe’s homeland!"

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# life

I thought it’d be fun to post some photos regarding to how I live life… since I always feel like an alien compared to most everyone online when I hear about their lives.

So today I am sharing what my GPS is like! Outside of my 8-year-old computer and my gaming consoles, this is really my only other piece of technology I keep around and know how to use. This GPS has no sound effects and can’t give you directions, but what it does show you is the surrounding area from the perspective of where you’re at. It shows highways, roads, dirt/gravel roads and trails with a good level of accuracy. It also shows bodies of water and the terrain with the use of elevation contours. You can also track where you have already been and mark points on the map that you want to remember for later. The second image shows the compass and speed you’re currently traveling at and the final image shows elevation gains and drops on your current path, your current elevation and a barometer ((if you don’t know what that is, it measures atmospheric pressure)). This GPS is mostly good for people on trails and those exploring backcountry and/or going off-road adventuring.

Even with this technology, I still prefer using it in combination with a physical, paper map to navigate long distances and it is ALWAYS important to use your eyes to see the visible terrain around you to help double-check things, especially out in the remote areas where I like to go as meeting other people for help is rare ((though the people you do meet out in these places are extremely helpful!)).

I hope that was at least mildly interesting to show a glimpse into my life…

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the world through my eyes by Zaleho
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I am always here for you when you need me by Zaleho
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A round of geoguessr I did… my new high score on the new format where there’s a max score of 5000 per round… so I only missed one point /kicks self. I don’t know how I was that stupid to miss one point…!! As per usual when I do these, I do not use ANY help. No Googling anything or any of that stuff. Just pure exploring the starting area in search of clues and coming to a conclusion about where I am.
Total time spent: about one hour.
Countries: Spain, Estonia, Japan, US (2)
I missed my 1 point on Spain :P *is a dummy*

A round of geoguessr I did… my new high score on the new format where there’s a max score of 5000 per round… so I only missed one point /kicks self. I don’t know how I was that stupid to miss one point…!! As per usual when I do these, I do not use ANY help. No Googling anything or any of that stuff. Just pure exploring the starting area in search of clues and coming to a conclusion about where I am.

Total time spent: about one hour.

Countries: Spain, Estonia, Japan, US (2)

I missed my 1 point on Spain :P *is a dummy*

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# aircraft
Quick study on an F4U Corsair, one of the airplanes I photographed at a historic aircraft airshow so I reffed my own photo. These guys were used by the US in the Pacific Theater of WWII. I took lots of photos with the intent of doing more aircraft art…
I’m sucking at drawing as always.

Quick study on an F4U Corsair, one of the airplanes I photographed at a historic aircraft airshow so I reffed my own photo. These guys were used by the US in the Pacific Theater of WWII. I took lots of photos with the intent of doing more aircraft art…

I’m sucking at drawing as always.

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# naruto
I haven’t been drawing much at all so I should do sketch-a-day things again to keep myself motivated. Posting drawings on the internet has become sort of embarrassing since everyone is better than me.
I did a sketch of Konohamaru! Because in the new Ninja Storm game, he is a BLAST to play as. I just think he is surprisingly fun to play as :’D When he was announced to be in this game I thought perhaps he would be a dumb joke character but he is not that. He is tons of fun and I find myself picking him over and over. His attacks obviously don’t do as much damage as a lot of the other characters but I don’t care :V

I haven’t been drawing much at all so I should do sketch-a-day things again to keep myself motivated. Posting drawings on the internet has become sort of embarrassing since everyone is better than me.

I did a sketch of Konohamaru! Because in the new Ninja Storm game, he is a BLAST to play as. I just think he is surprisingly fun to play as :’D When he was announced to be in this game I thought perhaps he would be a dumb joke character but he is not that. He is tons of fun and I find myself picking him over and over. His attacks obviously don’t do as much damage as a lot of the other characters but I don’t care :V