Here's what I've been listening to lately. For more, check out my LastFM profile.
The Fray - How to Save a Life (new album version)
From the Album How to Save a Life
- Dawes - All Your Favorite Bands
- Fleetwood Mac - Landslide
- Jon McLaughlin - We All Need Saving
- Bastille - Pompeii
- Jonas Blue - Fast Car (feat. Dakota)
- Joshua Hyslop - Everything Unsaid
- Cold War Kids - Can We Hang On?
- Andy Grammer - Honey, I'm Good
- Krewella - Enjoy the Ride
- Daughtry - Long Live Rock & Roll
- Sam Hunt - Raised on It
- Taylor Swift - 22
I spent a weekend in late October touring two battlefields of the American Civil War with my wife and in-laws. We left Washington on a sunny Saturday morning and drove to Gettysburg. Fought from July 1 to July 3 of 1863, is often considered the turning point of the war. Robert E. Lee brought his Army of Northern Virginia, composed of about 75,000 men, to meet George G. Meade's Army of the Potomac, with about 104,000 men. Over the course of three days, the armies suffered combined casualties approaching 50,000, with almost 8,000 killed. The battle has been immortalized in popular culture through Michael Shaara's excellent novel The Killer Angels, the movie Gettysburg, and Ken Burns's documentary. And in November of 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered quite possibly the best-known speech in the history of American rhetoric to dedicate the battlefield cemetery. But the site of the battle is a beautiful and hallowed place, and it's impossible to get a true sense of the scope of these events.
Lying between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians, the Shenandoah Valley is a stunning place brimming with natural beauty, historic towns, wineries, and breweries. I visited twice during October 2017, on two different fall weekends.
Days 1-3: Bangkok It took exactly 28 hours to travel from my door in Orinda, California, to my hotel in in Bangkok, Thailand. My finacee, Lauren, and I had decided to take a trip to Thailand and Vietnam because we both had some time off during the summer of 2015. We flew out of San Francisco, via Singapore Airlines, at 1:20 AM in the early morning hours of June 24. After brief stops in Hong Kong and Singapore, we finally landed in Bangkok.
For his 60th birthday, my father, who has always loved hiking, mountaineering, and the outdoors, decided he wanted to go on an adventure with his family. He settled on rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon as his expedition of choice. Unfortunately, Grand Canyon trips tend to fill up as early as two years in advance, and we weren't able to book one. Instead, we decided to raft the Colorado through Cataract Canyon. Cataract Canyon is in Canyonlands National Park, above the Grand Canyon, and has even bigger whitewater.
After my trip to Svalbard, I flew south to Bergen, Norway. There I met Lauren and much of her family: her parents, sister, aunt, and grandparents. Our group of eight would travel together over the next two weeks, through five countries and seven cities.