Western Adventure: Day 10

Woke up and headed to Oakland today. Drove for the first time and in while, felt weird. It’s definitely a lot different driving out here. Everything in Orlando is flat so having to drive through the mountains caught me off guard at first. But once we got moving it was smooth sailing until we got close to Oakland and hit a little traffic. But it wasn’t that bad compared to what I witnessed in LA. Scenery wise, nothing but the desert, wind turbines and mountains. Nothing special. 

Finally caught up on my post. Spent the 2nd half of my ride writing and uploading pics. Mostly the latter. It’s amazing what you can do with just a phone these days. 

Once we got settled in it was kinda late, so I just went out and walked around Oakland for a little bit. I was also able to reconnect with an old buddy who showed me a few places and took me this amazing food truck who had the best tacos. Before I head back, I wanna stop by there and grab more. 


Western Adventure: Day 9

Today was very similar to yesterday. Slept in and finished up my laundry in the morning. Then I eventually got up and visited a friend from college. I’ve seen her twice this year which is cool. Always good to see old friends. She actually has started a family now and has two amazing little kids. 

It wasn’t until late in the day that I read another blog on WP and saw one else’s post from the Vegas strip. Then I suddenly had wished that I maximized my time in Vegas seeing sites and enjoying it more. Granted I needed the sleep and had to catch up some laundry, there was still time in the day to go out and get a decent amount of sleep. 

Heading to Oakland/San Francisco in the morning and vowing to make the most of my time there. Any suggestions on this to do while I’m there? Anybody in the area?

I think that catches me up. Should have some nice photos from San Francisco in the morning to post. 


Western Adventure: Day 5

Day 5 started early b/c I had to head outside to rent some shoes, socks and a hiking stick for the Narrows, which is about 9 miles of canyoneering. By far the most fun I’ve had on my trip so far. Wasn’t strenuous at all so you could really enjoy the river and Canyon at the same time. We didn’t go too far, only 6 miles round trip but still had an amazing time. 
Spent the remainder of the day relaxing. The temp for today was 105 and we felt every bit of it. 


Western Adventure : Day 2

Day Two was an amazing day. Said goodbye to LA early this morning and headed to Las Vegas to meet up with my aunt. 

Haven’t been here in like 10 yrs and it’s crazy how much it’s changed. Was only here passing through this time as we were headed for the Grand Canyon! So after zooming through Nevada, bouncing and forth between Arizona and Utah, we finally made it to the Grand Canyon. 

And what a beauty it was to see. I don’t think I’ve ever been so amazed by a place. This place is breathtaking and not just b/c of the high altitude but the size and colors and shear beauty make you not wanna take your eyes off of it. Spent hours just taking pictures and staring at it as the sun set until it was time head back to our campsite and crash for the night. 



Haven’t made any post recently other than verses that God has placed on my heart. I’ve really only limited to my other words to my journal and a select group of people.  And that may be good for a season b/c it allowed me to have some really quiet, intimate time with Him.  But as I shared with a brother earlier, I’ve really been feeling a tugging in my spirit to longer stay quiet.  To speak up and use the platform that God has given me.  In this time I feel like He’s really been equipping me with the neccessary tools and maturing me.  We are in battles daily against the devil and our flesh, but there is something much bigger approaching us that we must get ready for.  And we need to lean on God more for wisdom, strength, peace and discernment against what’s to come. And Paul says it no better in Ephesians 6:10-18,

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God,so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

We must all be ready. The day is coming! And my plea and challenge to all of us is to step up and step out of our comfort zones and be willing to share the good news! And be the light that we are called to be. May God be with you all. With love and grace. -Alan