Yetti’s Pacific North West Exploration & Expeditions Picture heavy

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Yetti’s Pacific North West and others Exploration & Expeditions

I have been a member of the forum for quite some time, and have never posted any trip threads. I decided it was time for a change, some of these will be old and will be comprised of mostly pictures as my writing has a lot to be desired. I work as a freelance AEMT and Firefighter, endorsements in MCPIC & Remote Medicine, IRAMP( industrial medicine) Currently ½ way through a 3-year hitch as the Safety Coordinator for a large company. On the side, I still work other contracts, our local agency 911 calls, for fire, ems rescue to patient transfer from our hospital to others further away,8+hr round trips. And through other agency’s like Event Medics, Amphibias Medics, etc

http://amphibiousmedics.com/

http://www.eventmedics.com/?gclid=C...13Slxx1PzMjdfTXpxIy5K4epD6JfGZEhoCnpcQAvD_BwE

They cover things like surfing, mountain bike, movie sets, adventure races, etc and are usually short <3 day contracts. This will be a log of the trips I can share, mixed from week+ trips to weekend adventures. Not everything is PNW local, also includes BAJA, South America, and others. If you have any questions please ask away, enjoy the reading. Have some patience as I get things uploaded, it will take a few days.
Happy Trails and Safe Travels

Baja Mexico 2016
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Baja Mexico- went down for the 1000, will do report shortly

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For the winter of 2016, I met my brother and sister in law in Mexico, we wanted to see the legendary BAJA 1000. For me it was a month away from work and a chance to say goodbye to them as they started their overland adventure driving the panam. ( Runningfrommonday.com) On the way down i was in a crunch and made the journey from Oregon to the border in 1.5 days. I don't remember much from that other than it was a long drive, and went by in a fuzz. I hate to travel on a tight schedule but sometimes it happens. I had just regeared and put a locker in my truck,( a local shop, I do most my own work but that was past my skill level) it took longer than expected so placed me behind schedule. I drove down and back with out a working Spedo, but really who needs one of those... as I forgot to update my BullyDog tuner to accept gear changes. Everything went uneventful on the way down, and even through mexico. My first military check point had me nervous, however basically went down without a hitch. I was carrying a bunch of amazon boxes with chevy truck parts for my brother. Once at the checkpoint, I tried to explain it was just truck parts and I was traveling alone with the gringos ahead of us in the other chevy truck that looked like mine. And clear totes of camping gear, and lots of maxpedition (https://www.maxpedition.com/ ) duffle bags and backpacks. it was ok to ignore the radio and scanner that were crackling from the others in the group who had cleared allready. When I asked of he wanted me to open them all he simply said , " no, esta bien" and shook the life out of each box prior to returning them to their place in my backseat.
We convoyed that day to the spot we had picked out, milepost 100 for the 1000. You can read running from mondays blog here, from the 1000 ( http://runningfrommonday.com/blog/2016/11/28/baja-1000 ) And I will start posting pictures.
On the way down, somewhere in the California desert
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Camp Spot, Circle the wagons,
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Room with a View
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The race is something you have to see in person, Why not hang out of a chopper..
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The trophy trucks are amazing, this was spitting distance from our camp
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The grey box in an earlier picture, was a generator cover from the guy in the Ford. He donated it to the cause for a bonfire on the last night,
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We had a great time, never once felt unsafe in country. Ate some great tacos, if we thought something may be questionable food wise you can, 1, not eat it, 2 Use lots of lime, 3 Take a shot after or prior to eating it. I recommend the shot, Medics orders..
 
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Still November of 2016, Eventually we had to start making it back to reality as our convoy broke up. I continued w/ my brother to San Felipe across the Baja Peninsula. We found some horribly great roads to string together and make the drive across. Ate some more great tacos, drove on part of the course as the majority of the race was finished, or so we thought. And I managed to wrap my driver rear exhaust around my back axle, but i have two so... strapped it on and welded it back together once i got home. We did find out that some of the buggys were still racing, a few passed us on the route, all the drivers were friendly; smiling and waving. On the way home I got to take my time, one of the places I stopped at was the SaltonSea ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salton_Sea ) it involved some bad engineering choices, and misfortune and re routed all of the colorado rivers flow for 2 years. Oddly enough my truck decided it would not run, and every warning light I had came on, i pulled up to the sign and popped the hood, Luckly for me the intake tube had gotten loose on the engine side, quick fix- . For some time in the 1950's it help its own as a resort until it started to die due to the severe salinity of the lake. I find these places fascinating and am unable to stay away, i will leave you with pictures.

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Ill upload more later, it is quite the place. Smells of Salty Death. The entire area has a vibe, places that were once vibrant and living now ghostly in their silence
 
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That was unfortunate, I had everything typed out and loaded and it froze on upload. SSooo this will be even shorter.
Thanks BushCoat, I was not sure of anyone was even reading. haha, i had a few more stops before making it home for Thanksgiving so I'll add them as well.

NExt up after leaving, the salt Sea I headed to Joshua tree, I took the highway but should of taken box canyon road straight into the park. Id recommend the Geology tour road, less people travel because its " 4x4 only" however, you could of done it in a minivan. My truck never noticed it, some of the highways in MExioc were rougher- Honestly. So Joshua Tree ( https://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm ) when I was there the place was empty, as weird as it may sound coming from a firefighter/medic, i'm not a people person. So i enjoyed that the place was empty, i only saw a few other rigs. It does have some cool geology- which I admittedly enjoy. That being said, it did not do the trick for me, it was ok- but by no means blew me away. It made for a nice detour around the highway. In fact i actually feel slight bad, for how lack luster I was with it. MAybe the season, my mood, hard to say. BY no means am i saying its not worth a visit, but not one i'll go back too. I do wish I had stopped at the visitor center, and chatted with the staff rangers- as a lot of times they know the best unknown, routes to areas outside the parks, or are good at putting a path together. I just used BCN on my tablet, and strung some dirt in a kind of route. It was well taken care of, majority of roads paved. That being said, ill leave you with the pictures I took- they leave a little to be desired though,

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For Most of the month it was camping- all through MExico and most of the states. Its just me and I am an early waker, so the travel days were all driving dark to dark. My camping set up has me spoiled, with the totes. I have a nemo MEzo loft bag, ( I love it, amazing) and cosmo pad which fit together, and I slide them into a waxed canvas bed roll. So all i have to do is roll it out on the flat bed, inflate the pad and away i go. People seem to think im BA, tough- they should look inside. haha that pad inflates to 5 inches with its own built in pump. The canvas protects the rather expensive system from just about everything, and the large flap can go over my head if it starts to rain. Its a really great system, from my truck, rafting to strapping it on a horse. it is not small however, NExt up Alabama hills and Manzanar
 
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After Alabama Hills, I started early but by 10:00 it was getting really busy. I pulled up BCN and found a trail that went from Alabama Hills to the back side of Manzanar,

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A incarceration center for Japanese Americans in the early 1940's during WW II. They are sobering places, but the NPS also did a great job with this one, in restoration and the visitor center. I met some jeeps on the " trail" to Manzanar, who thought I was crazy to drive my truck that way, and assured me i would never make it. They were all lifted and locked. I thanked them for their concerns and continued on my way. I never even needed to put my 7000# chevy in 4x4. And had been through ranch roads way worse. But it was a nice break from the free way.

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As you can see, It was already Nov,22 and I still had to make it home for Thanksgiving..... I stopped one more place, by accident. The Mount Whitney Fish hatchery,

https://www.google.com/search?q=Mou...rome..69i57.4943j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

A really beautiful stone built fish hatchery, and one of the oldest in the US. They were closed but i enjoyed my time there, it was a ghost town. And lots of friendly ducks following me around asking for bread, I may of obliged a little. From there winter and life took over, hauling hay. Got a promotion at work, those kind of things P_20161122_113421_p.jpg P_20161122_113511_p.jpg P_20161122_113547_1_p.jpg P_20161122_113608_1_p.jpg Northwest Umatilla-20161217-00334.jpg Northwest Umatilla-20161217-00334.jpg
 
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Winter was pretty busy, but was able to squeeze a few things in. Including a trip to South America, and some snowshoeing. After a calling a snow day at work, I decided it would be a good time to re aim my driving lights, and some lambing. It was one of our colder winters, Makes a difference when you live in a fifth wheel full time. I was able to get out most weekends even if just for a short " dog venture" And at work, a pipe broke in the boiler room and flooded 7000 gallons of water into one of the warehouses.

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Had our local high angle rescue team come out to the facility and practice, We have a indoor 7 story tower, and lots of external catwalks for them to practice off of. I do some volunteer work with Team Rubicon, an amazing organization that takes veterans and emergency services personal and deploys them to disaster areas. The team and I got to meet Vanillla Ice, he was familiar with TR and invited us all back stage. TR is a great non profit, and organization.

https://teamrubiconusa.org/

We had just finished up a chainsaw certification class. I upgraded my fifth wheel to a new one, with room in it, heck I even have a washer and dryer.
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I flew into Wyoming to meet some family, and enjoy some vacation. I am from Wyoming and flew my mum out as well. Met with family in Thermopolis and Cody, Did some relaxing, and visited Big Horn basin Canyon, and the Caroline lock heart ranch and wild horses. I tried not to beat up the Nissan rental too much. Enjoyed seeing family, and the family Fjord ranch. I also included heart mountain, most from the area are familiar with it. Including the Heart Mountain Relocation Center.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heart_Mountain_(Wyoming)



And a few more summer adventures and Medical contracts, Ill eventually get around to posting the details from South America as well. image-2017-06-12-17-14-38.jpg IMG-20170612-00519.jpg IMG-20170612-00520.jpg IMG-20170612-00524.jpg IMG-20170612-00525.jpg IMG-20170613-00527.jpg P_20170612_173123.jpg
 
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I flew down to Columbia South America, to meet my brother and sister in law, Dec of 2017. From Pasco-Denver-Huston-Panama-Medellin Columbia. It was a long flight day, arrived in Medellin at 10ish at night. After trying to explain to customs( in my bad Spanish) and failing- that I was just meeting my brother and we were camping and that I even already had a flight booked to leave the country. They of course would have none of it, I should of been better prepared. He decided to " hold" my passport for me until i had a better answer. I was able to google the closest hotel and gave them that number and address and they allowed me my passport and to collect my luggage. On one of the flights i got to watch a screw work itself loose and disappear behind us.
I met Kp and Taylor outside the airport and we were off to ( https://www.booking.com/hotel/co/al-bosque-hostel-amp-glamping.ro.html ) for the night. You can read the blog post here ( http://runningfrommonday.com/blog/2017/12/15/exploring-colombia-with-los-hermanos-pawley )


Medellin, a city of 4 million. Had a tram public transit system. After a short few mile hike from our camp to the start of it. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medellín ) even with lots of walking I had a blast here. Got to experience every bit of the public transit system they had to offer. The tram was awesome, the rail was super cramped- no room to move, yet at every stop more managed to cram in. The buss ride back to camp that night, was long i choose to stand the entire way, and the bus drivers have no fear. Even had an near miss with a kid on a bike riding down the hill with no brakes, i thought for sure my skills were going to be needed. The kid just dumped the bike when he saw the buss coming up hill. Ill add more as i am able,
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