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Hiking Linville Gorge: Part Three

Background: The Linville Gorge Wilderness is one of the most rugged hikes in the American East. The opposite of well-worn and accessible, the Linville Gorge loop is rough, untamed, and a serious challenge to experienced hikers alike.

This trip was planned out over several weeks, and tackled by two friends with years of experience and equipment under their belts. Even then, parts of the trip has us whining for a hot meal and our own beds. But it’s a box certainly worth checking off the hiking bucket list.

If you missed part one and/or part two, now’s a good time to go check them out. 🙂

Continue reading “Hiking Linville Gorge: Part Three”

Hiking Linville Gorge: Part Two

Background: The Linville Gorge Wilderness is one of the most rugged hikes in the American East. The opposite of well-worn and accessible, the Linville Gorge loop is rough, untamed, and a serious challenge to experienced hikers alike.

This trip was planned out over several weeks, and tackled by two friends with years of experience and equipment under their belts. Even then, parts of the trip has us whining for a hot meal and our own beds. But it’s a box certainly worth checking off the hiking bucket list.

If you missed part one, now’s a good time to go check it out. 🙂

Continue reading “Hiking Linville Gorge: Part Two”

Hiking Linville Gorge: Part One

Background: The Linville Gorge Wilderness is one of the most rugged hikes in the American East. The opposite of well-worn and accessible, the Linville Gorge loop is rough, untamed, and a serious challenge to experienced hikers alike.

This trip was planned out over several weeks, and tackled by two friends with years of experience and equipment under their belts. Even then, parts of the trip has us whining for a hot meal and our own beds. But it’s a box certainly worth checking off the hiking bucket list. Continue reading “Hiking Linville Gorge: Part One”

My Top Ten Games of 2014

2014 was one of the more gaming-light years of my life, which has been an interesting realization for me. I parted with a company I spent many years with and graduated college, started boxing, hiked more than I ever have, and started a career at a company I really dig.

In 2014, there just wasn’t as much time allotted to games as usual… and games have been a very important hobby to me since my early childhood. I still love them, but other parts of life take priority — as they healthily should.

But that doesn’t mean I don’t have at least ten great games I really enjoyed and really recommend! Because I certainly do! Continue reading “My Top Ten Games of 2014”

Coding: Python is Awesome, But Budding Programmers be Wary

I spent four years at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte studying computer science. In that near half decade, I gleaned knowledge from some of the best programmers and engineers I’ve ever known. I learned languages like C++, Java, Ruby, and Android, and systems like Win/Mac/Linux and Rails.

Post-college I’m doing Unix, Hadoop and Python. And while the first is traditional and a solid backbone of computing knowledge to have, it’s the latter two that have lit a new creative fire in me. Even more so with the third, Python. And heck, I’ve been using it a TON lately.

Python is an incredible language — from its structure, natural language tendency, and sheer power and light weight, to massive support from the CS community. A word of caution to up and coming programmers, computer scientists, and engineers though… Continue reading “Coding: Python is Awesome, But Budding Programmers be Wary”

Hiking Pilot Mountain in NC

Continuing on my quest to conquer every mountain peak in North Carolina with nothing but a backpack and boots, I spent the majority of yesterday tackling Pilot Mountain. Being one of the more unique looking mountains in the area, it was very picture worthy.

As usual, I took plenty of photographs on my trip! Continue reading “Hiking Pilot Mountain in NC”

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