Thom Allen @thom801

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Children (and many adults) here are fascinated by Annette and I. I think my beard is really unusual for them and Annette is brown but clearly not Indonesian which throws people off. They constantly ask for photos with us and the really small children look at me like I’m from another world. It’s pretty entertaining at times and overwhelming other times. Overall the people are just so kind and love to laugh. We’ve been having a blast interacting with everyone.
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Children (and many adults) here are fascinated by Annette and I. I think my beard is really unusual for them and Annette is brown but clearly not Indonesian which throws people off. They constantly ask for photos with us and the really small children look at me like I’m from another world. It’s pretty entertaining at times and overwhelming other times. Overall the people are just so kind and love to laugh. We’ve been having a blast interacting with everyone.

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I’ve been learning some blues slide guitar this week. Trying my hand at a little of Clapton’s Walkin’ Blues. I’m gonna miss my guitars on this trip we’re taking soon.
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I’ve been learning some blues slide guitar this week. Trying my hand at a little of Clapton’s Walkin’ Blues. I’m gonna miss my guitars on this trip we’re taking soon.

I haven’t posted in months because I’ve been on detox from social media but I felt like I should share this photo today. This is Annette hiking through Buckskin Gulch in southern Utah. Part of this canyon is now unprotected due to the recent actions of a group in our country who like to call themselves “conservatives”. What exactly are they trying to conserve? Is this place not worth conserving? Have any of them been there? I doubt they have. They don’t want to go because it would make them feel guilty for what they are doing. It seems to me that many of the people who think these places aren’t anything special could really benefit from walking through these canyons. Maybe the massive sandstone walls surrounding them and the harsh desert environment that is somehow incredibly filled with life would give them the perspective that they seem to be in need of. I hope our country can one day see past our greed and lust for the next oil well or coal deposit and protect these beautiful places. I want to say thanks to all my friends who fight for conservation. I’ve tagged a few that are always working to protect places like this one. Thank you, you guys rock.
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I haven’t posted in months because I’ve been on detox from social media but I felt like I should share this photo today. This is Annette hiking through Buckskin Gulch in southern Utah. Part of this canyon is now unprotected due to the recent actions of a group in our country who like to call themselves “conservatives”. What exactly are they trying to conserve? Is this place not worth conserving? Have any of them been there? I doubt they have. They don’t want to go because it would make them feel guilty for what they are doing. It seems to me that many of the people who think these places aren’t anything special could really benefit from walking through these canyons. Maybe the massive sandstone walls surrounding them and the harsh desert environment that is somehow incredibly filled with life would give them the perspective that they seem to be in need of. I hope our country can one day see past our greed and lust for the next oil well or coal deposit and protect these beautiful places. I want to say thanks to all my friends who fight for conservation. I’ve tagged a few that are always working to protect places like this one. Thank you, you guys rock.

We had a big day in the Wasatch yesterday. 7600 feet of gain over 13.5 miles and bagged twin peaks for my first time. 3 hours of bushwhacking in Deaf Smith canyon to start the day off and I got hit twice with stinging needle. Everyone was wrecked afterward but in good spirits. We all had fun recapping the day over beers and pizza on a restaurant patio. Great day in the mountains!
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We had a big day in the Wasatch yesterday. 7600 feet of gain over 13.5 miles and bagged twin peaks for my first time. 3 hours of bushwhacking in Deaf Smith canyon to start the day off and I got hit twice with stinging needle. Everyone was wrecked afterward but in good spirits. We all had fun recapping the day over beers and pizza on a restaurant patio. Great day in the mountains!

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The foothills above Salt Lake City is a place I hadn't come to love until recently.
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The foothills above Salt Lake City is a place I hadn't come to love until recently.

I went on an overland adventure with a few friends this weekend. We made it to some really remote places that we had all to ourselves. Utah is always surprising me with how much crazy terrain is hidden out in the desert. We saw so much this weekend and still only skimmed the surface.
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I went on an overland adventure with a few friends this weekend. We made it to some really remote places that we had all to ourselves. Utah is always surprising me with how much crazy terrain is hidden out in the desert. We saw so much this weekend and still only skimmed the surface.

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Secret path to the beach.
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Secret path to the beach.

We got some good snorkeling in today. Lots of fish and some nice reef. Annette learned to snorkel today and she loved it, even after she was mortally wounded by a barnacle. We are all sunburned to hell and headed back to Tokyo tomorrow.
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We got some good snorkeling in today. Lots of fish and some nice reef. Annette learned to snorkel today and she loved it, even after she was mortally wounded by a barnacle. We are all sunburned to hell and headed back to Tokyo tomorrow.

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We headed down to Okinawa for some beach time. I'm hoping I can find some snorkel gear today and go exploring these reefs.
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We headed down to Okinawa for some beach time. I'm hoping I can find some snorkel gear today and go exploring these reefs.

Clark and Annette at the Kiyomizu-dera pagoda.
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Clark and Annette at the Kiyomizu-dera pagoda.

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