Introduction to Posts

I’m not a blogger. My life usually isn’t that interesting. These are just two thematically arranged collections of somewhat interesting things that I have done.

Mission Emails

I served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints between May 2016 and May 2018. I was assigned to serve in the Spain Málaga Mission. Never heard of Málaga? That’s okay, I hadn’t either prior to opening my mission call. Also, on July 1, 2018, the Málaga mission was absorbed into the Spain Barcelona and Spain Madrid missions, so that kind of pushes it further into obscurity. 

Oh well. Doesn’t really matter. What did matter to me about my mission was being able to help others come unto Christ, including myself. 

Every Monday for these two years, I wrote an email to friends and family reporting on what had transpired and what I had learned during this experience. Want to see what I wrote? You can read all of my emails chronologically, starting here…

Pikes Peak Summit Photos

I worked on the summit of Pikes Peak in the summers of 2014 and 2015. All things considered, it was a pretty crappy job: the hours sucked, the pay was barely better than minimum wage, and it was exhausting working at high altitude. But, there are reasons why it is the 2nd most visited mountain summit in the world and even inspired the lyrics to the song “America the Beautiful.” The beauty of the location helped to compensate for the lousiness of the job.

Now, I’m not a professional photographer by any means, and to date, my most reliable camera has been my iPhone, but I think you’ll enjoy this collection of photos from the summit of Pikes Peak. Many of them were taken at dawn and dusk, times when the top of the mountain is closed and the only people up there are those who are working.

So, see what it looks like for yourself…

Last Day Lightning

This picture of lightning striking somewhere below was the last photo I took on my last day working on top of Pikes Peak on my way to the van down.
This picture of lightning striking somewhere below was the last photo I took on my last day working on top of Pikes Peak on my way to the van down.

Couple at Sunrise

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A couple looks out to the sun coming over a sea of clouds covering the Colorado Springs area from the Pikes Peak Summit. I did not take this picture – it was taken by the Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway’s webcam and was edited by me.

Stellar Sunset

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This was definitely one of the best sunsets that I was able to witness from the Summit of Pikes Peak.

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Mount Evans Road

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These pictures clearly aren’t from Pikes Peak, but are instead from the Mount Evans, which like Pikes Peak, has a paved road all of the way to the summit.

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The Summit of Pikes Peak can be clearly seen from the Summit of Mount Evans.