Well it was quite a bit of work to get this all worked out but I’m on the other side of it and have a full week of blog posts coming up next week while I’m off the grid. I’m turning 40 on Tuesday and for my birthday I’m going to one of my favorite places in the world, Yosemite.
I grew up going to Yosemite every year and now my friends and I go there at least once a year for some pretty spectacular backpacking adventures. The photo below is from a snow backpacking trip we did in February 2020, about a month before the world changed. El Cap is right behind my friend Tim’s head (the guy on the far left):
This will be the first time in the 14 years that I’ve been writing this blog that I’ll be taking a week off. Writing a daily blog is a strange thing in many ways because it really becomes a way of life, every day you write a post, it is the way.
Of course, the beauty of a blog is that you can schedule posts and I put a lot of thought into how to make next week a great week for my blog. And I think what I have queued up could make this one of my best weeks of content yet.
And I thought, why not give you a previous of what I’ll be featuring. So here’s what’s ahead. Oh, and I’m kicking off the week with something really special:
Monday – Interview with Michael Castello on a brand new development project he’s launching
Tuesday – Birthday reflections post (and it might get sappy)
Wednesday – Interview with @NamesakeMark, one of the key players in the Handshake domain world
Thursday – Guest post from surprise guest
Friday – Guest post from surprise guest
I’ve read the interview with Michael Castello twice now and I can honestly say, it’s one of the single best pieces of content I’ve ever had on my blog. I’m incredibly honored to have Michael sharing what he shares in this post and I think you all have a lot to look forward to as we kick off next week.
Right now I don’t exactly know how it’s going to feel going an entire week without writing a blog post, but I’m going to give it a shot. Yosemite is such a special place and I’m really looking forward to doing some awesome hikes, spending time at some of my old stomping grounds like The Ahwahnee Hotel, which if you haven’t seen before looks like something out of a movie:
Fun fact, the inside of the Ahwahnee was actually the inspiration for the inside of the hotel in The Shining.
As for hikes, one that is definitely on the list is Dewey Point which offers some of the most jaw-droppingly amazing views of Yosemite like this one I took last year:
That mountain you see there in the center of the photo is El Capitan and if you don’t know much about it I highly recommend watching the movie Free Solo. Note – I will not be climbing El Capitan.
I will be leaving comments open on all posts next week so comment away, just know that I likely won’t see or respond to them until I’m back. It’s absolutely humbling for me to have so many amazing readers all over the world, I write this blog for you and even if I’m off-the-grid for a week know that my blog will always be here for you.
Huge thanks to Michael Castello, Mark, and two special guests that will be revealed next week for sharing some truly exceptional content next week. Now it’s time to unplug, putting on my hiking boots, and go for a little adventure… 🥾 🏔