Summer Vacations from A.I.
As the season of summer begins to wrap up, everyone at Aerial Innovations reflects on how they’ve spent the last few months. Much of the crew were lucky enough to visit interesting and memorable parts of the world!
Colette visited Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Julie visited various national treasures through Oregon and Washington state. Sarah visited the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. James visited his home state of Virginia.
Colette visited the beautiful islands of the Galapagos back in June, where she learned a few tricks and trades from the locals and explored the beautiful country. It was an interesting and unforgettable experience!
You can read more about her vacation on the Galapagos article.
Julie took an adventurous journey throughout Oregon and Washington state. She biked almost everywhere! Landing in Portland, she moved on to the Columbia River Gorge and witnessed the breathtaking Multnomah Falls. The falls are 620’ tall!
From there, she found peace with Mount Hood, and visited the historic Timberland Lodge. Known as the Wy’east by the Multnomah tribe, Mount Hood is actually a potentially active volcano.
Her journey continued to Bend, Oregon and Crater lake. Crater lake proved itself to be a true blue, and is known as the deepest lake in America.
Established in 1902, Crater Lake National Park is a beauty and a must-see when visiting Oregon. The lake is located in the Cascade Mountains in southern Oregon, and was formed by collapsed volcano known as Mount Mazama.
Ending her trip from the Pacific Coast Highway, Julie rode up to Haystack Rock.
Overall, this is the 20th National Park she holds under her belt!!
Sarah took a 2,275 mile trip from Tampa, FL to the Tuweep Campground in Grand Canyon, AZ. Located in Grand Canyon National Park, this North Rim of the Canyon was a two and a half day trip. The drive went through Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah.
The North Rim, a more vacant side of the famous park, only receives 10% of the Grand Canyon tourism. The North Rim gives the illusion of vacancy and calmness, and is truly a remote area to visit. After exiting the main road, a three hour drive on a dirt road leads to this remote campsite. The Park Rangers were shocked to find out that this extreme camping trip was her first trip to the Grand Canyon…EVER!
All campers must pack extra water, gasoline, food, and anything they might need. There is no running water or phone service at Tuweep, which adds to the intensity. On top of it all, you need a high clearance video and to be aware that roads may be impassable and muddy.
After a couple days, Sarah and her friend had no neighbors and the quietness was unreal. They could hear the flap of raven wings from 30 feet away! The North Rim is over 8,000 feet in elevation, and the temperature at night was in the 40s.
Leaving the North Rim, they visited Glen Canyon National Park. This park includes Lake Powell, Arizona, and Utah.
James visited Richmond, Virginia this past summer. He visited his sister and family, along with his father and son. James spent one week up there, and was able to have some quality bonding time that you just can’t get without your whole family.
He also visited his hometown of Hampton, Virginia. Not having been back for 20 years, visiting his hometown was an interesting and enjoyable experience.
Robert plans on visiting Key West, Florida soon with his wife, Kayla, and his in-laws. Stay tuned with all of our future plans and vacations!