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πŸ§ͺ Johns Hopkins Biochemistry PhD Student 🏞 | πŸ₯ | πŸ—Ί | 🌿 πŸ“ Baltimore, MD (Home) πŸ”œ Vancouver, BC (Feb 2019)

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Things are really starting to ramp up with my startup, we’re about to cash in the first check from our seed investors and also starting to sign paperwork for our labspace! My team now consists of 10 members ranging from PhD scientists to professional athletes, and best of all they’re all my friends so I can trust them to get shit doneπŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ”¬
Less than 3 weeks before I fly out to BC! Turquoise waters and glacial lakes were stunning in Jasper/Banff, but I’m ready to be back in the foggy forests of the (Canadian) PNW. If anyone has recommendations for some scenic hikes in southern BC, I’m all ears! 🌿
This was on my drive to Moraine Lake from Jasper, which took me across the Icefields Parkway that connects Jasper to Banff and I thought the 4.5 hour solo drive would be hella monotonous, but I stopped fairly regularly to get out of my car and get shots of the Rockies like this one 🏞
When I went to Moraine Lake during the daytime last year, I was like β€œshit, it can’t get any better than this”. Boy was I was wrong. It’s even better at dusk with partly cloudy skies 🏞
Oh look, it’s me, my Spirit Island cruise group was all old people, so at the Island I had no competition for the ledges like this that required some climbing to get to πŸ§—πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ
There was a bald eagle nest somewhere along the left and although I didn’t get to see any adult eagles, I did hear a lot of chicks chirping in the high-up nests though, which was good enough for me πŸ¦…
Life update: I’m defending my thesis proposal in early December so I can resume my regularly-scheduled moody nature content shortly after that. I also secured my first round of seed funding and investors for my startup! We’re proceeding full steam ahead with product research and development in January πŸ‘¨πŸ»β€πŸ”¬
Excuse the brief hiatus, been busy with writing my thesis proposal and doing startup stuff. Anyway, I went back to Moraine Lake again when I was in Banff and it was just as magnificent as the first time when I went a year ago. I very much plan on going back to the lake for a third visit when I return to Jasper next summer 🏞
Here it is guys, Spirit Island, the meat and potatoes of my Jasper trip! I got there via the last ferry of the day so we had the whole island to ourselves. It was mostly cloudy but we got momentary slivers of direct sunlight that lasted 3-5 seconds each time, and I was fortunate enough to get a few good shots with the sunlight hitting the cluster of evergreens on the island 🏞
The two methods of reaching Spirit Island were either traversing 20km on a canoe followed by camping overnight, or a $120 ferry ride. I went with the ferry ride but next time I come back to Jasper, I’ll be going the canoe/camping route 🏞
When stuck with stifling amounts of tourist crowds at a lake lookout, just jump the railing and find your own free space (I don’t fuck with railings that have signs that indicate risk of falling tho) 🏞
I’ve only been home for 3 weeks and it feels like my Jasper trip happened ages ago after I got sucked back into the whirlwind of academia, I miss my Rocky Mountain fam @alexandriaoggie @caitlinp31 πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Jasper National Park.. 1 person, 14 days, 2000 miles (3200km) driven, innumerable changes in elevation, and countless new experiences and sights.. There’s so many benefits to solo travel, but there are downsides; like doing all the driving by yourself (which was daunting but the views of nature along the way made up for it) 🏞
Hope you guys will appreciate the (temporary) shift in content vibe from green to blue, lakes and waterfalls and rivers were a big feature of my time in Jasper 🏞
Would much rather be in Jasper rn instead of writing this PhD thesis proposal, which is essentially me convincing faculty that my thesis project is worthwhile, which I guess won’t require a ton of convincing since everyone knows malaria is bad (coming up with experiments that will discover something new about the biochemistry of the parasite is the hard part) πŸ’‰
Sometimes it’s worth venturing deeper into a trail beyond the main attractions because you sometimes find views like this. Even better is that you usually have the view to yourself because the troves of tourists wouldn’t deviate further from the main attractions 🏞
Since I spent last summer in Banff and now Jasper this year, I think it’ll be easy for me to continue this trend next summer with BC (plus Jasper again cuz there’s so much I didn’t get to see) πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
Before I go into the cool landscape I’ve seen, I just wanna say that solo travel is the most gratifying when you make friends along the way. The Canadians know how to have a good time! I feel like this summer-trip-to-Canada streak I’ve been on will be continuing in the coming summers πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦
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