I'm entering my final week of sabbatical (6 week vacation) and please ignore the bad example of me in the office writing this while on my sabbatical, but my fav backpacking and outdoor gear shop Next Adventure is a couple blocks away and I needed to say hi to colleagues and post this. The last 5 weeks have been filled with some amazing adventures some solo, some with friends, and some with my 3 kids all over Oregon. I will fill you in on all of those stories complete with photos and videos when I return, but you can always get glimpses on my Instagram Feed @ShaanHurley.
Tomorrow, early morning I am leaving for Seattle and then Stevens Pass area of Washington state, high in the cascades for some backpacking up into the alpine lakes such as Jade lake. I may be overly optimistic on the daily elevation climbs or minimizing the risks of of get eaten by a bear, mountain lion, or bit by a cute rabid marmot, but it will be an epic adventure and a great way to finish this sabbatical. I am so grateful that Autodesk provides this for employees to get away, clear the mind, and come back fresh and invigorated for the next challenge.
I cant wait to share the stories of my summer and hopefully inspire others to get out and enjoy life making memories.