NetApp Insight 2016 in Las Vegas is finally here. Months of preparation and tons of Powerpoint slides are coming to a close and next week, I’ll be able to deliver on the work I’ve put in. If you’re interested in what sessions I’m doing, I list them in Will I see you at #NetAppInsight 2016?
This year, the hashtag #NextStopInsight is being promoted to track the exploits of the various speakers and attendees making their way there.
I flew out on the 23rd and got a rental car. I lucked out – I got a nice Fiat 500 SUV, with a sunroof!
The drive to St. George was about 2 hours, so I made sure to fuel up on some In N Out burger before I left. Because health.
The speed limit between Vegas and St. George is 75 most of the way, which is nice. There’s also a really cool segment of highway that winds through some immense mountains. Makes you feel super small and insignificant. I’m going to try to set up the camera to get some video during the drive on the way back if I can.
Once I arrived, I made my way out to take a short hike in Pioneer Park. Climbed some big ol’ rocks.
Tomorrow, I head out to Zion National Park to do some hiking. Hopefully, I don’t end up like this guy:
I arrived at Zion on Saturday around 11AM and took the shuttle in from Springdale. I had planned on hiking the Narrows but decided I didn’t feel like dealing with the water and changing shoes. So I chose Angel’s Landing, due to its expansive views and the challenge.
It was quite an effort getting up there. Lots of inclines and switchbacks. Reminded me a bit of Waipi’o Valley in Hawaii, but a little harder. Easier than Fuji though.
It took me a few hours to get up there, and the last leg of the hike was a bit treacherous, but I made it and it was worth it.
Valley of Fire
The next day, on the way to Las Vegas for Insight, I made a stop through the Valley of Fire. It was pretty cool, but after Zion, meh. 🙂
I’m in Vegas now, so come find me and see if I have any Tech ONTAP podcast swag on me!
Check out a photographic account of my travel exploits on my way to Insight:
I also made a video. Because I’m a nerd.