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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

My Marvelous Road Trip to the Utah JUG

I have many fond memories from speaking at the Utah JUG over the years. I fell in love with Utah when I worked at Overstock in 2011 and experienced the greatest snow on earth. It's wild to reminisce about 2018 too. I spoke at the Denver JUG on Wednesday, then woke up early on Thursday and drove eight hours (through multiple snow storms) and made it 15 minutes before my talk. I lost a windshield wiper in the process and didn't have time to replace it, so it permanently etched a line in the vehicle's windshield. In February 2020, I did a Rocky Mountain JUG tour with Ray Tsang. That's when I learned that Ray is really good at pool.

Because of these experiences, I always jump at the opportunity when I'm invited back. This year, I decided to take my time and do a road trip in my trusty VW Vanagon (Stout) to Utah. I planned to mountain bike in Fruita and Moab along the way, then ski at a couple Utah resorts before returning home.

Since I have the time, I'm road-tripping to speak at the Utah JUG on Thursday. I hope to find some nice powder and singletrack along the way. Wish me luck! #FunEmployment #StoutTheSyncro

I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a storm coming the night before my departure on April 16th. I quickly altered my plans and fell into an 18" powder day at Copper Mountain on Tuesday morning.

Found 18" (46cm) freshies at Copper this morning! Found 18" (46cm) freshies at Copper this morning! Found 18" (46cm) freshies at Copper this morning!

That afternoon, I drove to Fruita and went for a mountain bike ride on 18 Road. There are not many places where it's possible to have an epic powder day and do an awesome mountain bike ride in the same day. I love Colorado!

Skiing and mountain biking in the same day? Yes please! New Trail at Fruita

Sweet singletrack in Fruita named Joe's Ridge. You have to work for it, but it's spectacular on the way down!  #RoadTrip #FunEmployment

I camped in Stout that night and woke up to a beautiful desert morning. After some coffee and oatmeal with raspberries and walnuts, I headed for Moab.

#StoutTheSyncro and I camped far away from everyone I love waking up in the desert!

I stopped at Klondike Bluffs for a 16.2 mile ride that took me 3½ hours. I was gassed at the top but thoroughly enjoyed the views.

Dino-Flow at Klondike Bluffs Top of Alaska trail at Klondike Bluffs Homer trail at Klondike Bluffs

My Trusty Steed Gorgeous view from the top!

I finished driving to Salt Lake City on Wednesday afternoon. I'm always impressed with how close, and gorgeous, the mountains are to the city.

The mountains driving into Salt Lake City are spectacular!

On Thursday morning, I released a new version of the Micronaut blueprint for JHipster, then hit the slopes at Snowbird. The weather was fantastic for spring skiing.

Cruisin' blues ⛷️ at Snowbird the Utah JUG meetup Cruisin' blues ⛷️ at Snowbird the Utah JUG meetup

I made sure to get some runs in at Alta too.

I took a few runs at Alta too! More Alta views

I dressed up as an old-fashioned Java developer on Thursday evening and headed to the Utah JUG meetup at Lucid's Global HQ. I was pleasantly surprised to see a full room of Java enthusiasts. Before my talk, Jason Porter announced that it was his last meeting as President of UJUG. He served in this role for 11.5 years and was amazing at it. Congratulations on your retirement, Jason!

I spoke about Micro Frontends for Java Microservices and used JHipster to demonstrate how it all worked.

My slide deck was similar to the one I delivered at Devnexus the previous week, with minor enhancements.

I received a lot of positive feedback on LinkedIn after my talk, particularly from college students that Jason had invited from his alma mater. This put a smile of satisfaction on my face well into the evening.

On Friday, I woke up early to get a start on my road trip home. I was originally planning to ski another mountain in Utah, but realized I could make it to Steamboat by noon, and chose that route instead. Stout's red-blinky-light alerted me that something was wrong when I stopped at the gas station. Two quarts of oil fixed things and I was on my way. The open road with minimal traffic was wonderful.

I love the open road in Colorado!

I arrived at Steamboat around noon, just in time for spring skiing in a t-shirt.

#StoutTheSyncro made it to Steamboat! Spring skiing at Steamboat

It's t-shirt weather at #Steamboat today! 😃⛷️ Mmmmm, beer 🍻

After Steamboat, I headed to our Ski Chalet in Winter Park for the weekend. Friends joined us for an end-of-ski-season celebration in Mary Jane's Challenger lot on Saturday morning.

Early bird gets a prime parking spot! #SpringSkiing #MaryJane #GoNuggets Spring skiing party crew! ❤️

We ended up with quite the crew!

Sunday was a sunny, bluebird day. The kids and I ended our ski season with a final run down Trestle and a stop at the treehouse.

Bluebird day on the last day of our ski season! Happy Kids at Trestle

More photos on Flickr → Road Trip to Utah JUG 2024

I arrived home late Sunday night. I'm proud of Stout for successfully completing the trip. Now I have even more fond memories of speaking at the Utah JUG. Thanks to Jason Porter, Don Bogardus, and Jonathan Bronson for the opportunity! 😊

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