By Bryan Codi
What does an Austin Adventure guide do when the guide season is over? For some, guiding is never over because it has become part of your life and who you are. Our guides are almost constantly in “guide mode” whether it is sharing insider knowledge of wherever they are, doing impromptu WOWs in unlikely locations, or driving safely across unknown terrain.
Once this amazing year in Yellowstone National Park has concluded for me, I will be headed to Italy for some work in the olive orchards of Le Vigne (outside of Perugia) processing olive oil for the 2014 harvest. Of course no trip to the region is complete without some wild game dinners with the locals, shopping for local pottery and of course plenty of wine tasting!
Upon returning from Italy I will be headed straight into the wilderness of Colorado to outfit and guide the 2014 elk hunting season. Taking several thousand pounds of gear on horseback several miles into the wilderness, we will be setting up a rustic camp that will be our home for almost 2 weeks. Cutting firewood by hand and preparing all of our gourmet meals is a small task compared to the miles of tracking and stalking that we will do in pursuit of our trophy, the Rocky Mountain Elk. Black bear, coyote, wolves and mountain lions are hunting as well so we won’t be alone!
Following elk hunting camp I will head south for a week of rock climbing and canyoneering en route to Flagstaff, Arizona. On the menu is traditional climbing in Indian Creek, Utah on the way to Canyonlands National Park, slot canyoneering in the San Rafael Swell outside of Moab and wandering through the endless Zion National Park. Watery river crossings and rappels into the great unknown become par for the course during this week of technical exploration.
Arriving in Flagstaff marks another great page in my career, this November I will be guiding another whitewater expedition down the Grand Canyon. 240 miles of whitewater through the most remote parts of the world can be exciting, but it is our hand-chosen group that will make it memorable. Guides from past careers, friends from across the country and my mom Nancy celebrating her birthday are among the lucky few that will be a part of this year’s private expedition.
Once December rolls around and we are off the river, I will have a few days to dry out before headed to the Florida Keys for an annual offshore fishing trip. It is tough to do a proper surf and turf with only elk in the freezer, so into the Gulf of Mexico we will head in search of Blackfin Tuna, Mahi-Mahi, and Wahoo. Of course, we will try extra hard to have a little bit of fun while doing it.
Note: Bryan Codi will be back next season guiding Austin Adventures’Â award-winning Yellowstone National Park Vacations and Yellowstone National Park Family Vacations. If you book your 2015 trip by November 1, 2014, you’ll receive 2014 pricing!