Gautam Kandlikar

I eat to run and take my running slow. I run by going where I have to go.

Instablog – June 24, 2018 at 05:34PM

Oof da. Contemplating the mille mysteries of Lake Mille Lacs, doooon’t cha knoooow? #millelacs #minnesota #boating #whereswalleye #landoftenthousandlakes #minnesotasummer #tiedye #etoiledunord #skymeetswater #lakecountry via Instagram

Instablog – June 21, 2018 at 07:30PM

Experiment with portrait mode. Sunsets and portraits are hard! #portraitmode #sunset #light #lake #excelsiormn #lakeminnetonka #vscocam via Instagram

Instablog – June 14, 2018 at 09:16PM

All paths lead to #Excelsior

Seriously though, how does Excelsior not have it’s own instagram?! #summer #minnesota #lakes #running #twincities #southwestburbs via Instagram

Instablog – June 08, 2018 at 02:20PM

Platte River, meet the Missouri. Missouri, Platte.
#confluence #missouri #platteriver #corpsofdiscovery #lewisandclark #rivers #roadtrip #geography via Instagram

Instablog – June 07, 2018 at 09:54PM

I have seen many a wacky a thing on my trip so far and this is one among them. Welcome to the Scotts Bluff National Monument in Scottsbluff,
Nebraska. It is a landmark that helped many an emigrant to the American West orient him/herself. Scotts Bluff is about 4000 ft above sea level. Omaha, on the other side of Nebraska, is about 1000 ft. So the emigrant caravans not only had to go through 400 miles of prairie, they had to do that over a gradual incline. And as a runner, I know any incline is worse than no incline at all… so the settlers had hard work cut out for them. From Scotts Bluff you can allegedly see the highest peak in eastern Wyoming, Laramie Peak. At 13,000 ft, Laramie Peak is imposing. And as the helpful internet points out, reaching Scotts Bluff was a sign for the settlers that they had surmounted the challenge of the prairie and that the Rockies lay ahead. I have mad respect for all those who made the journey. It is not easy to negotiate the terrain, and to have to do so with all your life’s possessions to start a fresh life takes some courage.
See, Nebraska is not just all corn! It has some interesting geology. The reason these bluffs exist is that about 30M years ago, the tops of the bluffs were part of a plain. A lot of the soil has since eroded, but the parts protected by hardier stone have stayed in place. All the striations in the side of the hill are large and more numerous. If you have the time to visit oddball spots in Western Nebraska, surely go check it out! I didn’t have the time to hike up to the top of Scotts Bluff but I hope I will some day. Until then, enjoy this picture! #scottsbluff #nationalmonuments #nps #prairie #nebraska #hiking #oregontrail #emigranttrail #platteriver #stratum via Instagram

Instablog – June 06, 2018 at 08:55PM

Fun fact: I had first heard about Jackson Hole, WY in the first couple of years after I had moved to the US… back then Mr Dick Cheney, who was VP and from JH loved to go hunting there. So for the longest time I associated it with the gun-rights people… and that I probably didn’t want to be there. Only recently, while planning my road trip did I realize that it was the most reasonable option for me to stay close to Yellowstone NP. And man have I been pleasantly surprised after spending a couple of days there. It has a lot of character despite being super Bougie… the Bougie was only a notch below Santa Monica. OTOH Moab, UT was several notches below. People seem to genuinely care about conservation as much as they want to hunt. Tourism is such a big part of the economy that people can’t afford to not be welcoming to visitors. It is interesting that roughly 100% of Wyoming’s economy is linked to natural resources which are in stark contrast to each other: mining/resource extraction and recreation/resource conservation. Wyoming residents have a lot to sort through as they plan for the future… it’s clear which camp JH falls in. The city of JH could stand to do a couple of things to improve the visitor experience (eg a shuttle service from various hotels to draw people to the city center area.) Also now that I have been here I don’t understand why all endurance athletes train in Boulder, CO. JH just seems so much better suited for endurance sports… someone with more knowledge of the particulars please educate me on this point! Overall I thought it was a fun little town. If I were to plan a future visit to Yellowstone/GT I would start here. #jacksonhole #jacksonwy #yellowstone #grandteton #nationalparks #roadtrip #state38 #naturalresources #conservation via Instagram

Instablog – June 05, 2018 at 11:37PM

I must have crossed the divide, what, about 6 times today in the @yellowstonenps? And a total of 8 times on this trip already if not more. When I cross it tomorrow, though there will be no crossing back after the Togwotee Pass on US Hwy 26/287! Wyoming you have been fun! I will come back for the Red Desert!

#roadtrip #continentaldivide #crossingthedivide #state38done #nebraskabound #yellowstonenationalpark #awesome via Instagram