Adventuress in Great Unknowns

Mystical re-awakening to be documented by artist.

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Created by Red McMage - July 14th 2016

The word EPIC doesn't just mean "really long" or "happening upon cool terrain." The word EPIC describes the deeds and adventures of a heroic or legendary figure. Indeed, the winner of this EPIC contest must be someone capable of embodying that spirit.

I'm Red McMage. Traveler is part of my identity. My early 20s were filled with countless adventures behind wheels I'll never forget. I even lived my entire 25th year in a state of wanderlust, just me and my '71 VW bus, (no longer with us,) discovering new lands, making friends, creating magic, experiencing mystery; radiating the true spirit of an epic adventuress! A traveler is one who enters the unknown without in order to traverse unknowns within. Unquestionably, this is my favorite thing to do. But it's been 2 years since I last felt the wind of a traveler's freedom in my hair.

These days, now 28, I feel it is my purpose in life to make the world a better place as much as I can, while having as much fun as possible doing it. For whatever reason, my heart told me making videos is the way. On just August 3rd of this year I made a commitment to film, edit and release 1 new "vlog" every day for a year! The goal of my daily video project is to transmit feelings of awe, beauty, love and excitement for living! See how it's going here!: youtube.com/redmcmage

I get bubbly just imagining the impact this Roadtrip can have on the quality of my work and the delivery of my message.

Los Angeles. Current home. Launch point into the journey. Sayonara.

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315mi 05h 04m
Valley of Fire State Park
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29450 Valley of Fire Road, Overton, NV, US

Valley of Fire State Park

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This journey is to be spiritually revitalizing, by design and destiny alike. THIS is the nature of an epic. Epic figures don't chase photo ops. Epic figures rush to the edge of the known and peer into the abysses beyond. Where others find nothing, the epic protagonist finds herself. Thus, the first stop on my epic roadtrip is to Nevada's Valley of Fire, known for its ancient nature. Formed 150 million years ago, during the age of the dinosaurs, this landscape is also home to millennia old petroglyths and rock art of ancient peoples. I seek to embark on my journey with a meditation on these ideas, on all of that and those which came before, the aeons of everything that somehow culminated into the magnificent present moment I get to call my own. The beginning of an epic.

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213mi 04h 14m
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"The extremely appealing pool at the Holiday Inn, Sedona, with stunning red rocks in the background..."

152mi 03h 18m

What a pleasure to turn inwards within a desolate valley, but smart travelers know to track down the best "general stores" for proper supplies before setting off into the great unknown. Sedona, home to many of the world's most impressive healers, intuitives, artists and mystics and I wanna meet 'em! See what advice these soothsayers may offer as I set out to get lost.

149mi 02h 42m

Painted Desert, Arizona, United States

Mother Nature made an art installation. It's called the Painted Desert. Dream on, humanity.

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90mi 02h 54m
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"Painted Desert" Photo Credit: Wikipedia

165mi 04h 13m

Grand Canyon, Arizona, United States

A visit to this veritable Wonder of the World simply can't be missed. Perhaps I will venture into the valley to visit the Supai tribe, or simply wander off into some great chasm to experience my own insignificance. Who knows what will happen when sublimity blows my mind apart! (It's important to leave lots of room for chance to copilot this experience!)

"The Grand Canyon - Stunning" Photo Credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2X4U1mQzoE

230mi 04h 14m

Coral Pink Sand Dunes Rd, Kanab, Utah United States

That "coral pink sand dunes" can exist so far from any shore is a marvel all its own. One I simply must see. I want to see all the colors that great earth spits out, just spinning effortlessly.

41mi 00h 58m

Zion National Park, Utah, United States

Zion, for all its majesty and magnificence, has been sitting patiently atop my traveler's bucket list for too long. Specific goal: Climb to the top of Angels Landing: one of the scariest and most narrow hikes in the United States, a combination of steep switchbacks, precarious drop-offs, and beautiful scenery. The reward: a 360 degree view of the red rock canyon. Need it.

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52mi 01h 11m
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"Angel's Landing at Zion - AMAZING!" Photo Credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CIN-N5cNwk

43mi 00h 52m

The mysterious rock formations unique to Bryce Canyon have captured my imagination for years. They look like a giant hand scooped up the earth, like a child with handfuls of wet sand dripped it into little castles. I long to sit among them and contemplate that proverbial giant hand. Specific goal: Arrive here on the night of a new moon (aka, a moonless night of total darkness) for the ultimate stargazing experience.

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155mi 03h 25m
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"Lake Powell - Amazing!!!!" Photo Credit: http://kade.yourkwagent.com/atj/user/AdditionalGetAction.do?pageId=422617

187mi 04h 51m

Lake Powell, Utah, United States

Like much of Utah, Lake Powell looks like it belongs on another planet. To allow my imagination to take an extraterrestrial journey while my body cruises the road here on earth: This is my ultimate goal!

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33mi 01h 47m
Monument Valley
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Indn Route 42, Oljato-Monument Valley, AZ, US

Monument Valley

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It's so close, how could I not stop and visit this ultra famous landmark?

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155mi 02h 54m
Arches National Park
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N Highway 191, Moab, UT, US

Arches National Park

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Arches is a must. It is enormous abstract artwork sculpted by the wind! The real dream is to find myself an adventure guide and base jump off one of these behemoths! The thrill of that jump alone will capture the thrill that winning this sweepstakes is all about for me! Plus, at this point in my journey I'm looking forward to finding some delicious BBQ in Moab!

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246mi 04h 04m
Utah Olympic Park
4.5

3419 Olympic Pkwy, Park City, UT, US

Utah Olympic Park

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After so much wild nature exploration, I'm sure the Holiday Inn will loom like a glorious oasis once I reach Park City! A good shower, some groovy coffee shop vibes, and while I'm at it, a stop in to the Olympic Park for a bobsled ride! Or maybe some "extreme tubing"!

154mi 02h 38m

Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah, United States

After blitzing through the lower half of Utah, I will conclude my journey with a long drive to clear my mind. My final destination is the Bonneville Salt Flats. Should the weather play its role, the broad plain of the salt flats will be one giant mirror. Here I will stand and reflect on my journey, my fortune, and my place in this wide world.

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205mi 04h 15m
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"The Vegas Holiday Inn looks awesome!"

260mi 04h 54m

This is a sweepstakes baby! I believe in going out with a bang! A night in Vegas, another place I've never been before, at the probably the nicest Holiday Inn in America, to leave me ripe and ready to cozy back into the bosom of my real life. This is road tripping done right.

So close.... I hope I've made a good impression on you. All love, Red