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Two Dragons welcome the sunrise with an improvised dance atop the Andes. Photo by Ryan Gasper.


What’s up! My name is Jackson Sides, and I live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I graduated from high school last May, and last fall, I spent the first part of my gap year in Washington, D.C. interning for a member of Congress. I had a great time and learned a lot in my time there, but it is safe to say the next few months will be a lot more of an adventure!

For fun, I like to hang out with my friends, watch sports, watch The Office, and cooking. I’m excited for this trip because I have little experience in hiking or camping, both things I’ve always wanted to get into, but I haven’t had the chance until now.  I’m a pretty extroverted person, and I love being around people and meeting new people, so I can’t wait to get this journey started with y’all. I can’t wait to meet y’all in just a few days!


P.S.  Sam, if you are reading this, pick me up a ticket if you get one… I’m still in denial over the Saints not being there hahaha