Amplified Reality Tour - Itinerary

August 1, 2021

We're interested in what's going on with the VR Community so this itinerary includes some events, opportunities to meet tech professionals & devs, introductions to VR, and more.

This tour focuses on the western half of the US, but we'll plan others. If you're available and in a particular area during the dates listed, join Sonya for a hike to discuss virtual reality while enjoying some time in our beautiful national parks.

Sonya also has some limited openings for consults so please reach out if you'd like to schedule one. For events or hiking, come prepared to be yourself, get real, and have fun!

(This itinerary will be updated regularly with any changes, additional information about trailheads, etc. Some information is intentionally left out as it isn't yet confirmed. Dates are subject to change, particularly if there are additional VR related events in late Sept. / early Oct.)

Monday, August 2

Driving day - 11 hours

Tuesday, August 3

Lunch with Jake of VR Bros

Wednesday, August 4

Waxahachie, TX

Lunch with Devin Richman of Devster Games, Swords of Gurrah

Thursday, August 5

Austin, TX

Lunch with Carlos Austin, photographer & VR evangelist

Thursday, August 5

Austin, TX

Dinner with Phaser Lock Interactive

Saturday, August 7

Guadalupe Mountains National Park – Devil’s Hall Trail

Meet at 11 am

moderate trail, 3.8 miles

Tuesday, August 10

White Sands National Park - Alkali Flat Trail

Meet at noon

strenuous, 5-mile trail

Thursday, August 12

Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

meet at 10 am for hike

Sunday, August 15

Mesa Verde National Park

Mug House tour

9 am - must arrive early so plan to meet at 8:00 at Wetherill Mesa kiosk (same starting point as Long House)

$25 per person guided ranger tour, 2.25 miles roundtrip, 90 minutes

This strenuous 90-minute, 2.25-mile (4.8 km) round-trip hike is along an unpaved, uneven trail that descends 100 ft (30 m), and includes steep drop-offs, switchbacks, and scrambling up and down boulders. Each hiker must be able to scramble over boulders and navigate steep gravel trails unassisted.

You must purchase ticket in advance.

If you haven't been to Mesa Verde before, it's a long drive to Wetherill Mesa so allow plenty of time to arrive prior to the hike.

Tuesday, August 16

Arches National Park

Hike to Delicate Arch

Meet at Wolfe Ranch Trailhead at 11 am

3 miles roundtrip, 3-hour hike, strenuous

Climb of 480 feet up steep rock slope. Bring plenty of water, as in gallons of water. Last time I took this hike, I had 3 gallons of water. I drank 2 and gave away 1 to people in need. I'm not even kidding.

August 20 - 22

Warrior Gamer Foundation Brain Health Summit

VR for Wellness (as part of the overall summit and events that are taking place)

Wednesday, August 25

Grand Teton National Park

Hike to Hidden Falls via Jenny Lake Loop Trail

Hike at 10 am, meet by 9:00-9:30 to get a parking space, parking fills early

4.8 miles round trip, 2-3 hours, easy to moderate hike

We're going to take our time on this hike. This day is my birthday so let's celebrate in the wilderness with a picnic and a visit to the Hidden Falls!

August 26-27

University visits re VR

Sunday - Tuesday, August 28 - August 31

Olympic National Park

Wednesday & Thursday, Sept. 1-2

Seattle-based VR developers (contact me to set up a time)

BigBox VR

Friday, Sept. 3 to Monday, Sept. 6

PAX West

Seattle, WA

Thursday, September 9 - Friday, September 10

Boise, Idaho

VR presentation

Wednesday, September 16-18


Salt Lake City, Utah

Week of Sept 20

Yosemite National Park

Week of Sept 27

San Francisco area

Oct 3 – Oct 15

Los Angeles area

October 18 - 19

Death Valley National Park

Darwin Falls Trail via Old Troll Road

1.9 miles, easy hike

October 20-23

Zion National Park

Hike to be announced.

Week of October 25

Las Vegas

VR event / meetup

November 5-7

St. Louis, Missouri

VR event / meetup