Southbound on the Icefields Parkway

Finally, the time had come, we were on the last day of our first Canadian adventure. We’d seen some truly remarkable places and were already hoping to return, but there was one more stretch of road to cover. We don’t usually take out-and-back routes on our trips, but when you get to see one of Read more about Southbound on the Icefields Parkway[…]

Jasper and the Icefields Parkway

Our short time in Banff had come to an end and the next stage of our adventure was about to begin! The Icefields Parkway begins just North of Lake Louise and there are a couple things you need to keep in mind if you plan to take this route. First, services are extremely limited, there Read more about Jasper and the Icefields Parkway[…]

Exploring Banff

On our second day in Banff we had less of a plan for what we were going to do. But, after the less than ideal nature of our visit to Moraine Lake and Lake Louise the day before, we thought we’d get an earlier start and maybe beat the crowds. We grabbed breakfast at our Read more about Exploring Banff[…]

Zabriskie Point Pano

Vague Destinations

I left off in may last post, leaving Tucson on our way to Las Vegas. The thing with this trip, along with many others, we’ve learned not to get bogged down in the details. Before our Great Roadtrip of 2013, which I’ve touched on in previous posts, I was a bit of a planner, every detail had to be ironed out and it honestly got to be too much when planning a two week trip with nowhere specific to be at any point in time. So what did we do… wing it of course. It was a great trip, despite its hiccups and ever since, I’ve been more of the research the possibilities and then see where we end up type.

This trip had a few destinations, centered around specific interview times and places, but was otherwise like most of our trips. Get up in the morning and see where the road takes us. When we left Tucson on a Friday evening, we had nowhere to be until Monday morning. We had discussed where we could go during this time, but hadn’t really solidified anything due in part to the fluctuating weather in the area. Northern Arizona is one of those places, like the Midwest, when it comes to winter weather, maybe cool and pleasant, maybe freezing with two feet of snow. Thankfully on this trip, it was the former. Our late departure and empty stomachs meant we were only going to get so far before we’d be stopping for the night. We aren’t much into the nightlife scene so our brief stop in Phoenix was just long enough to enjoy dinner and then we were off again. We would make our way on to beautiful Sedona for the night. […]

Saguaro National Park

Adventures in New Places

The New Year has brought about a somewhat unique opportunity. I was able to travel with my wife on her trip to the Southwest as she interviews at potential residency programs. The idea of me going was two fold, one and probably the most important, was that if we’re going to consider living in these Read more about Adventures in New Places[…]

St. Mary Falls

The hike out to St. Mary Falls is a nice one, not very challenging, and with a nice reward. If you have the time, and I recommend that even if you don’t, find it, and go on to Victoria Falls. It’s a little further, but as you can see it’s worth the trip.

Sunset Over West Yellowstone

This image was captured in early July, just inside Wyoming near the West Yellowstone entrance. The boardwalk you see is actually part of Two Ribbon Trail. With sunset closing in, we didn’t have time to do this one. We were off to search for dinner and then a place to stay for the night that Read more about Sunset Over West Yellowstone[…]

Jenny Lake Trail

The longest hike of our long road trip was the loop around Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park. It started out with every single parking spot and some areas that weren’t, being filled with cars. So, as commited to seeing Hidden Falls as we were, we found the next nearest place we could stop Read more about Jenny Lake Trail[…]

Grazing Bison

This image, like many I’ve taken was from the road through Grand Teton National Park. While I wish I’d spent more time composing the original shot, I think I was able to crop it decently. One thing I remember from a photography class I took back in high school is the rule-of-thirds. The grazing group Read more about Grazing Bison[…]

Two types of photographs

In our living room there are two types of photographs hanging on the walls. There are those of family and friends taken at birthday parties, family reunions and holiday gatherings and then there are those of the beautiful places we’ve been. Each and every photo has a story to tell. There is something distinctly different Read more about Two types of photographs[…]