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[…]

In Pursuit of Banff’s Lakes

Once we’d officially arrived in Banff National Park, it was hard not to stop at every pull out along the road. I’ve been through the American Rockies, although not all of them, but the Canadian Rockies just seemed so much more imposing as you drive along the Trans-Canada Highway. Everywhere you look there are beautiful Read more about In Pursuit of Banff’s Lakes[…]

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. […]

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[…]

Why I’m inspired to travel

What inspires you to travel? Or do you even like to travel? If you don’t, read on, maybe you’ll end up with a different outlook on what traveling can do for you. There are many reasons to travel. Work and pleasure may be the two that come to mind first. There are others, although I Read more about Why I’m inspired to travel[…]

Yellowstone

As our next trip is a fair ways off, this seems like a good time to reminisce about road trips of summers past. This particular post is, as you might have guessed, about our trip to Yellowstone National Park. Back in the summer of 2013 we took a trip which set the benchmark for all of our Read more about Yellowstone[…]

Going the extra mile… or three

This past October, my wife and I needed a break. She had just completed a very stressful two month rotation at school and it was no walk in the park for the rest of the family either. During this same time, my step-father passed away after a battle with cancer. His passing was sudden and unexpected. It was one of those moments where you take stock of your situation and consider a great many things.

We knew that after her rotation we would like to take some time to get away and unwind, but during the lead up to our break, we nearly scrapped our plans to take a trip for a variety of reasons. After my step-father’s passing, we decided that we needed to go. Life is just too short to let some  things stand in your way of enjoying it.

So, with the weight of the situation on us, we decided that we would take our trip. After deciding on a few of the details, our flight was booked, rental car was reserved and bags were packed. This trip was one that we had been hoping to take for several years. Going back to over three years ago, when we were beat by the sunset to Arches National Park. […]