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[…]

Avalanche Lake

As promised in my post of Heaven’s Peak, the stunning view of Avalanche Lake as  you first see it on the trail. That is of course, if you visit during the summer. The photo of Heaven’s Peak was taken from the small break in the trees on the opposite shore (lower right of photo). If Read more about Avalanche Lake[…]

Prairies of Badlands National Park

For my entire life, I have lived in the so called, fly over states. And while they may lack the magnificent mountain vistas of the western states, there are still some beautiful places that can make you feel small in the world. This photo was taken in the western end of Badlands National Park. The prairies Read more about Prairies of Badlands National Park[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Planning for Australia 

Where to begin?! That was my thought the other day after some preliminary route planning for our 2017 Australia trip. We decided a few years ago that we wanted to go to Australia to celebrate my wife’s graduation from medical school. It seems appropriate since our last great adventure was just before she started. This Read more about Planning for Australia […]

Planning for upcoming adventures

A couple years ago, we went on our personal benchmark setting road trip through, 9 states and 6 beautiful national parks. With well over five thousand miles covered, we were exhausted. But it was such fun! We went on this amazing trip in part because it was likely that this would be our last chance Read more about Planning for upcoming adventures[…]

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. […]

Lots of changes and a road trip!

So, it’s been a while since my last post. For those who were following me before my hiatus, my apologies. Much has happened in the past year and a half. In this post, I’ll cover a few of the high points and briefly touch on our Summer road trip! One of the biggest events was taking Read more about Lots of changes and a road trip![…]