The Journey is the Objective

August 14, 2018

I arrived in North Cascades on Sunday evening.  On Monday morning, I was throughly exhausted.  I traveled 2,397 miles to wake up here, in the mountains, just a couple of hours from the US-Canadian border.  

I'd been busy, day and night, for several weeks planning for the trip up here.  Cascade was going to be my time to slow down and recharge.

Suffice it to say, my plans for North Cascades National Park weren't ambitious.  I felt content to relax and enjoy the freedom.

I could feel the pace of life slowing.  All the superfluous noise and distractions faded into the shadows cast by necessary actions and experience...

August 12, 2018

I landed in Boise just after midnight.  Suffice it to say, the flight had plenty of drama.  Paul, 46 from Boise, had a heart attack on the plane and was brought into first class to be worked on by two passengers conscripted into action; a doctor in first class and an ex-law-enforcement officer from coach.

When we landed in Boise, the paramedics came onboard to take over.  With the patient off the plane and in good hands, it was time to get on with it.  

I found Ellie in the parking garage with the MiniTrail still on the back, just like I left them. I was a little concerned about the MiniTrail, so seeing them both was a bit of...

August 5, 2018

I stopped for the night near Montrose because I wanted to check out Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

Within a few hours I was on the road and headed for Grand Junction.  

I found a cool lot (in Montrose, I think), filled with old rusty cars.  I was intrigued so I stopped to have a closer look.  I keep an open mind when it comes to taking photos in a situation like this.  I'm just open for a story or a pattern.  On this day, the retro-style of old automobile badges and logos stood out to me.

I took Interstate 70 west from Grand Junction toward Utah.  I drove into a sandstorm just before the state line.

I crossed...

August 5, 2018

I pushed through to Montrose the night before so I could use the morning to explore my first National Park of 2018.  Somehow, I'm just learning of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. 

Colorado has four National Parks in total.  Rocky Mountain and Mesa Verde National Parks are the big ones.  Great Sand Dunes National Park is still on my to-do list and Gunnison was on tap for today.  

The Park is separated into the North and South Rim.  Driving up to the North Rim takes 90 minutes, one way. There was no time for the North Rim, so I spent the morning exploring the South Rim.

From US-50, I took the...

August 3, 2018

August. Time to hit the road.

Olympic National Park in Washington State is the main objective for 2018.  

Why Olympic?  Well, it's a National Park I've never visited, so that checks off the most basic requirement.  I've heard good things .  The pictures also seem to have an etherial quality, so I'm excited about the photographic opportunities as well.

So Olympic as the impetus seemed like a solid plan.  Its Proximity to North Cascades. Rainer, and Crater Lake National Parks sealed the deal.  The Northwest is a great choice for 2018.

Being from Dallas means Washington State isn't close.  I've planned for 3 weeks but max...

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