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...

September 4, 2017

My stay in Rocky Mountain National Park was just an overnighter.  I found a campsite at Timber Creek Campground just inside The Park's East Entrance.  I unloaded the MiniTrail and went for a short ride to do some fishing at the Baker-Bowen trailhead.  I fished for a couple of hours and returned to the campsite to get some wood and make a fire.

The Timber Creek Campground was once heavily wooded, but a pine beetle infestation left the site without its mature trees.  Today it looks barren, offering no privacy from other campers in adjacent sites, particularly when compared to other campgrounds in the park....

September 1, 2017

After 3 wonderful days, it was time to leave Glacier and head toward Washing State. The original plan was to pass through Spokane to see an old fried on my way to Olympic National Park.  I won't be making it to Olympic this trip, but getting to Spokane was definitely going to happen.  

I wanted a shower before getting on the road for another thousand miles but there are no pay showers in Glacier.  The Park Ranger at the Fish Creek Campground gave me a list of shower options outside of the park and I drove around West Glacier checking out several,

I eventually decided on the KOA...

August 29, 2017

For my last full day in Glacier, I wanted to drive up to Polebridge, a remote area on the west edge of the park, near the U.S. border with Canada.  Polebridge is a part of Glacier where the roads are unpaved and nature is pristine.   

Before heading north, I did a little more campsite recon.  This time I drove through the Fish Creek Campground, just a few minutes north from Apgar. It's a large campground with serval loops and many great sites.   Fish Creek is different for a couple of reasons; they take reservations and they have showers.  Since there are no pay showers in the park, this can be an imp...

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