Columbia River Gorge, Oregon and Washington, Part 1

The most amazing waterfall photos on Flickr and 500px always seem to be from one of two places:  Iceland or the Columbia River Gorge.  I’d already been all the way to Iceland, but for some… Continue reading

Redwood National Park, California and Cape Perpetua, Oregon

My last two roadtrips centered on the southwest – all rock and desert, sun and heat, orange and yellow.  I decided to change directions this time.  I’d drive north along the California and… Continue reading

Imperial Sand Dunes, Salvation Mountain, and the Salton Sea, California

Interstate 10 cuts through the southern edge of the Imperial Sand Dunes.  The dune field is huge, stretching more than 40 miles north from the Mexican border.  I couldn’t pass it without stopping,… Continue reading

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas and Saguaro National Park, Arizona

At the risk of hurting the parks’ feelings, I have to admit that Guadalupe Mountains and Saguaro are two of my least favorite National Parks, right up (down) there with Cuyahoga Valley, Hot Springs,… Continue reading

White Sands National Monument and Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico

I may have been even more excited to visit White Sands than I’d been to see the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta.  I love photographing sand dunes, and the dune field at White Sands National… Continue reading

Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona and Albuquerque, New Mexico

I left the Grand Canyon after sunrise and drove towards Albuquerque.  At around noon I reached Petrified Forest National Park and made a quick stop.  I’d been to the park once before, but… Continue reading

Kelso Dunes, California and Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson gave some of the best photography advice I’ve heard:  “If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.” In that spirit I planned… Continue reading

San Francisco, California

Returning to San Francisco felt great.  The road had worn me out and I was excited to stay in one place for a while.  I looked forward to catching up with my friends,… Continue reading

Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone is my favorite National Park.  The landscapes are amazing and diverse, with mountains, canyons, lakes, meadows, and rivers covering almost 3,500 square miles.  Bison, deer, and elk are everywhere, and with a… Continue reading

Dinosaur National Monument and Fantasy Canyon, Utah

I first became aware of Fantasy Canyon a few years ago.  Marie and I were staying at a hotel in Page, Arizona, where a photograph hanging in the lobby stopped me in my… Continue reading