Jasper and Banff national parks are arguably Canada’s most luminous crown jewels. The first and last time I drove through the Canadian Rockies was in July 1986, when I helped two friends, Valerie and Dave, drive a 1967 Chevy Malibu convertible from St. Paul to Anchorage via Fairbanks (see previous blog). We drove through Glacier … More Canadian Rockies: Best Scenery, Worst Road Trip
“Canada is the pocket of sanity in the Western Hemisphere.” – Bruce Cockburn at Vancouver Island Music Festival, July 15, 2017. “North to the Future.” – Alaska state motto. However much Canada might want to divorce the U.S. due to irreconcilable differences these days, the countries are joined at the hip. It happens that sane … More Alaska: A Helwan of a Road Trip
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Halloween came early for me this month in several ways, which I’ll explain in due course. I had set goals for my annual October road trip: Shoot peak aspen colors in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains with old friends Gordon and his brother John; explore Utah’s La Sal Mountains with my photographer friend Greg Jahn, which … More Spooky Road Trip
There are 58 U.S. national parks and I’ve yet to see 19 of them. Of those 19 jewels missing from my crown I have a reasonable expectation to see up to a half-dozen, as most of those 19 are too remote, some accessible only by aircraft (the Virgin Islands, American Samoa and a few in Alaska) … More My Favorite Crown Jewel
“Great things are done when men and mountains meet.” – William Blake Last May I barely escaped a blizzard in the Lost River Range (see my previous post). It prevented my goal of fording the Upper Pahsimeroi River and shooting Mt. Borah, Idaho’s highest peak, “from behind” (from the east) so I went back on … More Mt. Borah: Idaho’s Everest
I took two road trips in the 2016 spring season before withdrawing to the Boise scene, avoiding the summer crowds in the parks and wilderness areas. The two road trips were very different, but both were satisfying in their own way. On Saturday, April 23, I drove from Boise to Moab, Utah, intending to grab … More Local Color: Rocking in Utah and Idaho