The anticipation of adventure. “One of the sweetest parts of a new journey is dreaming about the endless possibilities in front of you.” -Unknown. Less than two weeks before beginning what will surely be a summer like no other for us. Who knows what we shall discover! We leave Longmont, CO on Tuesday, June 14th with plans to be home on Friday, August 5th. I think I want to spend my August 3rd birthday kayaking on Jackson Lake in the Grand Tetons but that remains to be seen. Fifty-two nights on the road enjoying the ride with our Happy Camper, pictured below! I’ll be filling the door with many new stickers from national parks. I can’t say which one I am looking most forward to experiencing as they are all so different and nspiringly beautiful! I will be burning through a lot of media cards, thank goodness they are so cheap now! This has been a dream in the making for the past year and now the time is approaching to make it a reality! WE have a plan but also an open mind to go with the flow when needed. It’s time to pack!
Six weeks away from embarking on a summer road trip to the Pacific Northwest. Fair enough to call it a most excellent adventure, as it will surely be quite the experience to be living on the move for seven weeks camping in our Cricket trailer in some of the most beautiful places in North America. We plan to kayak whenever we are near a lake in fair weather conditions (no w-i-n-d) and we hope that will be often. I have scanned a lot of travel books to map out the route. Our trip of a lifetime can be somewhat go with the flow but best to have a general idea of where we’re going while staying flexible. We have a lot of miles to cover, close to 5000! We have good camping karma and wherever we go, we will end up where we are meant to experience as I believe the Universe works that way.
It’s been fun mapping it out and researching the places we will see and the campgrounds we will try to stay at. We are exploring the national parks and monuments along the way—Dinosaur NM, Crater Lake NP, Olympic NP, North Cascades NP, Mt. Rainer NP, John Day Fossil Beds NM, Grand Teton NP—not to mention the many wilderness areas we will be journeying through. We’ve decided not to check out the metro areas but skirt around them to immerse ourselves in nature and wilderness.
I have no doubt we will often be in awe and this will be a most excellent adventure! We will come back but surely not the same as when we left.
“It’s not how much we have but how much we enjoy what we have that makes happiness.” -Slim Barnard
Slim & Henrietta Barnard were carefree souls as “The Happy Wanderers” in a popular 60s travelogue show. “Leave your cares behind on the trail of the happy wanderers.” What a fascinating glimpse into the past from a little color movie shot on film 50 years ago. The 1996 tribute with Huell Howser is informative to watch.
We are inspired to be 21st century happy wanderers and experience the National Parks in America. We certainly won’t get to all 357 in the continuous US but we figure we have the next 20 years to enjoy whatever Cricket adventures we are inspired to plan. We will never run out of places to see in our lifetime, our list is already two pages long!
Oh, may I go a-wandering
Until the day I die!
Oh, may I always laugh and sing,
Beneath God’s clear blue sky!
It’s been quite awhile since I spent time in a big city like New York. It was a beautiful spring day and everyone was out and about. I had a few hours to pass while my sister enjoyed a Broadway play with a friend so I took the time to walk around Central Park and people watch. It has been a long time since I have been around thousands of people but I was shocked and saddened to see so many people looking down. It’s not an exaggeration to say at least a third of them where looking down at their device whether it was a phone, a Blackberry, a tablet, a small camera. A father and son passed on their bicycles and both of them were riding with their left hand on the handlebars while their right hand was held overhead to the side snapping continuous selfies as they slowly rode their bikes not paying any attention to what was around them. A family, parents and four girls, passed by with each one of them engaged with their own phone in their hands while the youngest child clutched her iPad close to her chest holding on for dear life. A group of four young people were walking all together without talking to one another but looking down at their phones. A lot of people held their phone in their hands, many at their side but just as many holding it with bent elbow up to their chest so they wouldn’t miss a message the second it came in. Is this crazy only to me to have so many people mesmerized by technology? Are we losing our human connection right in front of our eyes and nobody seems to notice or care because everyone is looking down? Have we accepted this technology trend as normal and this addictive behavior will spread? Look around and see how may people are living life in the bow.
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.” -Henry David Thoreau
I submitted an online application to Backpacker Magazine for the Best Job Ever as National Park Scouts for a year. What an experience it would be for Matt and I even though we never imagined such an opportunity would present itself. We do believe we are well positioned to take on the task and that the Universe has prepared us for this once in a lifetime adventure since shifting to Colorado six years ago. We would be the perfect travel team. We open up the possibility to the Universe.
Preparing the submission was an interesting learning process as they sent the email with a one week notice to submit while I was in New Jersey. I had to creatively improvise in creating a 15 second video since I was away from my desktop computer. Fortunately had video of the Great Sand Dunes on my iPhone to pull together. I had to figure out iMovie in a flash and think it came together pretty well considering it was my first video edit. I am now eager to advance my iMovie skills and take more videos to play with. Could be fun. Video link: Sand Dunes – Medium
The 100 word (550 character) submission: We are a couple ready for a Great Adventure! The Universe has prepared us for this amazing opportunity. Recently diagnosed with OCD (Obsessive Camping Disorder), we are the perfect Backpacker scouts. When you select us, you will get a dynamic husband wife team who are avid hikers, happy wanderers & seasoned campers in a Cricket. Our years of experience have given us a strong spirit of adventure & equipped us with the skills you seek with an emphasis on photography, writing, public speaking & love of people. We look forward to being on the road!
Everything is for a reason and maybe the 1000 miles of hiking and walking logged last year have been training for many more miles to come…starting with the June new moon and our road trip through Wyoming to explore Wind River Range, Grand Tetons NP and Yellowstone NP for two weeks. Even if Backpacker does not select us, we will certainly be creating our own great adventures every year.
How cool and convenient that we live up the road in Longmont, less than 10 miles from Boulder where Backpacker Magazine is based. We may very well be older than many applicants but we feel we are wise, reliable and motivated. We have a vibrant spirit of adventure. Both of us have years of experience in connecting with people. We are fun, friendly, fit folk and all around good people. We will have to trust the Universe on this one and if it’s meant to be our next adventure, it shall be. We wait to see if we make it to the next round. Our hopes are high!
I am very happy to show 19 prints of my photographic art at one of my favorite coffee houses in Longmont, La Vita Bella on the corner of 5th & Main. longmontcoffee.com Stop in to see the work and enjoy an Espresso specialty drink. My favorite is the Bella Dolce!
I love to play in my digital darkroom with Photoshop actions. I recently discovered how to “oil paint” and have been having fun with my nature and flower images. All of the images are left full frame as captured by my mind’s eye. I do not process the images much except for rich shadows and bumping up contrast. I don’t have painting ability but if I did I would paint like this anyway inspired by the Moab, UT artist Serena Supplee. serenasupplee.com
Studio business portraits are one of my specialities with quality controlled lighting and a selection of backdrops to show everyone looking their best. For the next few months you can save $50 on Head Shot Tuesdays. You will receive instant gratification in having your portrait taken and viewing them on a large computer monitor to select your favorite. After being lightly enhanced, high res print and web ready digital files are sent electronically within 24 hours.
I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with Erin at Cricket Trailers in providing them with photographic images from our Cricket adventures last year to give them content for the Adventure Gallery on their new website. http://crickettrailer.com I sent a total of 112 digital files from Arches NP, Canyonlands NP, Indian Peaks Wilderness in CO, Rawah Wilderness in the Laramie River Valley, Vedauwoo in WY, and Medicine Bow Mountains in the Snowy Range, WY. There are approximately 16 images in each that not only show the Cricket in its natural environment but also the surrounding beauty. Funny how it all started when I sent them this photo of the Cricket with the Milky Way taken at Arches on a starry, starry night. You just never know where things will lead…
What a hoot to come across this newspaper article from 1981 when I was a mere 23 years old and had been working as a professional photographer for five years, devoted to my Hasselblad. Now I am devoted to my Canon digital 35mm but I still “always look at things through the eye of a camera.”