Smoky Mountains

Smoky Mountains

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 in Mountain Climbs, Photography, Places I Go, USA | 2 comments

We spent the week between Christmas and New Years in the Smoky Mountains.  It’s my second visit to the area so I’ve started to learn a lot more about this interesting and beautiful area.  Like the Ozarks, the Smokies change dramatically with the seasons. I’ve only seen the Smokies in winter, so I am sure it would be interesting to see another season when the deciduous trees aren’t bare.  Many people may not think of winter as a time to hike, but...

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Posted on Jan 9, 2016 in Featured, Photography, Places I Go, USA | 1 comment

We went to the Smoky Mountains, a national park that I have oddly enough never visited.  Being winter, I wasn’t sure if there would be a ton of great photo opportunities, since the Smokies are somewhat similar to the Ozarks in that winter is a time with a lot of drab brown and grey color.  But it was still beautiful and we enjoyed some great hikes! Here we are taking the typical entrance sign photo.   We stopped at a roadside turnout to checkout a waterfall area...

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Fall Creek Falls

Fall Creek Falls

Posted on Jan 4, 2016 in Photography, Places I Go, Rural America, USA | 0 comments

Between Christmas and New Years, we headed out of town with my wife’s parents for a few days in the great outdoors.  At first I wasn’t sure about the idea of taking my family on a trip to the mountains during winter because I wasn’t sure if anyone besides me would enjoy hiking and being outside in the cold.  The weather ended up being unusually warm for much of our trip, but even if it hadn’t, I still think we would have had a great time outside! Our...

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Little Manatee River

Little Manatee River

Posted on May 4, 2015 in Places I Go, Rural America, USA | 1 comment

Typically when I think of Florida I visualize theme parks, beaches lined with condos, and lots of development in general. Nature isn’t really something that comes to mind.  But on a recent family trip I had the opportunity to do some kayaking on the Little Manatee River, a small river southeast of Tampa. Not only was it fun, as kayaking tends to be, but it was interesting to see a natural side of Florida I really didn’t know much about. We rented from a place...

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Black and White New Mexico

Black and White New Mexico

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 in Photography, USA | 0 comments

Here are a few photos I never got around to posting from our trip to New Mexico. Just a random assortment of scenes… The view of Nambe Lake from the end of the trail. A nice meadow along the Nambe Lake Trail…this was pretty much the only flat spot along the entire trail! Bandalier National Monument is a really neat area with ancient cliff dwellings. It was a hot day and there is very little shade to be found here. Another shot of the interesting rock formations...

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Nambe Lake Trail – New Mexico

Nambe Lake Trail – New Mexico

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 in Featured, Mountain Climbs, Photography, Places I Go, USA | 0 comments

Most people probably associate New Mexico with desert and chili peppers. But especially in the northern part of the state there is some very beautiful mountain scenery. While in Santa Fe, I decided to finish up our family vacation with a solo hike, one more difficult than the ones we had been doing with the kiddos. I was hoping for a challenge and some opportunities to take some photos – and I certainly got both. The trail I ended up selecting was the Nambe Lake...

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