But for me, it was more about the epic landscape. Straddling the Utah boarder in northwest Colorado , the Yampa and Green Rivers have carved incredible 2,500′ canyons through the red sandstone.
That’s actually not true. I’m not really going back to Bali, but as this posts, I am currently somewhere over the Pacific Ocean on my way back to Indonesia.
I had only been to Chicago once and since I was just out of college and knew someone that ran a bar so let’s just say I didn’t see and experience much of the city.
Sticking with my inability to stay still last winter, I set out for my first camping trip of the year in early March. Since I had already hit up Bryce and Zion National Parks in the prior few months, I decided to go the easy route and try to chase some epic shots that had escaped me in the past.
Nothing really to say… just some pictures from a long weekend in New York City last year for some family-time and sightseeing.
There is something special about the desert when it’s blanketed with a fresh coat of snow – the brilliant white exhibiting an extreme contrast with the orange, reds, and yellows of the desert.
Fast-forward couple of years through the rise of over tourism being experienced world-wide, I hadn’t dared to go back. Right after that first trip, visitation numbers to the park began to increase significantly from 3.1 million in 2014 to 4.5 million visitors in 2017.
I started last year’s post with: “This past year was a big one for me, travel-wise. So much so that I actually think I burned myself out.” Well, I ended up going even bigger this year driving nearly 14,000 miles and flying almost 40,000 miles… New York, Chicago, Boston, Dubai, Singapore, the Maldives, Hawaii and all my normal camping, hiking, biking, and national parks trips around the west.
By the time this fall rolled around, when I normally do a long road trip to capture the fall foliage and then spend some time in the desert, I was actually more content sticking around home than I was heading back out on the road – mentally, but financially as well