Some cacti in the White Tank Mountains of Arizona, outside of Surprise.
Category Archives: US National Park Road Trip
Morning in the Smoky Mountains Image I’ve stated it many times, The Great Smoky Mountains is our favorite U.S. National Park. This image is an example of why. If you wake up really, really early in the morning and head up Newfoundland Gap Road you can capture the blanketing fog. You should try underexposing up
Virgin Falls Park, Tennessee Sparta Tennessee is a little town in the middle of Crossville and Cookeville. It has a gas station, a library and a car dealership. As you drive down Route 127 you will see mobile homes that need some welding done as well as sturdy brick tri levels. This area doesn’t appear
Full Moon over Cumberland Falls, Kentucky Cumberland Falls is one of the few places in which you can see a moonbow (a rainbow caused by a full moon at a waterfall). We highly recommend exploring the surrounding area and camping for a few days here. It’s a lovely place in the middle of Kentucky.
City of Rocks, Idaho There is a stretch of highway in Idaho that has absolutely nothing to look at and last for hours with no place to stop for gas. There are signs along the way that promise an awesome park 12 miles North of the next exit named City of Rocks. When you get
Osprey’s in Cayo Costa These three images were taken in Florida on Cayo Costa State Park. High up in an apparently dead tree this large nest was home to this lovely bird. The last shot is my favorite.
Utah National Parks – Moab, Canyonlands, Arches, Bryce Canyon This video was taken in early November during our road trip of 2010. We loved Utah’s parks and beer. If you look back into the archives of this site you will find our Zion National Park video and the 6 pack firestarter video, both also shot
How to make Star Trails at Night First Let us discuss what is a star-trail; in the evening because of the earth’s rotation the stars in the night sky slowly move (from our perspective) in a circular motion around the North Star (Polaris). So a star-trail image is essentially a long exposure ranging from minutes
Our Trip through Death Valley National Park and Rhyolite Ghost Town During our U.S. Road trip we stopped at Death Valley National Park. Kim first saw the campsite and she was not sure about staying there. It was, by far, the ugliest campground she had seen up to this point. It looked boring and dusty
Our video of Zion National Park, Utah – We spent a week camping in this amazing park. It really does have everything, but it is expensive. This is basically a shaky park brochure. The previous video of the 6 pack firestarter was also shot in Zion. When you see the Angels Landing hike portion you
Utah – Zion, Bryce Canyon, Moab, Canyonlands and Arches National Park – Part 2 Utah is one of those places that it would be best just to live there rather than visit. There is just too much to see and photograph. So I chose these four parks to visit in the time I had available.
White Sands National Monument White Sands National Monument is in New Mexico. Sand dunes are only produced in between two mountain ranges and will change shape continually. I find it most fun to go very early in the morning to see what the changes the wind has made to the patterns of the sand.
The Start of our National Park Photography Trip Just to be clear as to the purpose and origin of this National Park Photography Trip: In 2007ish my wife and I bought a few acres in Costa Rica. In fact I am writing this right now in Costa Rica at a friends house (next to an
An easy way to start a campfire – 6 Pack Firestarter in Zion National Park This video is of Kim’s invention, The 6 pack Firestarter. As you know, we tried a microbrew from around every National Park/Monument. We liked some andwe loved some. We loved Polygamy Porter from Park City, Utah. A company by the
Yosemite National Park Video – Bear Sighting This black bear surprised us on a trail in the Hetch Hetchy area of Yosemite National Park. The black bears in this area have more of a brown coat. This is probably a male judging on his size. We were pretty much scared out of our gourds. We
Devils Tower is a massive structure that you can climb, picnic in front of our just ponder its reflection. Devil’s Tower in Wyoming is a magnificent National Monument made of columns of sedimentary rock. There are still questions about how exactly it was formed. It is similar in many ways to the Giant’s Causeway in
Grand Tetons National Park and Statistics of our USA trip so far… The view from just behind our campsite was incredible, make sure you ask for site #71. Jackson Hole Lake leads right up to the mountains. Grand Teton National Park is on the West side of Southern Wyoming. There are not a lot of
Yellowstone National Park Video Camping in Yellowstone was sold out the 1st night so we had to go to Gardiner, Montana. The little town was able to charge astronomical prices for everyday items and lodging because of the proximity to the park. We ended up spending about $100 on groceries and $135 for a little
Badlands to Bighorn Badlands to Big Horn from Barry Hovland on Vimeo. Wind Cave National Park is a small dot on a big map. We were just going to drive through, stay one night and be on our merry way. Well sometime in the early afternoon we decided to stop and get gas and beer
An HDR of our hotel room in South Dakota This is an HDR of our hotel room from a few nights ago when our truck left us stranded in Hot Springs, South Dakota 2010. Jerry, the owner of the Skyline Motel was very nice and very talkative. It even offered free wifi.
Driving to Costa Rica. Fitting it all in. Hi all. This video shows how we put an entire house full of stuff into the back of an 1999 S10 pickup. Fun things about this leg of the trip included looking down at my ring finger half way through Wisconsin and not knowing where my wedding
Updates and Transitions – Preparing for the move to Costa Rica All kinds of fun stuff going on since the last post. Coleman got back to us with a big thumbs down on our trip sponsorship. The reason, no budget. Really Coleman? If your CEO decided that he wanted to finger paint our truck I
Truck Security. How to prepare for a long trip. Batten down the Hatches This video shows the security system that we had installed in the cab of the truck. We will only be taking a few things that are very near & dear to us so we wanted to make certain that whilst we are back
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