Whew! It’s been quite a while since i’ve posted here. I’m not really sure where all my time goes, but it disappears really quickly, kind of like cold beer on a hot summer day. That being said, I think it’s about time I catch everyone up on what i’ve been up to, and make a pledge to get back on a regular schedule here.
May Cross Country Road Trip
Last month, Emalee and I packed our cameras and adventure kit into my Subaru Forester, and embarked on a sixteen day, 7,100 mile journey covering a big chunk of the western United States. Some of the highlight included Spring skiing at Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin one day, then climbing in sunny Boulder Canyon the very next day, Hiking Bright Angel Trail to Plateau Point in the Grand Canyon, and a fifteen mile hike through Yosemite Valley. Now don’t worry, I plan on going into full detail on some of these “sub-adventures” in later posts, and there are plenty of photos to share, some of which you can check out on my Instagram right now. But for the sake of this post, I’m going to keep it relatively short. here are a few stats regarding this trip:
Miles Traveled 7100 miles
States Traversed 19
Allnighters Pulled 3
Miles Hiked ~30
Cellphones Destroyed 1
For the remainder of the summer, I plan on exploring as much as I can around the Northeast. In July we are heading to the Red River Gorge in Kentucky for some rock climbing. I am pretty excited about this since Kentucky is one of the ten states that I have not been to yet, plus I hear the climbing there is kinda good. Then, later in July we are getting a group together to do some camping and explore Rehoboth bay on our kayaks for a weekend.
Autumn this year though is going to prove to be pretty awesome. We are heading back to Iceland, but this time the Northern Lights are on my list since we will be there late enough in the year to see them. This has been a bucket list item for a long time now so I’m very pumped about the possibility of seeing and photographing them.
Last night I spontaneously grabbed my camera gear and headed for a drive out to Ricketts Glen State Park near Benton, PA. It was a bit overcast, but there was no rain so I figured it would be a good chance to get some longer exposures. I was really surprised when I got there to find a very damp and foggy veil covering the entire park. I was bummed at first because I thought it was going to lead to so less than idea shots, but once I dropped down into the glen, the conditions for shooting long exposure were great. The light was very subdued, and with the help of an ND filter, I was able to capture this ten second exposure. I love how the pool at the bottom of the frame seemed to swirl endlessly. So the lesson I learned today was don’t let seemingly less than ideal conditions ruin your fun, because if I had turned around and went home, I would have never got this shot.