Western Sunset

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Memory of a trip west.  The sun may have set, but the memory lives on.

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To The Horizon

Much of the western part of the U.S. consists of wide open spaces and driving through these areas exposes the traveler to amazing vistas along the way.  I can’t recall how many times we would crest a pass and see nothing but miles and miles of space all the way to the horizon.  Then you would climb again and there would be another vista of the road going on for miles and miles to the horizon.  Next time I make this trip I intend to stop more often and capture some these amazing vistas.

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Mountain Interlude

Time to leave Smith Rock State Park and head for the Oregon coast.  The road requires the traveler to venture into tall pine forests and mountain passes.  On this journey, we travel under the gaze of the Three Sisters.

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Black Hills…Yellow Leaves

My images for the next few weeks will be from my extended trip out west.  I am traveling from northern Minnesota to the Oregon coast with a few side trips.  I invite you to come along for the ride.

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Yellow Leaves-Black Hills

Black Friday Road Trip

Of course getting to four state parks in one day required a bit of driving.  I did my best to pick a route that would keep me off the freeways as much as possible so as to enjoy the beauty of the freshly fallen snow clinging to the trees along the road.  Sadly, by the end of the day, the sun had melted most of it off the branches and even some of the snow on the ground.  All in all, it was a wonderful day filled with new places to explore, many photos captured, a fair amount of hiking and a lot of fresh air.  I drove through several small river towns, all in need of return visits with my camera.  And with the sun setting in the west, I called it a day and headed back to have dinner, upload the day’s work and sleep knowing I had a grand adventure in the outdoors rather than a dismal day in a shopping center.