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June 11-13, 2018: Back to Canada

June 11-13, 2018: Back to Canada

On June 11 Danielle, Dirk, Shera, and I awoke in our campsite in Glacier National Park, MT decently rested, with a dampness hanging in the air. We’d left our clothes to hang overnight, but the moisture stuck around. Having camped for a few consecutive nights and with clothes and souls in need of a good drying, we planned to get a hotel for the night; though we weren’t sure where. Upon some thought, we decided we’d head north, back into Canada, and see what the Canadian national parks had to offer.

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June 9/10, 2018: Glacier National Park

June 9/10, 2018: Glacier National Park

We drove north through Montana enjoying Big Sky Country towards the park, taking a riverside lunch break in one of the national forests. Because we were approaching Glacier NP from the east, it would have been ideal to take the legendary Going-to-the-Sun road, but given it was early in the season, the road was still closed due to snow. While disappointing, I didn’t let it upset me in anyway, and we instead used Highway 2 to cut across the park until reaching Apgar Campground in West Glacier.

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June 8, 2018: Yellowstone National Park, Day Two

June 8, 2018: Yellowstone National Park, Day Two

Having had an amazing and jam-packed day previously, Danielle, Dirk, Shera, and I woke on June 8th in Madison Campground, Yellowstone National Park with a bit of a debate: shall we once again wait in line to see if we can secure another night in the campground, or shall we leave the park and head elsewhere? Collectively we decided that although we could spend probably a week exploring the park, we had such a great time yesterday seeing so much, perhaps we should head elsewhere; perhaps somewhere with less crowds. That said, we weren’t sure where our next destination should be, so we decided we would have a slow-ish morning around Madison and then head towards the park’s northern terminus, stopping first at Mammoth Hotsprings and the Albright Visitor’s Centre.

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June 7, 2018: Yellowstone National Park, Day One

June 7, 2018: Yellowstone National Park, Day One

After luckily securing the last campsite left at Rainbow Point campground on the shores of Hebgen Lake the afternoon previous, we were sporatically awoken on the morning of June 7th to a violent thunderstorm in the early morning. Around 4 or 5am, I can’t quite remember when exactly, Danielle were fast asleep in our tent, when Dirk woke us up, warning of the impending storm. Raindrops the size of grapes had began to fall, and thunder was booming in the distance. We had seen via the forecast the high potential for this storm, and had gone to sleep nervously the night before. With Dirk luckily awaking right on the cusp, we quickly began packing up our campsite as the thunder and torrential downpour began to overtake us completely. Rushing to finish before soaking ourselves and gear by the light of flashlight, we crammed our packs into the Thule, and hopped in the Ac’, and drove to the shore of the lake to watch lightening crack across the sky and reflect off the grey and wavy water.

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June 6, 2018: A Quick Jaunt Through Idaho

June 6, 2018: A Quick Jaunt Through Idaho

After spending the night in a hotel near Boise, Idaho, Danielle, Dirk, Shera, and I decided to drive across Idaho towards Yellowstone National Park in order to explore the park for the next couple of days. We didn’t have too much of a plan for our day aside from this, and because we weren’t in any great hurry, we figured we’d continue the theme of taking secondary highways in order to soak in the scenery, as opposed to fly across the land using interstates. Thus, once we hit the road we opted for Highways 26 and 20 to get across Idaho.

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June 5, 2018: A Quick Visit in Oregon

June 5, 2018: A Quick Visit in Oregon

After spending the night in a hotel east of Portland, Danielle, Dirk, Shera, and I planned to head up the Columbia River and explore some of the gorge. Danielle and I very much wanted to show Dirk and Shera one of our favourite hikes of all time, Munra Point, which we’d hiked in 2016. However, as we drove along the gorge, I came to a sad realization that I’d forgotten about the Eagle Creek Fire that devastated the gorge in 2017 and resulted in the closing of much of the trails in the area.

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June 4, 2018: We Begin our Road Trip

June 4, 2018: We Begin our Road Trip

On June 4th, we departed the Seeliger’s home in the Cowichan Valley and headed to Victoria in order to catch the Coho Ferry over to Port Angeles, Washington. If you’ve been following the blog for some time, you would know that in September of 2016, Danielle and I did the same thing. Back in 2016, when we arrived in Port Angeles, the first thing we did was head to a grocery store to grab groceries for cheaper than they are in Canada, do the same with petrol, and then head to Olympic National Park’s visitor’s centre a few minutes up the highway.

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Feb. 11/12, 2018: Idaho-Washington-Home

Feb. 11/12, 2018: Idaho-Washington-Home

After spending the night in Missoula, MT, Danielle and I spent the morning in our hotel with Danielle doing a homework assignment, and I doing some research and editing. In a couple hours we were ready to hit the road, and we began the trek west. Although we didn't have any stringent plans we did have a few potential stops in mind for the return journey.

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Feb. 9/10, 2018: Montana

Feb. 9/10, 2018: Montana

Sometime in January I was scrolling through my Instagram feed and saw a photo of Bison foraging in a snow-clad field. I thought to myself how rad it would be to see bison like that in the snowy fields of the interior. Voicing this to my girlfriend, Danielle, she responded, "why don't you go then?"

With no reason not to do just that, the two of us planned a quick trip out to the National Bison Range in Montana for early February.

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Big Announcement: My image, Taft Point, shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards

Big Announcement: My image, Taft Point, shortlisted for the Sony World Photography Awards

I entered the contest in late December, I think it was, somewhat just on a whim, not expecting much of it. Fast forward a few months to January 25th, as Danielle and I were sitting in a cafe in Dominical, Costa Rica when I checked my email. To my great surprise I had received a confidential email from the World Photography Organisation informing me that my image had been shortlisted.

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Oct. 15-19: Monument Valley and Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

Oct. 15-19: Monument Valley and Grand Canyon National Park South Rim

The next morning, we left Kayenta after a quick stop at McDonald's to use their wifi, and headed towards the Grand Canyon South Rim. We arrived in the South Rim after a few hours of driving, and did our laundry, showered, and spent some time on our computers. We were still a day early, so we spent the night in the nearby National Forest, free of charge.

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Oct. 14: Horseshoe Bend and Grand Canyon National Park North Rim

Oct. 14: Horseshoe Bend and Grand Canyon National Park North Rim

We had a few days time to kill before we had to be in Grand Canyon South Rim's Mather Campground where we had reservations for two nights. Pondering the map, I figured we ought to check out the Grand Canyon's North rim, which was only a few hour's drive away. And so, we set off.

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Oct. 10/11: Las Vegas and Surrounding Area

Oct. 10/11: Las Vegas and Surrounding Area

On October 10th (day 25), we got up fairly early at the hot and loud truckstop close within Las Vegas, and decided to go check out the Hoover Dam. We hadn't expected to be in Las Vegas as early as we were, so we were in need of something to kill the time before our reservation at the Circus Circus Hotel on the 11th.

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Oct. 5-7: Death Valley National Park and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

Oct. 5-7: Death Valley National Park and Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

On day 19 (Oct. 5), Danielle and I drove a few hours from the reststop we'd stayed at the night before to Death Valley National Park. We arrived in the park around late morning, and headed towards the main visitor's center in Furnace Creek. Along the way we stopped a few times at various places such as an long-ago-abandoned borax mine. By 12:00, we'd reached Furnace Creek, where we got a map of the park and ate lunch.

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Oct. 3/4: Yosemite Day Two and towards Death Valley National Park

Oct. 3/4: Yosemite Day Two and towards Death Valley National Park

On day 17 (Oct. 3rd), we left Crane Flat campground fairly early, and drove back down to Yosemite valley. We then had breakfast and began the 4 Mile Hike at around 9:30. We hiked up to Union Point, where we ate lunch around 11:30.

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Sept. 29/30: Fern Canyon and Point Reyes National Seashore

Sept. 29/30: Fern Canyon and Point Reyes National Seashore

We drove for quite a long time until reaching Point Reyes National Seashore. We spent the late afternoon there, using the visitor's center's wifi for a bit, and then driving to the Point Reyes lighthouse. We had dinner at the park, and then continued on to San Fran.

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