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Where Will The Trail Take You?

Where Will The Trail Take You CROP

Hiking the trail up in Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Everytime I go to sleep, I dream. There has never been a time (that I can remember), when I have not dreamed something, good or scary. I don’t know if that means I am sleeping well or not. Sometimes, I wake up from those dreams and can’t get back to sleep, no matter how much I try. This morning is one of those times. When that happens, I get up and come to the laptop to work on photos and ideas for my next National Parks Traveler article. As I was working on this image, an idea popped into my head and I decided to run with it. I’ve been trying to write enough articles for the Traveler to have two, rather than one, photo article a month. I’ll see how long I can continue with that. I remember, once, some years ago, having writer’s block so badly that I considered parting ways with the Traveler. Thankfully, that writer’s block didn’t last for long, because I know I would have regretted a move like that.

In the meantime, this image below was taken in the autumn of 2016 in the Paradise area of the park. Fall is one of those hit-or-miss seasons for Mount Rainier, especially in Paradise. It’s either going to be a clear, blue-sky day with The Mountain out and the huckleberry bushes showing off brilliant shades of orange and red, or it’s going to be a misty, foggy day where a photographer must concentrate on what she can see immediately around her, which in this case, was the trail and the different shades of greens along that trail.

Where will the trail take you?

Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.

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Cheers!

Cheers

It’s what you do when you are a photographer taking a break from shoveling the driveway. And yes, it’s single malt.

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All Moved In

Becky And Her Storage Unit 2

Becky and her stuff

I now feel like an official Washington State Citizen. I have my WA driver’s license, WA plates on my little car, WA car insurance, and my stuff arrived from Texas last week and is now ensconced in a nice, roomy storage unit, for the time being.

I lived in WA 23-some years ago (Seattle), moving to southeast TX to be with my aging parents.  Now that they are gone, I feel like I am finally home again, sort of like a prodigal daughter returning. And it feels great! Chilly mornings (I can wear my fleece again!), dry heat (no humidity), cool evenings, local fresh fruits and vegetables, local wineries, living within driving distance of national parks and other amazing photo ops, sitting around a glowing chiminea at night sipping whiskey with my sister and her son and playing with the Great Dane, and enjoying not worrying about hurricanes and flooding every 6 months.

Sure feels good to be home, again.

Becky And The Storage Unit 1

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Grand Teton National Park

Grand Tetons Scenery

An afternoon view of the Grand Tetons

From Bryce Canyon National Park to Park City, Utah, to Jackson, Wyoming, to Grand Teton National Park.  I arrived a couple of days ago, was able to check in early to my Jackson hotel, then did a little exploration of a small portion of the park before finally pooping out from the driving and previous hiking.  The 12 days I’ve been on the road have been full, full, full, either with driving or hiking and photographing.  As I’ve found out the hard way, if you keep pushing yourself too much without an occasional nap, then it’s hard to carry on.  Don’t worry, I’ve managed.

Anyway, I spent all day yesterday in the park and will do the same today before heading out tomorrow for Yellowstone National Park.

FYI, mornings all the way up to around noon are the best time for photos out here, before the sun and the haze from the forest fires set in to cover up the incredible scenery out here.  Mornings are also the time to get your photos prior to all the crowds coming in, and trust me, there are crowds out here in Grand Teton National Park.  And this is just a precursor for Yellowstone, I know.

Becky In Grand Teton National Park

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That Last Texas Sunrise

That Last Texas Sunrise

As I was driving west along Interstate 40, between Amarillo and Adrian, I saw all these cool wind farms.  The sun was rising behind me and I just couldn’t resist pulling over onto the shoulder in order to capture some images of the wind turbines and that sunrise.

At 7:20am on July 20th, I officially crossed the border out of Texas.  I whooped for joy then burst out crying.  My Texas departure and Pacific Northwest return have been 21 years in the making.  This is the beginning of an interesting adventure.

The sunrise was a nice send-off.

Wind Turbines And A West Texas Sunrise

Today, I’m heading into Petrified Forest National Park.  I arrived yesterday afternoon in the Painted Desert area, and after about 2 hours, decided the heat and driving was wearing me down enough that I needed to go on to the hotel down the road.  I’ll get back to the park early this morning while its “cooler.”

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The Open Road

Down The Basin Road

Twenty-one years ago, I moved from Washington State down to southeast Texas to be with my aging parents.  Found a job, found a nice (but old) apartment right next door to my parents, got really involved in photography and did a fair amount of traveling to see and photograph many neat things, thanks to the salary from that job.

I never really felt like Texas was home, though.  I was born in Montana; I’m a mountain gal.  I told Mom and Dad when I moved that I would never spend the rest of my life in Texas and ultimately, I would move back to the mountains.

In 2 days, I’ll be hitting the open road from southeast Texas *back* to Washington State.  I’m done with Texas.  And I’m pretty certain Texas is done with me; I am not a Texan.

My home is packed except for a few items that I’ll box up before the movers arrive.  I’ve scheduled all the disconnects.  I will have to return my ATT internet equipment (insert sad-face emoji).  I need to run a few other errands.  But, I’m ready!  My cameras are ready!  My car is ready – well, it should be ready after a tuneup, replacement of some things, new tires, and a new windshield (don’t ask, it’s one of those unforeseen things that happened the other day).

I have a road trip itinerary mapped that will take me almost 4 weeks to complete (provided nothing unforeseen occurs).  It will be like the 4-week vacations my family used to take in the camper every summer when I was a little girl.  I’m stopping at national parks I’ve never visited and a national park I have visited.  I’ll be seeing a couple of friends along the way, as well.  I’m calling this Becky’s Big Road Trip.

I’ll be taking you all along with me via my photos, so stay tuned.

The Road To The Desert

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Play Hard But Play Safe

Portrait

Before getting down to the business of spending the day packing up more of my apartment, posting items for sale on eBay, and staying ahead of the game by writing more future photo articles for the National Parks Traveler, I thought I’d post this photo with a link (click the pic) to a great story in today’s edition of the Traveler about playing it safe when visiting a national park.  This article can be applied to really any wild place you happen to visit, be it a national park, national monument, state park, or just some wild place you spot while driving along that you want to explore more while capturing some cool pictures.  And no, the safety tips are not just about bears.  They range the gamut and it’s worth a read.

 

 

 

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