"If you go through life never changing direction,
you'll eventually get to where you're headed."
WHERE I'VE BEEN LATELY...
It's been a busy summer with a handful of travel trips juggled with a slew of deadlines.
In April, Dianne and I bought an A-frame travel trailer, which we tested on soft-core camping trips to Colorado National Monument, Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Colorado State Forest and a primitive site at the edge of the Lost Creek Wilderness. We've already planned a handful of future trips with it including, we hope, a long jaunt across Canada in 2015.
Writing/photo trips took me back to Snowmass in the winter and Picketwire Canyon in the spring for a Colorado Life Magazine story.
In June I flew to Toronto for the annual TBEX conference and to California for the annual "family picnic" with the in-laws in July.
August was "camping" month beginning with a five-star cabin at the Broadmoor's new Ranch at Emerald Valley followed by an upscale paddle camp on Yellowstone Lake and finally capped with a week-long backpacking exploration of the Rawah Wilderness Area northwest of Fort Collins where we were nearly trampled by a moose.
Autumn brought trips to the new Chimney Rock National Monument near Pagosa Springs and a snowy fall foliage trip to Vista Verde Ranch.
That was followed by a two-week journey to the Gulf Coast of Alabama and Mississippi where I was eyed by hungry gators, attacked by biting fire ants and viciously mauled by caged tigers.
Highlight of my Gulf trip was meeting up with zany singer-songwriter and seventh-grade classmate, Brent Burns, whose CDs are available on Amazon and who performs regularly at Lulu's (a restaurant/bar owned by Jimmy Buffett's sister Lucy) in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
WHERE I'M GOING…
Upcoming winter story projects include a piece about the pairing of wine and skis in Kelowna, British Columbia, the opening of the new Peak 6 ski terrain at Breckenridge and a story about the Bridgestone Winter Driving School in Steamboat Springs.
Springtime will bring a trip to Arizona for a story about baseball spring training. I also plan to prospect for more legends about Arizona's famed Lost Dutchman Mine, subject of my last AAA Colorado EnCompass magazine story that appeared in the November/December issue.
That will be followed by a fox hunt around Steamboat Springs where I hope to shoot (with a camera) one of the area's hairless foxes. Then comes a float trip down the Yampa River for a story about the Colorado beauty that would have been drown out if Congress hadn't derailed plans to stuff dams into the middle of Dinosaur National Monument.
And, oh yes, there's the yacht trip. After 30+ years of nursing, Dianne will be retiring from bedpan duty in May, an event which we will celebrate with four friends on a private, all-inclusive, sailing voyage around the Virgin Islands. Anchors away, mon!
WHAT ELSE I'M DOING...
I just landed a gig writing monthly Out West columns for the Denver Post. EnCompass, the Colorado AAA magazine, has been running stories and a number of my photo essays on it's Web site. Check out my articles, which will be appearing regularly in Colorado Life Magazine, and look for more images to appear on my Alamy stock photo site.