"What I love about travel writing is I only have to work half-days,
and I get to pick which 12 hours it is."
WHERE I'VE BEEN LATELY...
In April, Dianne and I headed south to Arizona where we spent two weeks photographing the Superstition Mountains from our campsite in Lost Dutchman State Park. From there we drove to the Grand Canyon and spent four nights trailer camping at the Mather Campground on the South Rim.
Next stop was to be Natural Bridges National Park for a Denver Post assignment. Rain, snow and a full campground resulted in our relocating to an RV park in Blanding. Fortunately, we were able to substitute a tale about Capitol Reef instead. Next stop was Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab and from there on to Arches National Park.
Other summer journeys took us to Glenwood Springs for a sports car rallye (that's British for "rally"), Alamosa for a train-toting beer festival, Salida to test ourselves on Captain Zipline's Canyon Aerial Course and down to Chama, New Mexico, to ride the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad. We photographed Galloping Goose #5 on those same tracks for an upcoming Colorado Life magazine story.
Dianne and I attended a July gathering of A-frame trailer campers at a campground near Crested Butte, Colorado. It proved to be a very expensive trip for us. We spent over $1,500 on modifications to our trailer as a result of what we learned from others. We now have 200 watts of solar power, full wind protection to keep the roof from blowing apart in heavy gusts and a variety of little modifications.
In late August, we headed north for a four-night camping and hiking excursion in the surprisingly beautiful Snowy Range of southern Wyoming. Solar, we discovered, works just fine as long as the sun is shining. It's not so good in the rain, however. We still lug along a generator, just in case.
Finally in September, it was off to California for a family camping trip and on up to Idaho for a potential trailer-travel story about camping opportunities in the Boise area.
The challenge now is finding the time to process and submit images to our stock agency and get the stories written. But hey, it's only half-day work.
WHERE I'M GOING…
In late September, I'm going in for my third knee surgery -- this one to repair a meniscus tear in the left knee. I had the right one done years ago, so now I'll have a matching set.
In October, I'm going to be test driving a new Austin Adventures trip that includes a stay in three Broadmoor properties -- Cloud Camp, Emerald Valley and the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.
Assuming the knee recovers adequately, December and beyond will mean skiing. This year, I'm hoping to get out and see what the new combined Park City-Canyons ski hill in Utah is like, and we may try to get up to the Great White North to check out some Canadian slopes, eat some poutine and slog down a bottle of ice wine.
We'll have to get our fill of snow early this year because in March, we'll be taking the trailer south to Tucson for two weeks of camping at Catalina State Park followed by a camping journey in Texas' Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains National Parks. Hopefully, we'll catch the Marfa lights along the way.
WHAT ELSE I'M DOING...
Look for more images to appear on my Alamy stock photo site.