2017 was a crazy year for me, so it was really hard to select just 10 photographs. While I was trying to showcase a variety of locations, all of the photos came from my family’s month of touring the National Parks and from my 10-day hike of the John Muir Trail. I haven’t blogged about these adventures yet, so look forward to reading those posts in 2018.
#10 – Fly fishing in Lyell Canyon
Yosemite National Park, California
A friend of mine is big into fly fishing and was pumped to bring his rod with him on our John Muir Trail hike in August. We didn’t stop to fish very often, but on day four of the hike we took a break so he could try for some Brook Trout in the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River. I caught him mid-cast in this photo. The river was crystal clear and in the background the snow-covered mountains that form the border between Yosemite National Park and Ansel Adams Wilderness can be seen. Overhead storm clouds were gathering which would rain on our lunch.
Fly fishing in Lyell Canyon
One of the best perks of my job is what we call PGL: Personal Growth Leave. Starting during our 10th year and every following 5 years we must take a mandatory month off with pay (4 consecutive weeks). This is something I’ve been looking forward to since I started at my job. My first PGL starts now.
My wife was also able to get the month off and in another 5 years my older son may be off to college and starting his own life. So, my family decided that this was our opportunity to take the trip of a lifetime to see some of the most beautiful locations in our country. We are taking the whole month of July and driving around the country to visit national parks, cities and other choice locations.
- Wanderlust Headquarters
- Niagara Falls
- Denver, CO
- Moab, UT & mountain biking, Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Zion National Park
- Grand Canyon National Park (north rim)
- Death Valley National Park
- Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park
- Yosemite National Park
- Lassen Volcanic National Park
- Crater National Park
- Portland, OR
- Seattle, WA
- Glacier National Park
- Yellowstone National Park & white water rafting, Grand Tetons National Park & horseback riding
- Mount Rushmore
- Badlands National Park
- Madison, WI
- Chicago, IL
- Cuyahoga National Park
It’ll be a mad dash and by the end I suspect we’ll be more tired than we started. But hopefully we’ll be making memories that will last our lifetimes. Stories that we’ll tell when we gather for the holidays. Adventures that our kids can recreate with their kids.
Eventually there will be a slew of blog posts from the trip, but until then stay tuned to my social media locations for photos, updates and more.