Hello from beautiful Idaho Falls! So after spending some time enjoying the mountains of Colorado, I decided it was time to move on to somewhere new. It just so happens that right now my family in Idaho is in the process of building a custom home for themselves, so I figured now would be a great time to come visit and check something new out. Back in September when I hit the road, I knew I wanted to see many new wonders of nature; but I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to see so much of the wonder of humanity. My journey has taken me to not only beautiful places, but across some beautiful people as well. The people I meet along the road all walk different ways of lives. From an outdoors-man who is more comfortable in a thick forest than a thick corporate jungle, to an older recently divorced gentleman trying to find his way back through life; the people and stories I get to meet along the road define my adventures just as much as the nature around me. Being able to see all these different outlets of humanity is something I’ve enjoyed almost as much as the changing nature. There’s just so much out there in this world to see, whether it be natural or a product of humanity. So for the next week, I’ll be exploring a few different areas in Idaho as well as spending some quality time with my family here. Idaho is another one of the many underrated states as far as natural beauty goes, and I hope to capture some of what makes this state so special over the next week. Stay tuned for updates on the blog, as I explore new areas that very few people would make a trip to come see.
There’s something about the Grand Tetons that keeps calling me back. Third time I’ve been fortunate enough to see these goliaths in person.
Dare to explore the road less traveled. You’ll never know what lies at the end until you reach the end.
Looking back at the Colorado Rockies from the Wyoming/CO state line.
You don’t need an over the top 4×4 brand new vehicle to see this country’s beautiful places. You just need desire and a plan.
More of the Rockies of Colorado.
Brooks Lake WY.
Incredible rock formations and mountains around the greater Yellowstone area.
Grand Teton, WY.
A closer view of Grand Teton. Such an impressive mountain range.
After seeing many new mountain ranges in the U.S., the Tetons still top my list.
Well I’ve finally made it to the Pacific Northwest. I drove from the Bitterroot Valley of Montana into Northeast Washington state yesterday and am really finding the evergreen state to be extremely interesting. The Bitterroot Valley was an incredible place where the word “big” met the word “beauty” and a valley in Montana was created. The last day I spent in the valley began with the clouds finally breaking enough for me to see the valley floor covered in homes, towns, and farms. Unfortunately, the mountain tops continued to remain just out of sight hiding in the low clouds. But the message the valley gave off was the same, peaks or not, beauty. I definitely see myself making a return trip to this special part of the country in the future. The mountains and valleys of the Montana/Idaho border were just begging for more exploration. But due to the ruggedness and remoteness of some of these parts of the mountains, I determined spring and summer were the best time of the year to truly get lost in this wilderness. I can’t wait for the day that I get to come back and spend weeks if not months exploring the hundreds of valleys and creeks in this area. Washington state has been incredibly interesting in that the Bitterroot Valley I fell in love with in Montana was directly responsible for the land I’m staying in now. The Northeast of Washington has always been dominated by the mighty Columbia River and during the last ice age 12,000 years ago, the lake that originally carved out the Bitterroot Valley broke free and flooded down the mountains through the Idaho panhandle and into the Columbia River in NE Washington. Where I’m staying at now is in that ancient flood path. The river has been dammed since then, and now there is Lake Roosevelt in the once deep carved out Columbia River valley. This story of ancient flood waters shaping the modern day landscape of the Northwest has been incredibly interesting to follow along and see firsthand. The Earth is an interesting place with an even more fascinating history. How easy it is to forget that we see mountains, valleys, and rivers today because of events that took places over hundreds of years, thousands of years ago.
Saying goodbye to this special valley for now. Imagine this going on for a hundred miles to get an idea of how massive this place is
Watching ducks swim and fly around Lake Roosevelt
Where I’ve been sleeping, with peacocks and apple trees in the middle of a forest of pines. Oh there’s a lake too
Well I’m back on the road after staying in Idaho Falls for a week, and I’m very excited for the opportunity to catch some great shots now that I’m heading through a very scenic part of the country. The greater Yellowstone area I’m in refers to the Yellowstone Super-volcano area, not necessarily Yellowstone National Park. I spent Monday afternoon climbing out of the Idaho Falls valley and up into this beautiful area. I had been to Yellowstone National Park years ago as a kid, but never got the opportunity to explore the Idaho side of the same environment, and I have to say it’s exactly how I remember the park. The pictures I’ve been taking these last two days here have been some of my favorite so far this trip, probably due to the fact that I finally feel like I’m getting a hold of what my camera can really do. I guess that’s what will happen when you spend a week off the road. So with some new photography skills/ideas and a beautiful new landscape to live in, I feel right back at home. Stay tuned to the blog (or just “Follow” to be notified of all new postings) as I’m going to be heading up North through the Montana Rocky Mountains. The epic landscapes and breathtaking scenery should make for some beautiful shots, weather and bears allowing of course.
Natural frames in Idaho with the clouds rolling in on the mountains
Beautiful rivers in Idaho
Rainy day in Idaho
Almost to Montana
Being high up in the mountains made for beautiful clouds passing overhead
Property lines in the valley
Changing colors in Idaho
Playing with natural frames
Pictures from Day 16:
Low clouds rolling over the mountains
Clouds as big as mountains
Golden valleys and blue mountains
The sun setting over the forest
Spent a few hours out in the valley watching the sun set, there was a moment of only about 10 minutes where the suns rays could visibly be seen across the valley
The path back into the woods
Playing with more natural frames in the valley
Sunsets in the mountains can lead to insane lights/colors in the clouds
Well my time in Idaho with family is coming to an end. I have to say that I really enjoyed the time I spent here for many different reasons. Spending time with family is always a plus and sleeping inside is definitely a major plus. But the call of the wild and the thrill of open country is becoming to loud for me to continue to ignore. I’m well rested and ready to embark into what I’ve been told is some of the most beautiful parts of the country. I’m excited to share with everyone some beautiful pictures in the next few days. I’ll be leaving Idaho Falls for the greater Yellowstone area, as well as the Rocky Mountains of Montana. Both of these places should hold great opportunities for some really nice pictures and camping. So it’s back on the road for me, constantly in search of a new place to sleep and an internet connection.
Stars over Idaho Falls, the city lights even in a town of less than 100,000 have a major impact on the night sky
Double rainbow over Idaho Falls
The Huffman sheds, full of all sorts of hidden toys and equipment
The property was first built on during the Great Depression times and has since become an incredible collection of the most unorthodox building materials. I think the saying should be, “one man’s trash is another man’s building materials”
Inside the car restoration shop. I was able to help finish an office inside and build a retaining wall outside for this shop
Hello from Idaho Falls! So lately I’ve taken a few days off the road, and have been spending time with my cousin and her family. The family consists of 5 kids; a freshman in high school, a 6th grader, and 3 triplet two year old boys. Yes TRIPLET TWO YEAR OLD BOYS. Needless to say, there’s always something fun going on here in Idaho. So far I’ve been able to check out the city of Idaho Falls and the beautiful downtown area. The falls here in the city are incredibly pretty, and by building three hydroelectric power plants along the river, the city was able to generate 50% of their total power usage from a renewable energy source. I also have really enjoyed trying to keep up with 3 two year old balls of energy the last few days, as well as their two older siblings. There’s just so much going on around here, keeping me plenty busy. Part of the family out here is also always working on cool and interesting projects. I’ve been able to help build an office inside a car restoration garage, dig out a broken water main, and help lay the foundation for a retaining wall and concrete slab; all in the last 3 days. I’ve really enjoyed being around so many different and interesting projects that I normally never have the opportunity of seeing. I feel like a young sponge soaking up all the skills and knowledge around me. Seeing and learning about these many new things reminds me why I took off on this adventure in the first place. I’m planning on spending a few more days here in the area because my stay here happened to coincide with one of my aunts visits to Idaho. For me, it’s like a mini family reunion in Idaho Falls and I couldn’t be any happier.
Another view of the falls
Lots of wildlife and waterfalls in this area
Another section of the Idaho Falls
Snake River right before the falls
Idaho sky right after sunset
The triplet boys, I almost got a good picture of all 3 but then I realized that was impossible
Hey everyone! I just wanted to post some quick pictures from last night, late last night, and so far today. I just can’t wait any longer to share what I think might be the best pictures I’ve taken so far this adventure. I’ll have a write up of today’s travels later tonight. And lastly but most important, I’ve found a new hobby that I know I’ll never get tired of.. photographing the night sky!
Update: Day 6 for me involved driving from the Teton area of Wyoming into the Idaho Falls area. I’ve got good family that recently moved to Idaho Falls and so I figured now would be a great opportunity to stop by and say hello. The drive from Wyoming to Idaho was a very beautiful one consisting of mountains, forests, and lush green valleys. I was able to take some very awesome pictures along the way thanks to all the scenery. I hope ya’ll enjoy some of my favorite photography so far this adventure. Idaho Falls at first impression is exactly what it is, a wonderful community of some really great people. This is definitely a different part of the country that I never had the privilege of exploring before.
Sunset over the lake and mountains
Another angle of the sunset. I think it’s so cool how the reflections in the water mirror the shapes of the mountains
The milky way with only a 30 second exposure. I can’t wait to try longer exposures
Camping under the stars
Driving out of Wyoming over Teton Pass and into Idaho