100 Days of National Parks: Day 53 – Moonshine Jug, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument

Moonshine Jug

Moonshine Jug

Moonshine Jug
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A lot of times when I wander through the remnants of old homesteads or buildings, like this broken-down barn in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, I like to come up with stories for the people that used to live and work the land.  I imagine what the buildings looked like before they were abandoned, imagined the lives of the people who built them.  In some cases, I seize on small pieces of left-behind scrap, a book left to rot, a chair that’s been claimed as a nest for squirrels, or a lone green glass jug, glittering in the fading light of the afternoon sun.

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100 Days of National Parks: Day 45 – The Wave, Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

The Wave

There are few more iconic photography destinations in the American Southwest than the Wave in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, in Northwest Arizona. It’s a mecca for professional and aspiring amateur photographers, along with scores of regular wanderers who’ve done a little pinterest research before setting out on their southwest road trip. The undulating, seemingly unnatural natural curves and striations in the rock pull in visitors from around the globe, and its extreme exclusivity make its permits the hottest ticket in town (that town being Kanab, Utah).
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The Wave

The Wave
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There are few more iconic photography destinations in the American Southwest than the Wave in Vermillion Cliffs National Monument, in Northwest Arizona.  It’s a mecca for professional and aspiring amateur photographers, along with scores of regular wanderers who’ve done a little pinterest research before setting out on their southwest road trip.  The undulating, seemingly unnatural natural curves and striations in the rock pull in visitors from around the globe, and its extreme exclusivity make its permits the hottest ticket in town (that town being Kanab, Utah).

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100 Days of National Parks: Day 28 – Orion Under Owachomo Bridge, Natural Bridges N.M.

Orion Under Owachomo Bridge

Some places reward the extra effort it takes to reach them. Tucked in the middle of nowhere in southeast Utah, Natural Bridges National Monument is fifty miles from the nearest town, making it a destination not often traveled to unless explicitly targeted. In fact, for many decades since its establishment in 1904 as Utah’s first National Monument, it was almost inaccessible, with the only route to the Park a three-day ride from Blanding, to the east. While a state highway passes near it today, it’s easily bypassed, though doing so would be a huge mistake.

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Orion Under Owachomo Bridge

Orion Under Owachomo Bridge
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Some places reward the extra effort it takes to reach them.  Tucked in the middle of nowhere in southeast Utah, Natural Bridges National Monument is fifty miles from the nearest town, making it a destination not often traveled to unless explicitly targeted.  In fact, for many decades since its establishment in 1904 as Utah’s first National Monument, it was almost inaccessible, with the only route to the Park a three-day ride from Blanding, to the east.  While a state highway passes near it today, it’s easily bypassed, though doing so would be a huge mistake.

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Taking a John-Day in John Day

Sometimes you just need to take a day for yourself, get in the car, and drive until you can’t drive anymore. After a week filled with a lot of emotional and personal frustrations, I headed down to the Portland Saturday Market excited to get out and sell some more photos, only to find all the vendor spots taken and myself left out of the Market for the day. It was a beautiful morning though, the sun casting beautiful morning light along the waterfront in downtown Portland, and I seized the opportunity to head out and look for some areas of Oregon I’d never taken the chance to explore before. I loaded up with all the essentials; half a dozen Blue Star Donuts and enough candy and snack food to last me a week, and set off eastward.

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Sometimes you just need to take a day for yourself, get in the car, and drive until you can’t drive anymore.  After a week filled with a lot of emotional and personal frustrations, I headed down to the Portland Saturday Market excited to get out and sell some more photos, only to find all the vendor spots taken and myself left out of the Market for the day.  It was a beautiful morning though, the sun casting beautiful morning light along the waterfront in downtown Portland, and I seized the opportunity to head out and look for some areas of Oregon I’d never taken the chance to explore before.  I loaded up with all the essentials; half a dozen Blue Star Donuts and enough candy and snack food to last me a week, and set off eastward.

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