As a kid, travels were filled with surprise and adventure. Sometime between then and now that changed as it became easy to plan out trips, to know exactly where to go to see a specific view. It made certain I saw the popular sights but made the trips a little predictable and boring. In recent years I've tried to bring back some of the adventure, fun and unknown by either doing less research for a trip, or simply venturing away from the well known spots.


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Forest scene. Near Santa Cruz, California.
Zabriskie Point. Death Valley National Park.
Edge of light. Death Valley National Park.
Morning in Joshua Tree National Park.
Quiet Coast. Guadalupe Dunes, California.
A wave breaks on a quiet morning. Guadalupe Dunes, California.
Sunrise sand ripples. Guadalupe Dunes, California.
Forest Scene. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.
Small waterfalls, just upstream from a really big one. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.
Cows along Coleman Valley Road. This image is exactly what pops into my mind when I think about driving around Sonoma County.
Kalalau Valley overlook, Kauai.
Not gonna lie... This was photographed from a parking lot in Yosemite Valley.
First light on the famous Elm in Cook's Meadow as the sun rose over Half Dome. Yosemite Valley.
The view of San Miguel de Allende from a restaurant near the El Mirador overlook. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
The Cathedral. Looking down on Basilica Colegiata de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato from Monumento al Pipila. Guanajuato, Mexico.
One of my favorite places to go for a drive. West of Petaluma, California.
Looking down a narrow street first thing in the morning. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Locked Up. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
Looking down at Templo de San Diego and Jardin de la Union from Monumento al Pipila. Guanajuato, Mexico.
The fantastic view from Monumento al Pipila. Guanajuato, Mexico.
Front Door. Guanajuato, Mexico.
Up the Alley. One of the many narrow streets near the Universidad de Guanajuato. Guanajuato, Mexico.
Blooming dogwoods. Yosemite Valley.
Above the Valley. Rain, clouds and wind at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.
Rain, clouds and wind at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park.
Cabin in Fall. Ridgway, Colorado.
Sunrise at Koki Beach. Maui.
Fantastic scenery near Ridgway, Colorado.
Photographed from the Moraine Lake rock pile. Banff National Park, Canada.
Vermillion Lakes. Banff National Park, Canada.
Sunrise over the coastal hills of Sonoma County, California.
An early morning drive to the coast. Sonoma County, California.
A small stream in Columbia River Gorge, Oregon.
Tide Traces. Crescent City, California.
Fog moves into a forest of Redwoods. Damnation Creek Trail, near Crescent City, California.
Santa Rosa Creek Road near Cambria, California.
Cottonwood reflections in the Cimarron River, Colorado.
Sunrise from the highest point on Maui.
Oaks and shadows at Sonoma Valley Regional Park. Sonoma County, California.
Rhododendrons and redwoods. Damnation Creek Trail.
Bixby Bridge and the Central California Coast.
Trees and rock wall. Pinnacles National Park.