Road Trippin’ 2014

I’m in the midst of planning a road trip for late spring along the West Coast of the US ending up in Wine Country…of course!  I always take pictures from the car and here’s a sampling of my road collection….

Back road near Lumsden, SK, August 2013

Back road near Lumsden, SK, August 2013

driving through Grand Tetons, June 2008

driving through Grand Tetons, June 2008

driving to Kananaskis Lodge, October 2012

driving to Kananaskis Lodge, October 2012

going through Banff, June 2011

going through Banff, June 2011

Near Paia, Maui, March 2011

Near Paia, Maui, March 2011

Road to Mount Edith Cavell, July 2012

Road to Mount Edith Cavell, July 2012

heading for home, June 2008

heading for home, June 2008

The Road Not Taken

I realized as I was going through my photo library today that I like to take pictures of roads. One of my favourite poems is The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost. So, today’s post is a combination of two of my favourite things (and yes, the last picture is not of a road, but it was quite the journey to get to that view).

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Field near Lumsden, Saskatchewan, August 2013

Field near Lumsden, Saskatchewan, August 2013

Road to Hana, Maui, March 2011

Road to Hana, Maui, March 2011

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
Castle Butte, Southern Saskatchewan, August 2013

Castle Butte, Southern Saskatchewan, August 2013

Gravel road near Eastend, Saskatchewan, July 2013

Gravel road near Eastend, Saskatchewan, July 2013

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
View from Bald Butte, Cypress Hills, July 2013

View from Bald Butte, Cypress Hills, July 2013

Roada to Mount Edith Cavell, Jasper, Alberta, July 2012

Road to Mount Edith Cavell, Jasper, Alberta, July 2012

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
On a zodiac, somewhere off the coast of British Columbia, June 2013

On a zodiac, somewhere off the coast of British Columbia, June 2013

Athabasca Falls

I haven’t posted any pics from my camping trip with my parents to Jasper in July lately so here are a few from Athabasca Falls. The falls were quite close to the campground we were staying at so it was our first touristy stop.  It was a rainy day and raining the evening before when we arrived so I was a bit worried we were in for a rain-filled week.  I do a love rainy day, but of course when it’s raining in the mountains, those mountains are hidden and it’s also more challenging to take pictures in the rain (a plastic bag and tea towel were hastily put together) and my dad and I planned to take a lot of pictures on this trip.  The rain did eventually stop and the temperature ended up being quite comfortable for sight seeing and short hikes.

As much as I like checking out the sights, I also enjoy people watching, especially other tourists!  A few years ago when I was visiting Yellowstone and walking back to the car after checking out the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, a middle-aged couple were pulling into the parking lot, the driver rolled down his window and asked how far it was to the first look-out point.  I said it was a quick two minute walk, he said “Really? That’s too far for us to walk” and drove off!  Really?  It made me wonder what else they missed out on while they were in Yellowstone.

Anyway, here are the Athabasca Falls pictures and one of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

walking in the woods

“I have always found thick woods a little intimidating, for they are so secret and enclosed.  You may seem alone but you are not, for there are always eyes watching you.  All the wildlife of the woods, the insects, birds, and animals, are well aware of your presence no matter how softly you may tread, and they follow your every move although you cannot see them.”
–  Thalassa Cruso

I was looking for quotes about forests and nature and found this one. This is how I feel when I’m walking in the woods. I’m well aware that I’m just a visitor passing through. These are pictures taken at the Wabasso Camground in Jasper National Park.  It was a nice campground, about a half hour drive from the town of Jasper, close to Athabasca Falls and Mount Edith Cavell (I’ll post pictures of both at some point).

off to the mountains

Two days of work and then I’m off to the mountains…not the mountains in this picture just outside of Banff…but close.  Not sure if I’ll be posting anything while I’m away, maybe the odd pic from my phone.  Thank you for your visits so far, hopefully I’ll have lots of interesting pics to post when I return.  I’m excited to put my new camera to work!