Kauai: Photographic Journey

How do you plan your trips, or do you plan them at all? My approach is: find a beautiful photo and plan the day around the location of it. I used the same approach when planned a Hawaiian trip. The only problem is that the whole of Kauai looks like a paradise. So the following…

Winter Weekend at Mt Shasta

Among dozens of places in California where one could spend a weekend, Mount Shasta became my favorite. Especially entertaining this place is during the winter season. Higher elevations tend to get some snow cover during the cold weather, and Mount Shasta becomes a ski resort. If you do ski, visit Mt. Shasta Ski Park. But…

Winter road trip in New Mexico

Two years ago, we drove into New Mexico for a week-long Christmas road trip. I had a long list of places I wanted to see, experience, and photograph. However, a few days before our flight, it became clear that it would not be the case. It was a year of several weeks long government shutdown…

Lassen National Park

If one day someone asks me what my two favorite California National Parks are, I would say Lassen and Redwoods. No, not Yosemite – that is amazing but always busy, sometimes way too busy to be enjoyable. Not Death Valley, which is though very likable but still is a desert that is deadly half of…

Early Fall in Grand Teton

I had a chance to spend several days in Grand Teton, my favorite national park, at the end of August, beginning of September. As always, I wished aspen would already start to turn yellow but no – they were summer green. But fall felt everywhere – brown grasses and bright yellow bushes were first signs…

Glacier National Park

A few years ago we bought National Park journal, where you need to put stickers and dates of your visits, eventually earning a regional sticker. Of course, I cannot leave empty spaces in it. I felt like I must visit at least all of the western parks. And Glacier eventually became my top of the…