2018 Fall Road Trip

In October through the first part of November 2018, I took my first solo road trip. I made a platform bed for my family’s 2003 Subaru Outback and hit the road from Missoula, MT, winding down through Montana and Wyoming to Idaho, then in a figure 8 shape through many of southern Utah’s National Parks and Monuments, starting and ending in Zion. Some places I only passed through and spent one night in, and others I explored for 3-4 days. Each place had endless adventures and left me wanting to stay forever. My goal was to make it to Mammoth Lakes, CA by mid-November, where I would begin my first season as a ski instructor at Mammoth Mountain. I learned many lessons and a lot about myself, gained new and valuable experiences, and found several ways to grow as a human being all while on the road. Following are some photographs I captured along the way.

The morning after my first night camping in the car. Lewis Lake, Yellowstone National Park

The morning after my first night camping in the car. Lewis Lake, Yellowstone National Park

Part of the Teton Range, Grand Teton National Park

Part of the Teton Range, Grand Teton National Park

The Grand and its Neighbors, Grand Teton National Park

The Grand and its Neighbors, Grand Teton National Park

Detail, Craters of the Moon National Monument

Detail, Craters of the Moon National Monument

Lava Tunnel Exploring, Craters of the Moon National Monument

Lava Tunnel Exploring, Craters of the Moon National Monument

Top of a Cinder Cone, Craters of the Moon National Monument

Top of a Cinder Cone, Craters of the Moon National Monument

Zion Canyon from Observation Point, Zion National Park

Zion Canyon from Observation Point, Zion National Park

Looking NW from Observation Point, Zion National Park

Looking NW from Observation Point, Zion National Park

Colors and Textures, Zion National Park

Colors and Textures, Zion National Park

Observation Point Trail, Zion National Park

Observation Point Trail, Zion National Park

The Narrows, Zion National Park

The Narrows, Zion National Park

Layers of Bryce, Bryce Canyon National Park

Layers of Bryce, Bryce Canyon National Park

In the Amphitheater, Bryce Canyon National Park

In the Amphitheater, Bryce Canyon National Park

The Castle, Capitol Reef National Park

The Castle, Capitol Reef National Park

West Entrance to Capitol Reef National Park

West Entrance to Capitol Reef National Park

Sunrise at Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

Sunrise at Delicate Arch, Arches National Park

An overlook point in Island of the Sky District, Canyonlands National Park

An overlook point in Island of the Sky District, Canyonlands National Park

Self Portrait, Island of the Sky District, Canyonlands National Park

Self Portrait, Island of the Sky District, Canyonlands National Park

Sunrise at Mesa Arch, Island in the Sky District, Canyonlands National Park

Sunrise at Mesa Arch, Island in the Sky District, Canyonlands National Park

Druid Arch, The Needles District, Canyonlands National Park

Druid Arch, The Needles District, Canyonlands National Park

Hiking in the Needles District, Canyonlands National Park

Hiking in the Needles District, Canyonlands National Park

Slot Canyon, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Slot Canyon, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument

Mountain of the Sun Summit, Zion National Park

Mountain of the Sun Summit, Zion National Park

Lowest point in Contiguous US, Badwater Basin (-282 ft below sea level), Death Valley National Park

Lowest point in Contiguous US, Badwater Basin (-282 ft below sea level), Death Valley National Park

Alabama Hills Arch Framing Mount Whitney, which I climbed as a last hurrah of the trip!

Alabama Hills Arch Framing Mount Whitney, which I climbed as a last hurrah of the trip!