Our Mojave National Preserve roadtrip

Sunset over Kelso Dunes, Mojave National Preserve

It was February 2009 when Kim and I brought friends Victoria and Terry on a short roadtrip to California. Our primary destination was Mojave National Preserve, a national park unit tucked away between I-15 and I-40 near the borders of California, Nevada, and Arizona. It was a first visit for Kim and I, who had been on a quest to visit all of the national parks.

Along the way, we stopped at the Blythe Intaglios, a series of rock geoglyphs near the Colorado River. Because it had rained just before we left Arizona, some roads in Mojave were a bit rough and the park ranger suggested we stick to just a few parts of the park. We spent some time at the Kelso Depot and Kelso Dunes, and camped and hiked near Hole-in-the-Wall. We also managed a tour of Mitchell Caverns within the Providence Mountains State Recreation Area. When it was time to head home, we traveled along historic Route 66 and stopped off at Joshua Tree National Park for half a day before finishing the drive home.

It was a short trip, but we managed to see quite a bit. I’ve finally posted the photos from the trip, so please feel free to take a look and leave a comment or two.

A year’s worth of daily mugshots

Last year, I ran across a video of someone who had taken a daily photo of himself for more than 4 years. It seemed like a cool idea, and a day or two later I came across dailymugshot.com. I signed up and gave myself the personal goal of doing it for 3 months.

Today, I took my 365th shot.

Yep, a whole year’s worth of webcam shots. All in all, it was only a mildly interesting endeavor. Sure, it serves as a reminder of my life over the last year or so of my life—but generally, it didn’t quite turn out the way I was hoping.

And with that, I think I’m done with the project. I didn’t notice that many personal changes over the course of the year—given the year I’ve had, that’s not a bad thing at all. I’m also not thrilled with the dailymugshot website—the interface is clunky, you can’t export these photos, and why the hell can I only see 200px wide shots?! So I’m ending any personal commitment I feel for the project. It’s been fun, kinda, but I’m done.

For those of you who want to see the final show, here it is:

Update: unfortunately, it looks like the company has folded, so there’s no longer any slideshow available. I’ve removed the links to what is now a spam site. In case the original files pop up somewhere, I was user 15392. Bummer.

Pictures from our Texas national park roadtrip

Big Bend National Park

It’s taken me nearly a year, but I finally posted pictures from our national park roadtrip to Texas last winter. I’m not sure why it’s taken me so long, but it’s clear that I’m losing some of the excitement of getting the perfect trip photos online. In fact, I spend noticeably less time taking pictures on trips (and am more likely to use my point-and-shoot than lug around my dslr), and I’m also taking far less time to edit, name, describe, and tag the photos I do take. So, please excuse the following albums for not containing those details…I’ll see if I can’t add some of them later on.

If you’d like to review the trip, we made sure to blog each night:

Our next trip starts in a few days, and if things go as planned, we’ll continue to blog each night. And yes, this time I’ll be sure to get the photos up much sooner.

Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

I finally got around to posting some pictures from the quick Sand Canyon hike I took in Canyons of the Ancients National Monument with co-workers in late September. It was a nice little trail that often followed an interesting little bluff strewn with little reconstructed ruins. Since I love wandering around curiously-shaped rock formations and in the present of good company, it was a nice break from the planning and interview sessions that dominated the trip.

A year of Flickr

According to the email notices, I’ve been Flickr “pro” subscriber for an entire year now. I was a bit skeptical when I first joined, especially since I already ran my own hiking pictures website, but I’m quite glad I went ahead and paid the $25. First, it’s very easy to use, and I am usually much better about posting pictures as a result. In addition, it serves a slightly different niche for me than scottpics.com. On that website, I try to post only pictures from hikes or national or state parks. On Flickr, I post whatever photos I’d like–some even from my cameraphone. The fact that there’s a great wordpress plugin available to display those pictures on this here website simply seals the deal.

Sign me up for year #2.

Arizona Strip pictures now online

I finally got around to posting some of the pictures from my March trip up to the Arizona Strip. Recently added:

  • The day I spent in the Mt Trumbull area of Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, including a stops at the Mt Trumbull Schoolhouse and the Nampaweap Rock Art Site.
  • My hike on the Wire Pass trail in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area, through cool slot canyons in the heart of red rock country.
  • A quick stop to Toroweap Point, the least-visited ranger station along the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
  • An evening walk around the LDS temple in St George, which is relatively impressive at night
  • My visit to the Johnson Ranch Dinosaur Discovery Center, the largest collection of dinosaur tracks in the world.

At some point, I’ll add the pictures I took of the GCPNM tour I took with the BLM/NPS, as well as some random shots, including of the Navajo Bridge. But in the meanwhile, enjoy what’s now online!