Athens, OH 3 September 2017 –
This past summer I spent a little more than a month on a road trip with one of my best friends, Keegan. The point of the trip was to explore as much of this country and its national parks as we could. We visited North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado.
While in these states, we got to see some of the most incredibly beautiful natural landscapes that the United States has to offer. In between campsites, we spent a little bit of time in cities. We were mostly visiting old friends who had moved across the country. These friends include Ohio University alumni, old roommates, and Keegan’s parents’ friends from college. It was an awesome opportunity to see people we hadn’t seen in far too long. It was also nice to sleep in a bed every once in a while.
The following are some pictures from the month on the road:
Keegan and I are standing in the hollowed base of a redwood tree, which towered far above us.
This picture was taken as we canoed toward Mount Moran in the Grand Teton National Park.
This is a long exposure of the night sky over Yosemite Valley. You can see El Capitan and Half Dome.
It was extremely humbling to be so close to wildlife, especially a massive bison. It’s a very effective reminder that humans are by no means the biggest animal in the woods.
Travelling to so many awesome places gave me a whole new appreciation for our massive country. It was absolutely one of the most rewarding experiences of my summer. I cannot wait to take another trip like this one.