Fairy Lake, MT

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Submitted by Daniel Shyles on June 6, 2014 - 9:03am

A photographic definition of serenity. I had been staying at Battle Ridge campground which offered some nice trails and sightseeing, ie views of the snowcapped mountains. But a grim history and its proximity to the roadway deemed it an unfulfilling camping experience as far as intrepid adventure goes. It is convenient for hopping into Bozeman, and has accommodations such as a few vault toilets, picnic table, and camp grill. But, today and tonight I want something different.

Big Sur, CA

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Submitted by Daniel Shyles on March 29, 2014 - 6:44pm

Continuing up the coast we entered Los Padres National Forest, home to some of the largest trees in the world, the Redwood Sequoia. The coastline drive quickly gave way to cliffsides overlooking the Pacific Ocean as we entered "el país grande del sur” as it was once known to the first European settlers in 1770 led by Gaspar de Portolá who founded Monterey Bay, seventy miles north.

El Malpais National Monument, NM

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Submitted by Daniel Shyles on March 18, 2014 - 5:14pm

Tuesday, March 18th 2014 

The next morning we packed up and drove on to Albuquerque for some New Mexican breakfast. Our diner of choice was Lollie's in a little offshoot from downtown. We got carne adovada with eggs, huevos rancheros, beef and bean sopapilla, chicharrones, and sweet rice for dessert. Yeah, we went all out. The waitress came to the table after our feast and exclaimed, “Man, you guys were hungry!”

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, TX

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Submitted by Daniel Shyles on March 16, 2014 - 3:54pm

Entering into the latter part of the evening, with the rain not letting up, camping was not going to happen. Instead we decided to book it to Amarillo, TX through the night. Rachel pulled up to Palo Duro Canyon State Park around 3AM with me snuggled up in the passenger seat. The rain had let up by this time, but the wind was roaring, still. Little did we know that the strong winter-spring desert winds would be our close frenemy over the next two days.