travel

LOOKOUT

Spent a night in a USFS Lookout Tower recently. Was one of those life experiences that, once you've done it, you wonder why it took so long to do it. Very, very amazing night. Highlights include finding surprisingly (and refreshingly) cool weather on top of a mountain, 360 degree views, doing laps on the wrap around porch, never-ending sunset, and scratching another "first" off the list.

SEATTLE

I feel like I have been playing a proverbial game of wack-a-mole lately in life. You know that game where a mole pops up and you smack it down? Well it's like that, but instead of moles, it's opened projects and unfinished business I have been trying to manage. It's necessary to start something before the other thing is put to rest I suppose, but at times it can seem like a circus with many, many loose ends. However, in the middle of these "projects," I found myself in Seattle for a few days and have to say that the change of pace and scenery, and quite frankly the change in the smell of the air did me a ton of good. The highlights of this trip for me include:

• Going to my first-ever baseball game. (I know, i know....i've just never been a baseball fan). • Staying at the Ace Hotel. Surprisingly, not as great as I imagined. (And come on Ace, a hook near the shower for a guy's towel isn't too much to ask for is it?) • Being in the Pacific NW on 4 consecutive, sunny, warm days. (Damn right we're going to the top of the Space Needle to look around!) • Walking around with no purpose (which was my purpose) taking photos of everything I could.

Here are a few pics from the Emerald City.

PERU: The People - part 1

I've been rather busy since returning from our trip to Peru, and it has been slowly killing me to not spend time with my images. But when I recognized that one month ago today, we began our trek on the Inca Trail i knew I had to get crackin'. It's hard to believe it's been a month already. I am going to break the images up into several posts, categorized by topic. To kick things off, here are a few photos of people taken throughout our visit. Questions and comments are always welcome.

MISSOULA'S NICE.

On the (many) flights we took to get to Peru, I kept stealing glances out the window and had to pinch myself every time. Just couldn't believe I was heading to Peru. Out loud, several times I leaned over to Erin and exclaimed, "we're the luckiest damn people in the world." Having neglected the travel bug too much in recent years, the importance and awesomeness of the experience was definitely not lost on me. However, now that I am home I am enjoying one of the best parts of any trip:  being home.  So, as I begin the process of image editing, I thought it would be fitting to kick things off with a little tribute to Montana...in all of it's "cheep," muscular glory.

 

HOME.

Made it home from Peru on Wednesday night. It kind of felt like limping through the finish line of an incredible race.  The flight schedule was miserable, very tiring and left me feeling drained and rather sick. We woke up at about 7 am Tuesday morning in Cusco, Peru and were pretty much awake until 11 pm on Wednesday night. 40 hours. Ug. Although I just want to sleep for days, I couldn't help but download, import and begin looking through the thousands of images I created. I can already tell there will be a few more sleepless nights ahead of me as I make my way through the editing process.  Rest assured however, select images will hit the blog soon.