These Shoes

These shoes. I love these shoes.

They’re nothing fancy. Just some New Balance trail runners I found cheap on clearance. But they’re comfortable and sturdy and they have good grip for climbing and hiking. Yet they look like a tennis shoe so they transition well to walking around town too.

They’re like old friends, these shoes. We’ve been to a lot of places together. In these shoes, I followed my friend Johnna up giant boulders in Canyonlands National Park and waded through ankle deep sand at Utah’s Great Salt Lake. If you look close they’re still stained red from Utah’s sandy terrain.

I’ve worn them lots of other places including the gritty streets of Pittsburgh and the muddy trails of Ohio’s Hocking Hills.

I like to think that I’m carrying with me a little piece of all the places I’ve been when I wear these shoes.

Alas, their days are numbered. They’re getting enough miles on them they will soon be too worn out to be useful or healthy even though the tops still look good.

One of these days I will be forced to replace them with a shiny new pair that I hope will take me on even more grand adventures. But I’m hoping to wear them on one more big adventure to Wyoming this summer.

By the way, I’m also grateful for the feet inside these shoes that take me everywhere I want to go and occasionally some places that I’m not sure I really want to go. If you’re able to get out of bed every day, walk around and do things for yourself, count yourself lucky.

Regardless of the shoes you wear, you are lucky.

Memorable Vacation Photos

I snapped this photo in the Utah desert last summer. It reminds me a little of the show Breaking Bad. It also reminds me of hot summer days hiking through Arches and Canyonlands with a wonderful friend.

Summer is just around the corner. I’ve been busy ordering visitors guides, scrolling through the web and studying maps.

Here’s hoping for a summer of memorable photos like this one.

Serenity and the Great Salt Lake

This woman was taking pictures during my visit to the Great Salt Lake and she seemed to be standing everywhere I wanted to take pictures.

After a couple of frustrating attempts to work around her, I gave in and incorporated her into some images.

I really like this one. It’s serene and a bit haunting. She looks at peace.

This picture is a good reminder that sometimes you just have to go with the flow and work with your circumstances – in photography and in life.

Read about my Salt Lake visit here and here.

A New Road

Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate
And though I oft have passed them by
A day will come at last when
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun.

J.R.R. Tolkien

Isn’t this an exciting idea? Your next adventure could be just down the road. Happy Friday, friends!