Sunset above Buck Creek Pass, Glacier Peak Wilderness, Washington.

Photo Essay: A Year of Outdoor Adventures

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By Michael Lanza

A few weeks ago, as I hiked with my daughter up the steep Grandview Trail in the Grand Canyon, knocking off the last few miles of a three-day backpacking trip that had been wonderful on many levels, I was feeling awfully satisfied. For starters, through most of this fall, I’d had a bad itch to get out somewhere—and the Big Ditch, it turns out, is a pretty good place to scratch that itch. Plus, we’d just enjoyed three absolutely gorgeous, summer-like days of father-daughter time, and the company of two other families who joined us.

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4 Responses to Photo Essay: A Year of Outdoor Adventures

  1. Steven Dunnavant   |  December 5, 2013 at 7:51 am

    Hey Michael! Another very well written article that has me ready to head out right now! (Your pictures need to be made available in HD for purchase for wall art!) I like your emphasis on planning. Yesterday I met with a friend for a lunch we’ve had scheduled for 3 weeks to discuss our Spring and Summer 2014 plans for trips/activities. I brought printouts and we both broke out pencils and pads to take notes and to-do lists for gear and research. We said repeatedly yesterday “If it’s not on the calendar it will never happen.” Thanks for providing motivation both in writing and pictures. Outstanding!

    Steven

    • michaellanza   |  December 5, 2013 at 7:55 am

      Hey Steven, I say those exact words all the time: If it’s not on the calendar, it doesn’t happen. Way to go.

  2. Vicki Mullan   |  December 5, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Mike, absolutely beautiful pictures, as always. I think Moonrise over Columbine Lake, my favorite, should be produced for the masses! Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season.

    Vicki 🙂

    • michaellanza   |  December 5, 2013 at 7:37 am

      Thanks Vicki. Happy holidays.

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