At midnight, on August 18th, 2017 I brought in my 30th birthday at Joshua Tree National Park. As the clock ticked twelve I was on top of an enormous boulder, staring up at the night sky, so dark that the Milky Way seemed to be within reach.  I slept out under the stars that night and woke thankful to be 30. Over the course of the previous two weeks, I had covered 7451 miles of road stretching from Pittsburgh to the West Coast.  I saw the badlands, jumped from a cliff in the Grand Tetons, hiked nearly 20 miles to sit on top of a mountain in Glacier National Park, drove the back roads of countless small towns, saw the beauty of Mount Rainier and Crater National and stood in awe at the vastness of Yosemite.  I got a tattoo in Venice Beach, watched the sun set into the Oacific Ccean, drove the 101 down the Oregon coast and spent 12 hours alone with the Giant Redwoods. Along the way, I have been touched by fortuitous encounters with strangers that led me down paths that I could not have previously planned or imagined. I saw a few old friends and made just as many new ones; for all of this, I remain grateful.  It is hard to articulate what this type of trip does for the mind, body and soul, but there is something about unfettered, solo travel that is both cleansing and renewing. 
       
     
 Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
       
     
 Jebediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California
       
     
 Leavenworth, Washington
       
     
 Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming
       
     
 Mt. Rainier, Washington
       
     
 Somewhere in Oregon 
       
     
 Glacier National Park, Montana 
       
     
 Somewhere in Oregon
       
     
 Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming
       
     
 Somewhere in Montana
       
     
 Jebediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California
       
     
 Yosemite National Park, California
       
     
 Jebediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California
       
     
 Highway 101, The Oregon Coast
       
     
 Joshua Tree National Park, California
       
     
 Joshua Tree National Park, California
       
     
 Garden of the Gods, Colorado
       
     
 Yosemite National Park, California
       
     
 Joshua Tree National Park, California
       
     
 Somewhere in Missouri
       
     
 The Grand Canyon, Colorado
       
     
 Yosemite National Park, California
       
     
 Highway 101, Oregon Coast
       
     
 The Badlands, South Dakota 
       
     
 Somewhere in Montana 
       
     
 Joshua Tree National Park, California
       
     
 At midnight, on August 18th, 2017 I brought in my 30th birthday at Joshua Tree National Park. As the clock ticked twelve I was on top of an enormous boulder, staring up at the night sky, so dark that the Milky Way seemed to be within reach.  I slept out under the stars that night and woke thankful to be 30. Over the course of the previous two weeks, I had covered 7451 miles of road stretching from Pittsburgh to the West Coast.  I saw the badlands, jumped from a cliff in the Grand Tetons, hiked nearly 20 miles to sit on top of a mountain in Glacier National Park, drove the back roads of countless small towns, saw the beauty of Mount Rainier and Crater National and stood in awe at the vastness of Yosemite.  I got a tattoo in Venice Beach, watched the sun set into the Oacific Ccean, drove the 101 down the Oregon coast and spent 12 hours alone with the Giant Redwoods. Along the way, I have been touched by fortuitous encounters with strangers that led me down paths that I could not have previously planned or imagined. I saw a few old friends and made just as many new ones; for all of this, I remain grateful.  It is hard to articulate what this type of trip does for the mind, body and soul, but there is something about unfettered, solo travel that is both cleansing and renewing. 
       
     

At midnight, on August 18th, 2017 I brought in my 30th birthday at Joshua Tree National Park. As the clock ticked twelve I was on top of an enormous boulder, staring up at the night sky, so dark that the Milky Way seemed to be within reach.

I slept out under the stars that night and woke thankful to be 30. Over the course of the previous two weeks, I had covered 7451 miles of road stretching from Pittsburgh to the West Coast.

I saw the badlands, jumped from a cliff in the Grand Tetons, hiked nearly 20 miles to sit on top of a mountain in Glacier National Park, drove the back roads of countless small towns, saw the beauty of Mount Rainier and Crater National and stood in awe at the vastness of Yosemite.

I got a tattoo in Venice Beach, watched the sun set into the Oacific Ccean, drove the 101 down the Oregon coast and spent 12 hours alone with the Giant Redwoods. Along the way, I have been touched by fortuitous encounters with strangers that led me down paths that I could not have previously planned or imagined. I saw a few old friends and made just as many new ones; for all of this, I remain grateful.

It is hard to articulate what this type of trip does for the mind, body and soul, but there is something about unfettered, solo travel that is both cleansing and renewing. 

 Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
       
     

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

 Jebediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California
       
     

Jebediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California

 Leavenworth, Washington
       
     

Leavenworth, Washington

 Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming
       
     

Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming

 Mt. Rainier, Washington
       
     

Mt. Rainier, Washington

 Somewhere in Oregon 
       
     

Somewhere in Oregon 

 Glacier National Park, Montana 
       
     

Glacier National Park, Montana 

 Somewhere in Oregon
       
     

Somewhere in Oregon

 Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming
       
     

Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming

 Somewhere in Montana
       
     

Somewhere in Montana

 Jebediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California
       
     

Jebediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California

 Yosemite National Park, California
       
     

Yosemite National Park, California

 Jebediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California
       
     

Jebediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California

 Highway 101, The Oregon Coast
       
     

Highway 101, The Oregon Coast

 Joshua Tree National Park, California
       
     

Joshua Tree National Park, California

 Joshua Tree National Park, California
       
     

Joshua Tree National Park, California

 Garden of the Gods, Colorado
       
     

Garden of the Gods, Colorado

 Yosemite National Park, California
       
     

Yosemite National Park, California

 Joshua Tree National Park, California
       
     

Joshua Tree National Park, California

 Somewhere in Missouri
       
     

Somewhere in Missouri

 The Grand Canyon, Colorado
       
     

The Grand Canyon, Colorado

 Yosemite National Park, California
       
     

Yosemite National Park, California

 Highway 101, Oregon Coast
       
     

Highway 101, Oregon Coast

 The Badlands, South Dakota 
       
     

The Badlands, South Dakota 

 Somewhere in Montana 
       
     

Somewhere in Montana 

 Joshua Tree National Park, California
       
     

Joshua Tree National Park, California