My Travels - gordonsmith

My Travels


I have discovered that being a landscape photographer involves lots of travel. That is one of the things about landscape photography that most appeals to me. I love to see new places and sometimes get lost. To this end, I thought it might be useful to keep a log of my travels since I became more serious about photography.

Although I have traveled many places in my younger days (notably Europe and Tahiti), I will begin this travel log in 2005. This was the time I became serious about photography and also the time I began using a tripod whenever possible.

Some locations are repeats: I go to Zion National Park, Montana, Yellowstone and California every year.

2018

February
- Ascent of Red Mountain, Ivins, UT
- Owens Loop, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, UT
March
- Grand Canyon, AZ:  Shaman's gallery, Tuckup Trail
- Grand Canyon, AZ:  Toroweap
- Runyon Canyon, CA
May
- Joe Blake Hill, AZ
- Rattlesnake Ridge, Arizona Strip
June
- Madison River Valley, MT

- Madison National Forest, MT
- Big Springs, (Henry's Fork of Snake River), ID
July
- Racehorse Falls, WA
- Whatcom Lake, WA
- Sucia Island, San Juan Islands, WA
- Whistler, British Columbia, Canada:  Lost Lake, Blackcomb, Blueberry docks (Alpha Lake),  Brandywine Falls
- Death Hollow, Escalante, UT
- Hells Backbone, UT

August
- Gunsight Butte, Lake Powell, UT
October
- Capitol Reef, UT:  Cathedral Valley with Upper Valley, South Desert and Temples of Sun and Moon
- Little Egypt, UT- Crack Canyon, UT
November
- Yant Flat, UT

2017

January
- Miami:  South Beach, Haulover Beach, Herzog and De Meuron building, Perez Art Museum
- Everglades National Park:  Shark Valley, Anhinga Trail
March
- St. Louis, MO:  Arch, Zoo
- Nauvoo, IL:  Pioneer sites
- Zion, UT:  Dalton Wash Road
April
- Hellhole Canyon, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, UT
- Madison Valley, MT
- Zion, UT:  Watchman trail
May
- Zion, UT:  Right fork, north creek, Double Falls, Barrier Falls, many other unnamed waterfalls

June
- Zion, UT:  Weeping Wall, Riverwalk
- Black Canyon of Colorado River, Nevada-Arizona Border:  Arizona Hot Springs, Emerald Cave
- Madison River Valley, MT
- Yellowstone, WY:  Old Faithful, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, West Thumb Geyser Basin, Lake Lodge, Brink of Upper Falls
July
- Vava'u, Tonga:  Swallows Cave, Blue Lagoon, Neiafu and Ofu, Kenutu, Kapa, Nuku, Ngau, Taunga, Maninita, Hunga Islands
September
- Zion, UT:  Virgin River Narrows to Big Spring
- Niagara Falls, NY and Canada
- Watkins Glen, NY
- Canandaigua Lake, NY and surrounding area
December
- Coyote Buttes South, Arizona

2016

January
-  Joe Blake Hill, AZ
-  Yant Flat, UT
February
-  Joshua Tree, CA:  Lost Pencil, Jumbo Rocks, Hidden Valley, Lost Horse Canyon Mine, Key's View, White Tank
-  Algodones Dunes (north and south)
-  Five Palms Oasis, Brawley, CA
-  Anza Borrego, CA:  Goat Canyon Trestle, Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Font's Point
-  Salton Sea, CA:  Bombay Beach, Niland Marina and other unnamed areas
-  Mojave Desert, CA:  Amboy ruins

March
- Zion, UT:  Left Fork North Creek
April
- Baker Reservoir, UT
- Black Canyon, NV:  Black Canyon of Colorado River, Arizona Hot Springs

United Kingdom:  Scotland and England

May
- Glencoe, Scotland:  Black Rock Cottage, West Highland Way, Skyfall, Loch Levan, Kilchurn Castle, Kinlochleven
- Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle, Scotland
- Edinburgh, Scotland:  Castle, Grassmarket, St. Giles, Kirk, Waters of Leith, Royal Mile
June
- Duddo Stone Circle, Northumberland, England

- Hadrian's Wall, Housesteads Fort
- Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland
- Durham, UK:  Cathedral, River Wear, Beamish Museum
- Bempton Cliffs Bird Sanctuary
- Whitby Abbey
- York, UK:  Minster, Railroad museuem
- Fountains Abbey
- Peaks District National Park, UK:  Cumbar Gap, Winnats Pass, Mam Tor, Mother Cap, Hassop, Monsal Trail, Chatsworth House
- Manchester, UK:  Old Trafford, Manchester Art Gallery
- Bristol, UK:  ssGreat Britain, Bristol Art Gallery
- West Bay, UK
- Alfriston, UK
- Beachy Head white cliffs, UK

July
- Cataract Canyon, UT
August
- Dungeon Canyon, Lake Powell, UT
- Rainbow Bridge NM, UT- Zion:  Left Fork, North Creek
- Snowbird, UT
- Lake Blanche and Sundial Peak, Big Cottonwood Canyon, UT
September
- Kanab Point, Grand Canyon NP, AZ
- Mount Trumbull, AZ
- West Rim Trail, Zion NP, UT
October
- Oxnard, CA
- Blake's Lambing Ground, UT
November
- Weeping Rock, Zion, UT
December
- Hobgoblin Valley (Little Finland), NV

2015

January
 - Hawaii Big Island:  Pololu Valley, Hi'ilawe Falls, Waipio valley, Pahoa, Hilo, Kona, Hapuna beach, Mauna Kea Beach, A-Bay, White Road Rim Trail 
March
- Maui, Hawaii:  Kanaapali beach, Makemakeole (13 crossings) trail, Kuoiku Head, Road to Hana, Ke'ane Arboretum, Hamoa beach, Charles Lindberg grave

April
 - Sand Hollow State Park:  Sand Mountain
 - San Francisco, California:  DeYoung Museum, Golden Gate Park, Oakland LDS temple, Chinatown, Embarcadero
May
 - Snow Canyon, UT:  White Rocks
June
 - Lake Powell, UT:  Face Canyon, Dominguez Butte, Padre Bay and Butte
 - Cedar Pocket, AZ
 - Desert Springs, AZ, a.k.a. "little Jamaica"
July
- Phoenix, AZ
 - Mosida, UT

August
 - Madison River Valley, MT - Gallatin River, MT
September
 - Sand Hollow State Park
 - Snow Canyon, UT:  Snow Canyon Overlook
October
 - Zion, UT:  La Verkin creek
 - Zion, UT:  Narrows
November
 - Zion, UT:  Coalpits Wash
 - Rockville, UT:  Rockville Bench and Mount Kinesava
December
 - Joe Blake Hill, AZ

2014

January
- Key West, Florida
- Bahia Honda State Park, Florida
- Everglades national park, Florida:  Anhinga trail, Pineland, Pine Glade Lake, Mahogany Hammock
- Miami, Florida:  South Beach, Haulover Beach, Lincoln Avenue, Historic District
February
- Grand Staircase Escalante NM, UT:  West Clark Bench, Nautilus
March
- Hearst Castle, San Simeon, CA
- Avila Beach, CA
April
- Snow Canyon, UT:  Padre Canyon
- Gooseberry Mesa, UT

May
- Red Mountain, Ivins, UT
- Fort Pearce and Warner Valley, UT
- Grapevine, UT
- San Luis Obispo, CA
- Pine Valley Mountain, UT
June
- Salt Lake City, UT
July
- Madison River Valley, MT
- Yellowstone Park, WY:  Firehole River, Artists Paint Pots, Norris Geyser Basin, Vixen Geyser, Grand Prismatic Spring
- Upper Mesa Falls, ID
- Bozeman, MT

August
 - Lake Powell, UT and AZ
 - Face Canyon, AZ
 - Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA
 - La Brea Tar Pits, CA
September
 - Paria River, UT:  Windows, Slide Rock Arch
 - Buckskin Gulch, UT
October
 - Colonnade Arch (5 Hole Arch), San Rafael Desert, UT
 - Canyonlands National Park (Needles District): Chesler Park, Druid Arch, Devils Kitchen, Elephant Hill, Elephant Canyon, Newspaper Rock, Joint Trail
 - Arches National Park:  Marching Men, North Window, Turret Arch, Garden of Eden, Balanced Rock, Devils Garden (Double O Arch, Partition Arch, Landscape Arch), Sand Dune Arch

2013

January
Valley of Fire, NV: Pretzel Arch, Fire Wave, Crazy Hill, Fire Canyon Arch

February

British Virgin Islands:

- Jost Van Dyke: White Bay, Soggy Dollar Bar
-Sandy Cay National Park
- Sandy Spit
- Green Cay
- Little Jost Van Dyke
- Anegada: Loblolly Bay, Cow Wreck Beach, Salt Pond
- Prickly Pear Island, Eustatia Sound, Bittern End Yacht Club
- Virgin Gorda: the Baths National Park
- Cooper Island: Manchioneel Bay
- Peter Island: Great Harbor
- Beef Island: Trellis Bay
- Tortola: Road Town

March
- Red Cliffs Desert Reserve: Sandstone Mountain
- Camelback/Vortex, Veyo, UT
April
- Red Cliffs Desert Reserve: Yant Flat
- Zion: Middle Fork of Taylor Creek, Double Alcove Arch
- Furia Beach, Ventury, CA
May

France

- Paris: Pont des Arts, Pont Alexsandre III, Place de la Concorde, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame cathedral, Palais Royale, Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, Tuileries Garden, Trocadero, Seine River, Rue Galande, Rue Cler, Rue Montorguiel, St. Chapelle, Arc de Triomphe, Hotel des Invalides, Napoleon's tomb, Champ de Mars
- Loire River Valley: Cheverny chateau, Chenonceau chateau, Chambord chateau
- Puy du Fou & Cholet
June
- Dordogne Region: La Roque-Gageac, Beynac Castle and town, Jardin de Marquessyac, Castelnaud castle & museuem, Sarlat town (Cathedral, Lantern of the Dead), Cahors Bridge
- Carcassonne
- Provence Region: Arles Roman arena, St. Triomphe cathedral, market, Orange Roman theater, Pont du Gard
- Eze
- Monte Carlo, Monaco

Italy

- Pisa: Duomo, Camposanto, Baptistry, Leaning tower
- Cinque Terre: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarole, Riomaggiore
- Reggio-Emilia
- Bolzano: Walther plaza, Cathedral, Otzi the Iceman
- La Villa: La Majun
- Val di Funes: San Pietro, Santa Magdelena, Zanes trail, San Giovanni church
- Alta Badia: Gardena Pass, Pordoi Pass, Sella pass, Falzarego pass, Sass Pordoi
- Cadore & Cortina
- Venice: St. Marks square, Basilica, Grand Canal, Arsenale, la Salute cathedral, Frari church, Saints John and Paul cathedral, Chiesa de la Pieta

July
- Zion: Kolob Canyons overlook
August
- Madison River Valley, Montana
- Yellowstone Park: Old Faithful, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Red Rock Point/hike, Inspiration Point, Hayden Valley, Mud Volcano, Sulfur Cauldron, West Thumb Geyser basin
- Wolf Mountain, Montana
September
- Snow Canyon: Petrified Dunes
- Red Cliffs Recreation Area: Quail Creek slot canyon
October
- Kanarra Creek, UT
- Capitol Reef, UT: Pleasant Creek, Spring Canyon, Chimney Rock, Sulpher creek, Fremont Falls, Fremont River
- New York City: Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockafeller Building, Times Square
November
- Yant Flat, Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, UT

2012

January

Maui, Hawaii

Eastern Waterfalls: Wailua falls, Iki falls, Upper Waikani waterfall, Nemo falls, Lower Hanawi waterfall, Wailua waterfall, Alelele falls, Hanawi falls, Waimoku falls, Hahalawe waterfall, Chute falls

East shore: Koki beach, Red Sand beach, Waianapanapa beach (black sand), Pipiwai trail, Nahiku, Hana, Venus Pool, Haleakala national park

South Shore: Big beach, Little beach, Makena, Po'olenalena beach

West Shore: Oneloa beach, Kapalua beach, Waihee ridge hike, Makamakaole stream and waterfall hike

March
San Diego Zoo

April
Grand Staircase Escalante: Rainbow canyon, Chimney Rock

June
Lake Powell: Padre Bay, Gunsight Butte, Cookie Jar butte
Hobgoblin Playground (Little Finland), Nevada

July
Snow Canyon, Utah: Padre canyon
Vermillion Cliffs: White Pocket
Coyote Buttes South: Paw Hole
Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Utah

August
Madison River Valley, Montana
Lewis and Clark Caverns, Montana
September
Snow Canyon, Utah: Petrified Dunes trail

October
Valley of Fire: Elephant Rock, Arch Rock, White Domes

November
Zion: Echo canyon, Three Patriarches, Temple of Sinewava

December
Zion: Observation Point
Valley of Fire: Portal arch, Seven Sisters, Windstone arch, White Domes

2011

January

Kauai, Hawaii

North Shore: Ke'e beach, Tunnels beach, Kilauea falls, Unnamed falls, Pila beach, Wainiha canyon, Hanalei bay
East Shore: Blue Hole hike (Waialeale), Makaleha hike, Ho'opi falls, Moloa'a beach, Anahola beach
South Shore: Maha'ulepu beach
West Shore: Polihale beach
Waimea state park
Koke'e state park: Po'omau Ditch trail, Kawaikoi stream, Pihea trail

March

Washington DC

National Sites: Capitol, White House, National Cathedral, National Mint
Memorial & Monuments, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, World War 2 Memorial
Museums: National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Museums (Air & Space, American History, Natural History), Ford Theater

Outer Banks, North Carolina: Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hill
Corrolla Lighthouse

April
Grand Staircase Escalante: Neon canyon, Golden cathedral, Sunset arch, Hole-in-the-Rock, Spooky slot canyon, Peek-a-Boo Slot, Dance Hall rock

June
Red Cliffs Desert Reserve: Cottonwood Canyon
Kanarra Creek, Utah

July
Madison River Valley, Montana
Yellowstone: Midway Geyser basin, Upper Geyser basin, Firehole falls
August Padre Bay, Lake Powell, UT

September
Double Falls (Right Fork of North Creek), Zion NP

October
Angel's Landing, Zion NP
Lava Point & Kolob Reservoir, Zion NP

December
Coyote Buttes North (the Wave), AZ: Boneyard, Land of Bacon, Wave, Lacy Rocks
Grand Staircase Escalante NM, UT: Sidestep Canyon, UT
Zion NP, UT: Angel's Landing

2010

February
Brian Head, UT

March
Hurricane Mesa, UT
Salt Lake City, UT

April

Beaver Dam Joshua Tree forest, UT
Cottonwood Creek, Red Cliffs Reserve, UT
Toquerville Falls, UT
Water Canyon, UT
Canaan Mountain, UT


May
Horseshoe Bend, AZ
Nipple Bench, UT
Alstrom Point, UT
Coyote Buttes North, AZ (the Wave): Top Rock, Second Wave, Wave, Boneyard, Melody Arch

June
Madison River Valley, MT
Wade Lake, MT
Yellowstone National Park: Mammoth Hot Springs, Beaver Ponds, Black Sand Basin, Old Faithful

July
Uinta Mountains: Cuberant Lakes Basin, Mount Marsell
Grand Canyon National Park: Bright Angel Point, Cape Final, Cape Royal, Angel's Window, Point Imperial, Saddle Mountain, East Rim Viewpoint
--August--
- San Luis Obispo, CA
- Cedar Breaks NM, UT
- Kannarraville Creek and waterfall, UT
- Brian Head, UT

--September--
- Snow Canyon, UT

--October--
- Grand Staircase Escalante NM, UT: Devil's Garden, Lower Calf Creek Falls, Hundred Hands, Sunset Arch, Hole-in-the-Rock Road
- Bryce Canyon NP, UT: Inspiration Point, Sunset Point, Navajo Trail
- Zion NP, UT: Middle fork of Taylor Creek

--November--
- Zion NP, UT: Big Bend, East Entrace

2009

--- February ----
 -Death Valley, CA:  Scotty's Castle, Racetrack, Zabriski Point, Golden Canyon, Badwater, Manly Beacon, Borax Mine Works

 ---- March ----
 - San Luis Obispo, CA
- Zion, UT:  Emerald Pools, Great White Throne, Coal Pits Wash

 ---- April ----
- Zion, UT:  Subway (Left fork of North Creek)

 --- May ---
- White Pocket, AZ
- Provo, UT
- Las Vegas, NV
- Red Cliffs Recreation area, UT

 --- June ---
 - Madison River Valley, MT
 - Wade Lake, MT
 - Yellowstone National Park: Wraith Falls, Fairy Falls, Old Faithful

---July----
 - Lake Powell, UT
 - Grand Canyon NP, AZ: North Rim, Bright Angel Point, Cape Royal, Roosevelt Trail, Point Sublime

--- September----
 - La Verkin Creek Falls, UT
- Best Friends Animal sanctuary, Kanab, UT

 ---October---
 - Big Sur, CA: Highway 1, Millcreek Canyon hike, Partington Point, Hurricane Point, Old Coast Road, Little Sur River
 - Garrapata SP, CA: Soboranes Point, Doud Creek
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP, CA
- Pfeiffer Big Sur SP and Beach, CA
- Point Lobos SP, CA: Point Trail
- Esalen Institute, CA

 ---December---
 - Coyote Buttes North, AZ (2 separate trips): the Wave, Top Rock, North Teepees, Land of Bacon, the Belfry

2008


 ---- January ----
 - Zion, UT: Riverwalk
 - Salt Lake City, UT
 - British Virgin Islands: Tortola, Jost Van Dyke, Anegada, Virgin Gorda & Cooper Islands

 ---- March ----
 - San Luis Obispo, CA
 - Avila Beach, CA
 - Shell Cliffs and Beach, CA

---- April ----
 - Zion, UT: East Zion and Many Pools Hike
 - Fort Pierce, AZ

 ---- May ----
 - Zion, UT: Towers of the Virgin, Pine Creek Waterfall

 ---- June ----
 - San Antonio, TX
 - Grand Staircase Escalante NM, UT: Yellow Rock, Wahweap Hoodoos
 - Coyote Buttes South, AZ: Paw Hole

---- July ----
 - Madison River Valley, MT
 - Union City Ghost Town, MT
 - Yellowstone National Park, WY: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Virginia Cascades, Upper Falls, Otter Creek, Norris Geyser Basin, Grand Prismatic Spring
 - Wade Lake, MT
---- October ----
 - Zion National Park, UT: Narrows Hike
 - Canyonlands National Park, UT: White Rim Trail, Islands in the Sky, Monument Basin, Candlestick, Gooseberry Canyon, Musselman Arch, White Crack, Murphy's Hogback

---- September ----
 - Cedar Break National Monument, UT
 - Cedar Mountain, UT

 ---- December ----
 - Grand Staircase Escalante NM, UT: Toadstool Hoodoo & Rimrock Hoodoos

2007

 ---- January ----
-Salt Lake City, UT

 ---- March ----
 -San Luis Obispo, CA
 -Morro Bay, CA
 -Squire Canyon
 -Montana de Oro State Park, CA

 ---- April ----
 -Zion National Park, UT: Clear Creek, Kolob Terrace, Kolob Arch & Hurricane Creek Hike
 -Grafton Ghost Town, UT
 -Grand Canyon National Park, AZ: Toroweep

 ---- May ----
 -Zion National Park, UT: Northgate Peaks
Aspens in Cedar Breaks
---- June ----
 -Madison River Valley, MT
 -Yellowstone National Park, WY: Old Faithful, Black Sand Basin, Firehole Canyon drive, Firehole Lake Drive

---- July ----
 -Lake Powell, AZ and UT: Padre Bay, Navajo Canyon

 ----August----
 -Old Iron Town State Park, UT
 -New Harmony, UT

 ---- September ----
 -Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UT: Wahweap Hoodoos
 -Las Vegas, NV
 -Beaver Dam Mountains, UT
 -Oak Grove, UT
 -Zion National Park, UT: The Subway (Left Fork of North Creek) Hike

 ---- October ----
 -Bisti Badlands, NM: Stone Wings, the Eggs, Moon Area
 -Chaco Canyon Pueblo Ruins, NM: Pueblo Bonito, Chetro Ketl
 -Shiprock, NM
 -White Rock Overlook, NM
 -Santa Fe, NM
 -High Road to Taos, NM: Santuario de Chimayo, Las Trampas, Talpa, San Francisco de Asis, & Rio Grande Gorge
 -Jemez River Valley, NM
 -Guadalupe River Gorge, NM
 -Badelier National Monument, NM: Frijoles Canyon Ruins
 -Spence Hot Spring, NM
 -Church Rock, AZ

 ----November----
 -Las Vegas, NV: Air America

 ---- December ----
 -Snow Canyon State Park, UT: Johnson Canyon Hike
 -Grand Staircase Escalante NM, UT: Grovesnor Arch, Cottonwood Canyon Road
A shot from Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico.
Yellowstone National Park

2006

 ---- January ----
 - Koke’e State Park, Kauai, HI: Nu’alolo Cliffs Trail to Awa-‘awapuhi Hike
 - Na Pali Coast, Kauai, HI: Kalalau Trail to Hanakapi’ai Falls
 - Polihale State Park, Kauai, HI
 - Waimea Canyon, Kauai, HI
 - Wailua Falls, Kauai, HI

 ---- April ----
 - Zion National Park, UT: Spry Canyon Hike

 ---- May ----
 - San Diego, CA

Zion Narrows
 ---- June ----
 - Madison River Valley, MT
 - Yellowstone National Park, WY: Midway Geyser Basin, Firehole Canyon drive
 - Salt Lake City, UT

---- July ----
 - Las Vegas, NV

 ----August----
 - Zion National Park, UT: Canyon Overlook & Narrows Hike
 - Antelope Canyon, AZ
Mission San Luis Obispo
 ---- October ----
 - Snow Canyon State Park, UT
 - Death Valley National Park, CA: Badwater Basin, Devils Golf Course, Devils Cornfield, Stovepipe Wells Sand Dunes, La Playa (the Racetrack), Ubehebe Crater
 - Yosemite National Park, CA: Cathedral Beach, John Muir and Mist Trails, Sentinel Bridge, Tunnel View, Valley View, Fern Falls, Glacier Point, Washburn Point, Tuolumne Meadows; Olmstead Point, Wawona Grove

 ----November----
 - Coyote Buttes North, AZ (the Wave)
 - Antelope Canyon, AZ
 - Horseshoe Bend, AZ

 ---- December ----
 - Coyote Buttes North, AZ (the Wave again)

2005

 ---- March---

 San Francisco, CA: Chinatown, Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square, Little Italy, Financial District, Alcatraz

 ---- June ----
 - Madison River Valley, MT
 - Virginia City, MT
 - Yellowstone National Park, WY: Old Faithful

 ---- August ----
 - San Luis Obispo, CA
 - Big Sur, CA
 - Julia Pfeifer State Park, CA: McWay Falls
 - Point Lighthouse, CA
San Luis Obispo Harbor
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