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Mobius Arch and My Arch in Alabama Hills

Mobius Arch in Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, California by Anne McKinnell

There is so much to explore near my favourite new campsite in Alabama Hills, California. So many amazing rock formations, piles of boulders, and green plains, all with the majestic Mount Whitney and the Sierra Nevada Range in the background. There was even a slight dusting of snow remaining on the mountains during my visit. […]

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Sunset at the Estuary in Campbell River, BC

Sunset at the Estuary in Campbell River BC by Anne McKinnell

A few evenings ago we were treated to the most beautiful sunset at our campsite at Thunderbird RV park in Campbell River, BC. This is our view from the back window of the RV! I’m so glad we picked an RV with a big picture window in the back. The estuary fills up with water […]

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Campground Wildlife in Campbell River, BC

Great Blue Heron

Our new home for the rest of the summer is in Campbell River, British Columbia, where we found a beautiful campsite with abundant wildlife, only 5 minutes walk from the marina! Campbell River, a mid-point on Vancouver Island, is the place we planned on moving to before we decided we love the RV lifestyle and […]

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Our New Favourite Campsite: Alabama Hills

Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California

One of our last stops in last winter’s snowbird season was a place that has been recommended to us by a few fellow RVers: Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, California. Some of the best places we’ve discovered have been from those kinds of recommendations, and this one sure didn’t disappoint. In fact, it’s now our […]

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Wallace Island Marine Park, British Columbia

Wallace Island Marine Park

The best part about summer on the coast of British Columbia is being out on the water on those warm, calm days. My little power boat, “Snoopy”, takes me to all sorts of out of the way places where I can explore the bays, coves, and watch the wildlife. Between Vancouver Island and the mainland, […]

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Kolob Terrace

Kolob Terrace, Zion National Park, Utah by Anne McKinnell

While trying to get away from the spring break crowds in Zion National Park, Utah, we discovered Kolob Terrace in the central part of the park. To get there from Zion Canyon, you exit the park on the south, travel west to Virgin, and go up Kolob Terrace Road where you re-enter the park. (Note, […]

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Kolob Canyons

Kolob Canyon

Zion National Park can be a pretty busy place with all the hikers doing Angel’s Landing and the Narrows and all the photographers lined up on the bridge. Plus, we made a critical mistake. Because we had been there before, we didn’t do as much research as we usually do. We just booked a week […]

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Roadside Attraction: California Poppies

California Poppy by Anne McKinnell

On our drive back home from our snowbird season, we stopped for a night of free parking at a Casino in Nice, California. As we pulled in, I noticed out of the corner of my eye, behind the dumpsters in the back, a small patch of California Poppies. When the wind died down, I went […]

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The Watchman, The Virgin River, and No One But Me

The Watchman and Virgin River in Zion National Park, Utah by Anne McKinnell

As I made this photo, there were at least 20 photographers lined up on the bridge in front of me making a very similar photo. They are just around the bend in the river. The perspective is a bit different: a more elevated position, less river, no tree. But is it really that much better? […]

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Towers of the Virgin

Towers of the Virgin, Zion National Park, Utah, by Anne McKinnell

It was one of those mornings when I lift the blinds on the window, a little bleary eyed, and suddenly I’m awake, excited about what I see. With a little hop and a jump I grab my camera gear and I’m off! I was staying at an RV park just outside Zion National Park in […]

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A Secret Oasis of Barrel Cacti

Barrel cacti in Nevada by Anne McKinnell

Somewhere off the beaten track in middle of nowhere, Nevada, I saw an interesting rock outcropping in the distance. “Let’s go explore!” I said to Ray. I could see the look in his eyes. “Long Pants!” I exclaimed. So we donned our long pants and set off amongst the prickly pear cactus, the teddy bear […]

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Abstract Rock Art in the Southwest

Whitney Pocket Nevada by Anne McKinnell

The thing I like the most about photographing in the southwest USA is the limitless opportunities not only for the grand scenic landscapes, but all the smaller abstract scenes that are inherent in them. After you’ve seen places like Zion National Park, or the Valley of Fire, some miscellaneous rock formation in the middle of […]

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Arch at Whitney Pocket, Nevada

Arch at Whitney Pocket, Nevada, by Anne McKinnell

Way out in the desert, at the northeast end of Lake Mead in Nevada, lies one of our favourite new boondocking spots: Whitney Pocket. In amongst the crags we set up our RV and spent a few days wandering this remote and peaceful area. Well, peaceful until the boy scouts showed up with their black […]

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Can Using a Tripod Inhibit Your Creativity?

Sunburst in the Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, by Anne McKinnell

When exploring in the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, I discovered this really neat rock formation. I really liked all the rings and layers of rock, and the peak that comes up from the lower rock and touches the top of the arch, like it was molded on a pottery wheel. It’s a […]

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Light Painting a Ghost Town

Gas station in El Dorada Canyon, Nevada, by Anne McKinnell

It’s great to have friends to meet up with and share experiences with when we’re on the road! Especially when we all get to learn about photography from each other at the same time. Last year one of my blog readers contacted me when it looked like we were coming his way and invited us […]

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Chuckwalla

Chuckwalla in the Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, by Anne McKinnell

While I was roaming around the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, trying to get a new perspective on Fire Wave, I ran across this rather large lizard! I had no idea what it was when I photographed her, but she’s a Chuckwalla! I’ve never heard of a Chuckwalla before. It turns out they […]

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More from Fire Wave

Fire Wave at Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, by Anne McKinnell

Well, the snowbird season is just about over. I’m sitting in our campsite in Port Angeles, Washington, where we will spend a day before hopping on the ferry to head back across the line to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where we will spend the summer. It’s been an amazing winter with 80 degree days almost […]

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Another Look at Fire Wave

Fire Wave at Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, by Anne McKinnell

One of the main attractions at the Valley of Fire State Park, in Nevada, is Fire Wave. It used to be hard to find, but now there is a trail with signage to help you get there. You have to walk through the rocks from marker to marker that eventually lead you to the most […]

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Fire Canyon Arch

Fire Canyon Arch in the Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, by Anne McKinnell

The Valley of Fire State Park, in Nevada, was one of the best discoveries we made last year so it was high on my list of places to return to this year. There is so much to see and explore there with interesting rock formations in all the colours of the rainbow. Last year, the […]

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Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona

Picacho Peak State Park, Arizona by Anne McKinnell

Another one of the fantastic state parks we discovered in Arizona this year is Picacho Peak State Park, which is just south of Tucson. It’s a landmark we noticed last year when we were driving by and we made a point of exploring it this year. It has a beautiful campground with huge sites and […]

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Superstition Mountains

Superstition Mountains, Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona by Anne McKinnell

One of the best things about RVing is that you meet people along the way who tell you their stories of places they have been. It’s not hard to discover the best places to go because they keep coming up in conversation. The Superstition Mountains in Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona, is one of the […]

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Bandon Beach Seascape

Bandon Beach, Oregon, by Anne McKinnell

A seascape is like a breath of fresh salty air isn’t it? I am a little tired of the cactus photos, and thought maybe you were too, so I dug up this seascape from earlier this snowbird season. I made it in one of my favourite places in the world, Bandon Beach, Oregon. Sorry I […]

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The Organ Pipe Cactus

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona, by Anne McKinnell

I like going to new places. Of course, there are favourite spots from previous trips that are impossible to drive past, places I could visit again and again like Joshua Tree National Park. But as much as possible I like to discover new things, blaze new trails, and explore places previous unexplored (at least by […]

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Sunset on a Sleeping Princess

Sunset on Sleeping Princess by Anne McKinnell

Our favourite new campsite is a BLM site called Gunsight Wash near Organ Pipe Catus National Monument. In the distant hills is a formation known as the sleeping princess, and we had a great view of her right from our site as the sun set behind her. Imagine her lying on her back, the sun […]

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