“Two roads diverged in the wood, and I...
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”
Robert Frost The Road Not Taken and Other Poems
So to, I have taken the less traveled. But to travel where no roads dare...that has made all the difference.
We have been lucky to be able to live and travel to some remarkable places. As you can see from the images below, many of the places we have gone to are places where there are no roads.
The only means to getting to places like the canals and glaciers of Patagonia along the Chilean side is by boat. Much of that coast line is uncharted and unforgiving. Being part of a crew of 15 on Alaska Eagle, gave us the opportunity to use seamanship skills we have been gaining over our 30+ years of sailing. Alaska Eagle was skippered by a couple had sailed these waters seven times before. But, as sailors know it takes everyone doing their part doing their part when on and off their watch. It’s an experience few will ever have.
The same can be said for our adventure aboard Discovery on Prince William Sound. To experience a place where few can because of its remoteness does make “all the difference.” Then there are the places where you can only get to by hiking in.
We were blessed to be able to live in New Zealand for four years. Amazing land. Amazing people. From the sub-tropical North Island to the alpine South Island there are wonders around every corner. Our four-day adventure along the Milford Trek took us to a wondrous, primeval rain forest.
And then there’s Wyoming. The Wind River Range is a designated wilderness area. That means the only way in, around and out is by horse or on foot. My two lakeside images epitomize the wonders to be experienced. And, Yellowstone in winter is a special place. The one road that is “open” in winter in Yellowstone is the Lamar Valley road. The rest is only accessible by skis, snowshoes, snow coaches, and snowmobiles. I remember getting up early one morning, the temperature was -16. From our lodge I hiked over to Old Faithful. For two eruptions, I was the only one there. Very special.
As a photographer and artist you hope, as Guy Tal wrote in his book More
Than a Rock, “to express more in images than the mere appearances of the things portrayed.” I hope my images that follow accomplish that.
So, as John Muir once said "Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt."