As far as a Bucket List goes, I have always added things onto it once completed rather than crossing items off. I add things once I do them and the realization hits me that it was indeed something worthy of The List; over the years things like Being in Sleepy Hollow on Halloween, Tattoo someone else, become a published author, have a national bestseller, and the likes, have all found their way. This Tuesday, another one landed on the list as I was able to go behind the Green Monster scoreboard @fenwaypark and sign my name on it. Once in a lifetime chance and I am so thankful to have had it.

Weird life advice: Add items as you go, instead of ticking them off. It makes every thing feel so much more magic.
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I feel like I really need to get away for one summer like leave everything in pause here and go to a non touristic beach somewhere in Asia or Central America or the Mediterranean coast and live in a little house and befriend the locals and work at a bar at the beach or something and take photos and read and write and just forget all compromises I have at home and enjoy myself

Road trips for your bucket list.

Grand Canyon, Arizona to Moab, Utah

Distance: 1387km (862 miles)

Route 66, Illinois to California

Distance: 3210km (1995 miles)

The Atlantic Ocean Road, Norway

Distance: 8.3km (5.2 miles)

Great Ocean Road, Australia

Distance: 243km (151 miles)

Karakoram Highway (China to Pakistan)

Distance: 1303km (810 miles)

Ring Road, Iceland

Distance: 1335km (830 miles)

The Dalton Highway, Alaska

Distance: 666km (414 miles)

Milford Road, New Zealand

Distance: 120 km (74.5miles)

Amalfi Coast Road, Italy

Distance: 60km (37 miles)



#TravelTuesday with Guest Photographer Bob Wick through Southeastern Utah’s Red-Rock Riches!

Moab, Utah is synonymous with slickrock canyons and public land adventure sports. One could fill a novel with nearby public land recreation opportunities within a stone’s through of town. But for this trip, we’ll use Moab as a jumping off point to head further south into more remote canyons and mesas of Southeast Utah. 

Between Moab and Montecello is the immense Canyon Rims Recreation Area. It offers top-of-the-world vistas of vast the labyrinth of Colorado River Canyons including several BLM wilderness study areas and the east side of Canyonlands National Park.  The BLM maintains two primitive campgrounds on the rim, which are open from May to October and can serve as a base for exploration – although the views from the campgrounds themselves are so spectacular that there is no need to go far for stunning photo opportunities. More adventurous explorers can search the canyon rims for that perfect photo angle in the ever-changing light on the multi-hued red rocks.

Next, continue south to Cedar Mesa to visit one of the most significant cultural history locales in North America. This area was occupied by Ancestral Puebloan Native Americans, often called the “Anasazi”, between 800 and 2,000 years ago. Remains from their civilization are located throughout the canyons that dissect the mesa, and it is very moving and humbling to stand among them. Cliff dwellings, graineries and other structures are extremely well preserved and perched under overhangs in the cliffs. Amazing pictographs and petroglyphs can also be found here.  All of the sites require moderate to arduous hikes into the canyons and even multi-day backpacks are popular in Grand Gulch.  Due to the significance and fragility of the sites, you must obtain a permit for use of the area and numbers are limited during peak seasons. Plan ahead and also stop by the Kane Gulch Visitor Center for the latest information. 

Driving further south along Cedar Mesa, Highway 261 eventually reaches a lip that seems like the end of the earth – the mesa drops 1100 feet straight down to the desert below with the buttes and spires of Monument Valley visible in the distance.  The curiously named “Moki Dugway”, a bit of a white-knuckle route carved into the escarpment, allows you to drive down the cliff face to the valley below. A short drive further takes you to the Valley of the Gods, a hidden gem with scenery similar to that of nearby Monument Valley. Valley of the God’s isolated buttes, towering pinnacles and tall cliffs offer endless photo angles.  A 17 mile drive circles the valley and more adventurous explorers can go into the Road Canyon Wilderness Study Area for backcountry hikes.

Photo Tips: Often the best and most unique photo angles in Utah’s canyon country and other western landscapes require traveling far off the pavement on remote back roads, then hiking away from your vehicle. I often use web-based aerial image programs (like Google Earth) to scout areas before trips for the best potential photo spots. Safety should always be front in these remote places.  Even renowned western author and explorer Edward Abbey spoke of some close calls in the desert in his book Desert Solitare.  I always tell someone where I am going with as many specifics as I can. Most importantly I tell them when I plan to be out and when I will contact them.  I always carry a GPS emergency locator unit, and I can use that to check in with family each night while on extended trips when I am out of cell range. I also carry enough clothing and water to be able to be on my own without help for several days. Finally, I mark my vehicle location with a GPS waypoint so that I can find it when I am hiking back in the dark after an evening photo shoot!

Check out our @esri Southeast Utah multimedia storymap for more stunning photos, videos, helpful links and maps of the area:


12 Days of National Conservation Lands, Day 9: 15 Wild and Scenic Rivers for Your #bucketlist!

Designated for their outstanding natural values, national wild and scenic rivers offer something for everyone – from beautiful scenery and unique wildlife to historic and cultural locations to endless recreation opportunities.

1. Beaver Creek Wild and Scenic River, Alaska
2. Delta Wild and Scenic River, Alaska
3. Gulkana Wild and Scenic River, Alaska
4. Fortymile Wild and Scenic River, Alaska  
5. Amargosa Wild and Scenic River, California
6. North Fork American Wild and Scenic River, California
7. Bruneau Wild and Scenic River, Idaho
8. Lower Salmon Wild and Scenic River, Idaho
9. Upper Missouri Wild and Scenic River, Montana
10. Rio Chama Wild and Scenic River, New Mexico
11. Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, New Mexico
12. Rogue Wild and Scenic River, Oregon
13. Owyhee Wild and Scenic River, Oregon
14. Umpqua Wild and Scenic River, Oregon
15. Deep Creek Wild and Scenic River, Utah

Enjoy National Conservation Lands all year with new 2016 printable monthly calendars; check back each day for a new calendar image. Find your September 2016 image on our My Public Lands Flickr: