Friday, December 23, 2011

Top Ten Photos of 2011

'Tis the season when every writer apparently runs out of things to say and, in a bid to stay relevant, conjures up an array of top ten lists about the previous and/or forth coming year. So, as one who does not believe in upending the status quo I have created my own top ten, and in doing so realized how much easier it is to make a top list than to actually create an article.

Many of you have joined me on my travels, and some of you have been with me since before I even set off or hell even made plans to go on the road. I love all of you equally and my Christmas present for you is my top ten photos taken on my Droid 2. They are presented in the order they were taken as I apparently don't believe in hierarchical systems.

Big Lake, William B. Umstead State Park, Raleigh, NC. 
 As some of you may well know I called Raleigh, NC home for most of 2011, William B. Umstead State Park was my sanctuary. I managed to walked every foot of every marked trail in the park, as well as miles of game trails. Big Lake was one of my favorite spots to just sit and watch the planes take off from RDU, which is located just behind the lake.

WMATA subway tunnel, Washington D.C.
 While I wrote about most of my trip across America, I left out one of my favorite legs, a drive from Raleigh, NC back to my hometown of Erie, Pa on my motorcycle. I stopped and visited my friend Michael Hong while I was in the Nations Capital and in the two days I was their managed to have one of the best experiences of my life. Washington D.C. was an awesome city, and I plan on returning soon to visit the Smithsonian Museums, which due to time constraints I was unable to see on this occasion.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah.
 Arches National Park is one of the most beautiful places in America, while it is out of the way for most people, I would suggest that anyone who loves beautiful landscapes and amazing geological formations make it a point to visit the park in their lifetime.

Old Metal, Vancouver, British Columbia.
 If you read my article on Vancouver you proudly got a general sense I was displeased with my time there. While it was expensive and, as a result, boring, the city is one of the single most beautiful cities I have had the pleasure of strolling through. Also, as is always the case with non-border patrol, Canadians are super nice, just try to avoid making it obvious your America, as they love to tell us how stupid our country is, even though we are well aware of the flaws ourselves.
Women Relaxing on a Bench, Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia.
 As I said previously Vancouver is a beautiful city, Stanley Park which sits adjacent to the city, is a sprawling park of old growth forest, an amazing and surreal experience to pass between sky scrapers and into a dense wood.

Crater Lake, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
 Crater Lake is indescribably beautiful, in fact my picture does no justice. The water is the most amazing blue seen on the planet. Much of the park was closed due to snow, so returning to the lake in midsummer is a must for myself, I would suggest doing the same if you plan on seeing this awe-inspiring lake perched atop a volcano.

Tidal Pools, Crescent City, California.
 The tidal pools are Crescent City were a complete surprise to me, yet they remain as the highlight of highlights from the trip. Storm clouds roll in off the ocean over Redwood National Forest in the distance as a lighthouse warns mariners of the rock shores.

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California.
 The Golden Gate Bridge was obscured by fog for our entire stay in San Fran, yet we still walked it's length and were able to get some amazing photos. Plus who doesn't have span the Golden Gate on their bucket list, Check!

The Surf, Big Sur, California.
 Big Sur was a large disappointment, however, the few times we pulled off and hiked to the shore we were greeted with views such as this. We climbed down to a level where we got sprayed by the ocean before retreating to higher ground after considering the consequences of falling in.

House of Blues, Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino , Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas is an amazing city and we managed to have an epic time. This photo was taken of the light show that played before the opening act took the stage at House of Blues in Mandalay Bay. These lights marked the beginning of 48hrs festival. A 48hr (duh!) music festival including Valora, Eyes Set to Kill, Hollywood Undead, Three Days Grace, Escape the Fate and Korn among a whole slew of other awesome bands.

Well there you have it, the top photos from my phone of 2011! I look forward to seeing you all back next year, and hearing your stories of adventure and travel. Have a great New Year, and raise a toast to 2012! It's gonna be a great one.



  1. All of your pictures are from truly amazing places. It reminds me of how lucky I am to have been to all of them except Vancouver. Someday, yes someday I will experience BC. Until then, I am stoked to see what Erie has to offer. See you soon.

  2. You haven't been to Big Lake in Raleigh! Don't tell Lies!

  3. I thought I did as a little kid. I lived in Jacksonville & Topsail Beach. Took trips to Raleigh :p

  4. Your just a liar...we get it! Liar! no one goes there! It isn't some place ppl from out of town go...LIAR! I'm joking of course...about being me...u r still def a liar

  5. Beautiful pictures. I'm going to have to visit a few of these places.

    My wife's brother and sister live out on the West Coast (Oregon and Washington). We went out there a couple of years ago, and it was gorgeous. I want to go back one of these days.