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N 34 B 16.8K C 240 E Dec 18, 2010 F Dec 18, 2010
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Hey, sorry I've gotten so lazy about updating the map.

I used to update this thing about once a week. Now it's like once a year. Oh well. Here it is. THE MAP!

I just finally returned from another seven months on the road. Follow the purple line starting at "I Am Here" and ending back at "I Am Here" and that is where I have been in the past seven months.

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N 15 B 5.3K C 64 E Apr 30, 2007 F May 31, 2011
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I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend.

This is a re-post from a very long time ago.

I can't believe it has really been 10 years..... Time flies... It was on Memorial Day weekend, 10 years ago that I left on the trip of a lifetime, driving this...

This was the trip that really changed my life.

I left my job at the newspaper and headed across the country for three months. I visited 18 different National Parks on that trip. The first one was Badlands, in South Dakota. Then... Yellowstone. Grand Tetons. Spent a while around the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon. Then, up to Mt Ranier, in Washington. Olympic National Park, which is still one of the most fantastic places I have ever seen. Then, drove all the way down the Pacific Coast Highway, from Washington to San Francisco. Then across the state to Yosemite. Sequoia. Death Valley. Drove through Vegas, over the Hoover Dam and to the Grand Canyon. Then Utah. Hit Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches. Finally visited Colorado. Stayed for a while at Rocky Mountain National Park. Then started heading back home to New Jersey.

This trip truly changed my life. I finally saw just how much was out there. I had lived in New Jersey all of my life. I didn't know that there were places where you could drive for three hours and not pass a single building. (or gas station) I got back and thought... 'I don't want to be here any more.'

I really miss my Trans-Am and the pop up camper. Not quite as comfortable as the motorhome, but damn was it fun to drive that thing around the mountain roads.

It's hard to believe it has really been 10 years since I set out on this trip. What a life changing experience it was seeing just how much was out there.

This was shot while passing through the Grand Tetons National Park.

Tags:   Mike Jones photo professional photographer landscape scenic nature roadtrip 2001 trans-am

N 3 B 2.9K C 20 E May 20, 2007 F May 21, 2007
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Yes. This is the 48th state that I have visited. As huge as it is, somehow, I have never been to Texas before. So, after this weeks little excursion to Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, and Louisiana last week, it's 48 down. 2 to go! All my life, I've wanted to be able to say I've been to all 50 states. So, which 2 are missing? No... It's not Alaska and Hawaii. Been there. In fact, if you want to see some great photos... forget the crap I've been uploading recently, check out my Alaska, and Hawaii sets. A trained monkey could get a great photo in Hawaii. It's impossible to take a bad photo in Hawaii. Anyway... It's North Dakota, and Nebraska. Guess I've got a LOT to look forward to.

Tags:   Mike Jones photo professionalphotographer landscape scenic nature professional photographer

N 2 B 1.9K C 4 E Apr 19, 2007 F Nov 20, 2006
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A few hundred yards away from the great big new bridge to St Petersburg, is the old bridge, which serves as a fishing pier. When I found out you can also camp there overnight I couldn't resist spending a couple of nights. How cool is this? Here I was suspended over the gulf of Mexico, looking out my windows at nothing but aqua colored water 2 miles in every direction. I enjoyed watching the hundreds of pelicans all around dive-bombing the water, catching fish. That's my Toyota truck, still fastened to the back of the motorhome. It probably wouldn't be the best place to be during a hurricane though. But... I don't think they ever have hurricanes in Florida.

Tags:   Mike Jones photo professional photographer landscape scenic nature animal wildlife Florida tropical gulf of mexico aqua palm trees palms

N 3 B 4.0K C 15 E Apr 13, 2007 F Nov 20, 2006
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Well ...I finally found a nice campground. This is Lake Manattee State Park. Florida is home to some of the worst campgrounds I've ever seen. If I'm paying money to stay in a campground, I want to see some trees. Most of the campgrounds down here are called an "RV Park" The defenition of an RV Park, is a parking lot! No trees. There's an RV 10 feet to your left. There's an RV 10 feet to your right. And you're paying 30 bucks a night for THAT! If I want to be in a parking lot with no trees, I can stay in the Walmart parking lot for free! Just walking around the campgrounds in Florida, some of the trailers are just so depressing. You can tell that they haven't moved in 30 years. It starts with putting lattice work around the base. That's phase one. I guess you're not supposed to realize it's not a real house if you can't see the wheels. Then the screened porch gets attached. Some of the creations in these campgrounds are just so bizarre. Sometimes it is impossible to tell what these things even started out as. You have what is basically a two story house with 3 bedrooms, a porch, and an attached car port, built entirely out of plywood and scraps of rusty sheet metal. If you look closely, you see a pair of headlights and a radiator grille sticking out one side of it!


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