From stepping abroad overseas for the first time to camping expeditions and my first experience solo-traveling, 2015 was a great year of traveling.
Looking back, I could write tomes about the wonderful people, lessons and experiences from my travels but, this being a photography website, pictures seem more appropriate. These are some of my wanderings of 2015.
Some fun travel stats
- Countries Visited: Thailand, Laos, Qatar, Iceland, and Ireland
- Flights taken: 14
- Steps taken: ~3,410,404
- Miles walked: ~1,763
These shoes have traversed over it all: dirt, mud, snow, ice, stone, volcanic rocks, grass, pavement, sand, various animal droppings, and more. I’ll be sad to see them retired in 2016.
The best camera is the one you’ve got on you, and the iPhone 5s did the job just fine throughout Thailand and Ireland.
Love this camera. It performs superbly in low light, and the 24-105mm lens is a great do-it-all travel lens.
Now, without further ado, a (very non-comprehensive) compilation of shots from my travels in 2015:
The gear that took me to Thailand for 23 days, all inside a 40L pack.
The streets of Bangkok
One of the locals enjoying the ride between Ao Nang and Railay perched on the tip of a longtail boat
Railay Beach. What a beaut
Kayaking around Railay
Ao Nang Sunset
Pretty neat hotel in Ao Nang
Getting up close and person with the elephants at Elephant Nature Park
Jungle trekking in Northern Thailand
Wat Rong Khun
Hanging out in Laos
I didn’t take too many photos in my short stay at Qatar, but here’s a park
On the road in Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon
Looks like a fine spot for some horseback riding
The Narrows, Zion National Park
Zion National Park, with some neat water droplets courtesy of the weeping rock.
Spruce Knob, WV
Spruce Knob lake, casually situated on top of a 3,840 elevation mountain – the highest peak in West Virgina
Delicious campfire burritos
Somewhere in the forests of Spruce Knob
Our rad campsite at Spruce Knob
We’re all made of star stuff
The Open Road, Iceland
Kerið, a volcanic crater lake
Black Sand Beach, Vik
Lil Icelandic sheep
Hanging out on top of the Sólheimasandur Plane Crash. PC: @keera_ana
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Icelandic horses, pure-bred through a thousand years of isolation and an Icelandic law banning the import of horses into the country.
Svartifoss, Skaftafell National Park
Grjótagjá, a lava cave and natural hotspring near Lake Mývatn
Hitting the open road in Þingvellir Park
The Cliffs of Moher
Couldn’t help posting another photo from the Cliffs of Moher. They were breathtaking
A great road for some cycling on Inishmore
Petting some Connemara ponies
Hitch-hiking from Clifden to Galway with nothing but road for miles and my own 2 feet and the kindness of strangers to get me there
A secluded beach nestled among the cliffs near Dun Laoghaire
Garden of the Gods
Untitled. Colorado has over 55 mountains that rise above 14,000 feet. This was taken on the drive up one of those mountains
Somewhere along the way to a 14,000 foot summit
Cadet Chapel, U.S. Air Force Academy
Dolly Sods, WV
Mile 2 of 22
Traces of Fall in a forest of green
It’s the little things. After hiking for 12 miles, nothing makes me happier than a warm fire and two packets of Ramen
Nature showing off her Fall colors
The sun setting over the Potomac River
College Park, MD
So long 2015, I’m looking forward to another great year of travel and photography in 2016. PC: Dan Evans
Cool collection, mate! Glad I could be part of some of your adventures. Here’s to many more.
Thanks dude! A lot of good times along the way, and looking forward to more.