Saturday, January 7, 2012

2012 Calendar

At least this year we finished the 2012 calendar for Jan 1. Usually it is into the first couple of weeks when winter really sets in and it gives me something to do. All of the photos are from our trip out west in 2011. All of the pictures are clickable for viewing and enlarging in a new window.


January
Mount Ranier - Washington





Mount Rainer has to be the single most impressive and spectacular object I have seen on our journeys. This place is a must see.




February
Mount Shasta - California


This picture was taken from Lower Klamath Lake Rd. Since Mt Shasta is relatively isolated and is prominent due to its height, I have surmised it to be Mt Shasta. It seems we rode all around this area and never quite made it to the actual mountain.



March
Multinomah Falls - Historic Columbia River Highway - Oregon



This picture should be in portrait mode, however that does not do well for making calendars. This is only a small segment of the falls to show the bridge and falls as a backdrop.

April
Crown Point Vista House - Historic Columbia River Highway - Oregon




The Columbia River Highway is a great ride, with many views of the Columbia River. This picture was taken from Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint.

May
Mount St Helens - Washington




The ride to Mt St Helens is worth the trip. This is taken from the Johnson Observatory at the end of Hwy 504. The movie is spectacular, as well as the many personal stories about the eruption in 1980

June
Norris Geyser Basin - Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming




This was our second trip to Yellowstone and we stopped here because the Norris Museum was a National Historic Landmark. This pool that sits right out back of the Norris Museum looks like a giant hot tub. It is appropiately named the Bathtub Spring


July
Shoshone Falls - Twin Falls Idaho




We were looking for the marker for Evil Knievel's jump across the Snake River and never found it. We were told the marker was on private property. Just outside of Twin Falls, where we had briefly stopped for a picture, a guy pulled up asking if we knew where the Falls were. Not finding the marker we side tracked to see the falls. Well worth it.

August
Jupiter - Golden Spike National Historic Site - Utah




This was suppose to be one of those grab and run stamp locations and we ended up spending something like 3 hours here. Who can resist up close encounters with old steam engines.

September
Hotel Nevada - Ely Nevada




One of the places we stayed on our trip. A nights stay is only $35 and you are warned about the varying temperatures when taking a shower. This place has character and well worth a stay for the experience. Parked outside is a long string of HD's with my FJR feeling very loney on the right.

October
Going to the Sun Road - Glacier National Park - Montana




In 2010 the whole purpose of our trip was to ride the Going to the Sun road. This year we got to the ride from end to end on the bike. The views are spectacular and this should be on everyone's list.


November
The Loneliest Road in America - US 50 - Nevada




Not only the loneliest but wind is a factor too. I do not remember any cars that passed us coming the other way for the whole trip.

December
Craters of the Moon - Idaho




I just liked this picture because the yellow line and the slight bump of a curve. Taken on the loop road at Craters of the Moon in Idaho.

The Cover
Hwy 341 - Road into Virgina City NV

5 comments:

Runner said...

Great photos! Wow! Worthy of a calendar and a great way to re-live the trip.

Magilla said...

Really nice Willie. It looks like it was a good year in the saddle! Thanks for sharing.

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Unknown said...

Hey Willie-love the photos. I'd like to use the Nevada Hotel image on their website if we can get your permission.