My Journey on Foot (so far)
— Welcome Wanderers —
“All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.” The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien, 1954. One year later, I was born in the Territory of Alaska.
— Exploring Alaska on Foot —
I spent my youth and years as a young adult exploring Alaska on foot — wearing cross-country running shoes, cross-country skis, hiking boots, snowshoes and crampons. Alaska was and always will be a special place to me; 25 years of wonderful memories. I still return often to visit family and friends.
You will find photos of some of my AK hikes among the albums here. Eventually, I will upload some of my (vintage) AK bicycling, backpacking, mountaineering and ocean kayaking trip photos.
— Exploring AK and OR by Bicycle —
My interest in bicycling started in earnest in 1972, when a good friend from Alaska and I did a bicycle trip in Alaska. The next year, we completed a month-long bicycle trip from Calgary to Seattle. Our route on the Going-to-the-Sun Road took us through Glacier National Park in Montana. Young men, we were. Between the two AK trips, I have five photos. Life in an era before selfies and Instagram.
In 1980, after I moved to Oregon, I got back in the saddle and explored Portland, Corvallis and Eugene by bicycle. I continued riding for the next 30 years. I fondly remember going on many group rides and taking trips with my family and friends.
— Commuting by Bicycle in Portland —
In 2000, I started commuting year-round by bicycle to my workplace in downtown Portland. My 10-mile round-trip ride, which I did for 10 years, was the perfect way to start and finish each work day.
— Commuting on Foot in Portland —
In 2010, when I started working at a new job closer to home, I switched gears and began walking year-round to and from work. My five-mile round-trip work walks soon led to extended weekend walks, and thousands of miles and photos of sights I saw along the way.
— Advocating for Pedestrians —
My work walks also led to volunteer activities with Lloyd TMA (Go Lloyd), Willamette Pedestrian Coalition (Oregon Walks) and the City of Portland (Ten-Toe Express, Sunday Parkways). In 2019, with retirement on the horizon, I plan to step up my volunteer activities. I am looking forward to supporting AARP Oregon and their community NeighborWalks 2019 program.
— Steps to Stop Global Warming —
Although Alaska is just one of the canaries in the (global warming) coal mine, I have seen the adverse effects of climate change in Alaska first-hand. I think climate change is real, caused by humans, and we need to literally take steps now to stop it. I think our legislators, everywhere, need to act boldly. I am encouraged by our young people, throughout the world, who are now making their voices heard.
— Supporting Public & Active Transportation —
Today, I typically commute to work by bus. I am a strong proponent of public transportation and all modes of active transportation. Thanks to TriMet, our regional transit agency, I am able to take public transit to and/or from my walks. Since 2010, I have only driven to two walks. I currently stand with Oregon Walks and many others of like mind and oppose ODOT's proposed expansion of I-5 in the Rose Quarter.
— @WalksInPortland / @PNWPhotoWalks —
From 2010 to early 2019, I was active on social media as @WalksInPortland. I enjoyed engaging family and friends (real and virtual) on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. For a variety of reasons, I am now only posting photos here, on Twitter, and on Flickr. If my spouse and I remain in Portland, I might resurrect @WalksInPortland. Meanwhile, I am now posting as @PNWPhotoWalks to recognize the other Pacific Northwest communities that I am exploring on foot.
— Respecting Privacy —
I respect people’s privacy, so I try to not capture personally identifiable information. Although I do not geotag my photos, I do capture signs and signposts along my routes for general orientation.
— My Photo Gear —
I walk long distances, in all weather, so I like to carry light gear. I currently use a Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II. It is lightweight, has a small form factor, and has good optics. In hard rains it can be challenging to keep dry though, so I still use my smartphone now and then.
I am also of the [analog] film generation. In the early-80’s, when I was a student in the (then) University of Alaska Anchorage Alaska Wilderness Studies program, I used an Olympus XA 35mm rangefinder on my backpacking and mountaineering trips. It was one of my favorite cameras, in part because of the many fond memories associated with it — my spouse, my friends, our back-country trips, and our bring-your-own-slides shows. It was a different age and type of social media experience.
— Comments, Questions? —
In closing, if you made it this far, I encourage you to wander and I invite you to take a journey through my photos. You will find my work life via the LinkedIn icon above. I hope our paths will cross in the future.