national parks, photography, travel

HALF WAY THERE

When we set out a little over two years ago, we had one main goal in sight; visit all 59 National Parks. We wanted to keep it simple. Obviously, there were other objectives, but this was the one we could “hang our hats on.”

So how’s that goal coming along, you may ask?

Mount Rainier National Park, #29

We arrived at North Cascades National Park in Washington State a few days ago, and it dawned on me… with this park, we broke over the halfway hump!

    

North Cascades marks our 30th National Park since June of 2016!! Confetti, ballon drop, champaign! Okay, maybe not.

North Cascades National Park, #30

No need for premature celebration. While this is certainly a milestone for us, we have a long way to go.

Mount Rainier National Park, #29

From here on out, the quest gets much more difficult. Logistically and financially. We have fourteen left that will be relatively easy to get to with our current outfit… Hoss, Gertie (truck and trailer), and the girls, Islay and Skye (our Aussies). But the remaining 15 will put our resolve to the test.

Mount Rainier National Park, #29

Seven are islands. Channel Islands, American Samoa, Virgin Islands, Hawai’i Volcanoes, Haleakala, Dry Tortugas, Isle Royale. This means we cannot take our home with us, and that we have to get there by plane, or in two cases, ferry. Also, the dogs are not allowed, so we will need trusted sitters.

The remaining eight are Alaska Parks. Most of which one can only access by bush plane.

Mount Rainier National Park, #29

It is beginning to hit us that we are really going to have to up our game to make visiting the next 29 parks a reality.

North Cascades National Park, #30

But I can say with confidence that we love a great challenge! Needless to say, the coming year will be fun to watch as we push forward… there are several ways to follow along, help us reach our goal, and even to join us in select locations. See details below in the footer, and thanks so much for following us on this epic journey!

— Andrew


Ellen and I hit the road full-time in June of 2016. We are on a mission to inspire and educate everyone on the importance of getting outside. Check out my workshops and my prints, made #ontheroad in my mobile print studio. The revenue will help propel us further on this great adventure. Enrich yourself and others… and feel great about it too as you’re helping to ensure our public lands are cherished and to keep the wild spirit of the American Dream alive. Our goal is to visit all 59 National Parks in 3-5 years. LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE


Check out our new show, ONE WILD LIFE, and subscribe to our YouTube Channel! 


Want to learn photography and enjoy a guided experience? Check out my exciting, NEW workshop dates:
 
REMOTE WYOMING // ADVENTURE + LANDSCAPE
TELLURIDE // FALL COLORS + LANDSCAPE
 
I’m excited to announce my “The Photographic Guide to Our National Parks” series of eBooks:
 
Rocky Mountain National Park
Grand Teton National Park
 
If you are interested in purchasing a “print from the road”, please check my prints for sale, or email me directly for a custom request:
 
Andrew R. Slaton // prints from the road
 
If you are interested in licensing any of the images/ video from this post, please visit my stock agency:
 
Tandem Stills + Motion // Andrew R. Slaton
  
For assignment work requests, please email me: andrew@andrewslatonphoto.com
 
Thanks for visiting AndrewSlatonBlog.com!
 
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ONE WILD LIFE

Ellen and I have very exciting news…

We have created a show to give all of you a very real glimpse into our life on the road, and the first Episode just posted! Our desire is that ONE WILD LIFE will be inspiring, informative, and entertaining. So please check it out, and subscribe if you enjoy it, so you can be notified when the following episodes release.

Thank you all so much!

— Andrew


Ellen and I hit the road full-time in June of 2016. We are on a mission to inspire and educate everyone on the importance of getting outside. Check out my workshops and my prints, made #ontheroad in my mobile print studio. The revenue will help propel us further on this great adventure. Enrich yourself and others… and feel great about it too as you’re helping to ensure our public lands are cherished and to keep the wild spirit of the American Dream alive. Our goal is to visit all 59 National Parks in 3-5 years. LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE



Want to learn photography and enjoy a guided experience? Check out my exciting, NEW workshop dates:
 
GRAND TETON // SUMMER // LANDSCAPES + WILDLIFE
REMOTE WYOMING // ADVENTURE + LANDSCAPE
TELLURIDE // FALL COLORS + LANDSCAPE
 
I’m excited to announce my “The Photographic Guide to Our National Parks” series of eBooks:
 
Rocky Mountain National Park
Grand Teton National Park
 
If you are interested in purchasing a “print from the road”, please check my prints for sale, or email me directly for a custom request:
 
Andrew R. Slaton // prints from the road
 
If you are interested in licensing any of the images/ video from this post, please visit my stock agency:
 
Tandem Stills + Motion // Andrew R. Slaton
  
For assignment work requests, please email me: andrew@andrewslatonphoto.com
 
Thanks for visiting AndrewSlatonBlog.com!
 
All images and content © ARS Media, LLC 2018
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photography, portraits, travel

N O M A D // no 3

There are so many places to see! I get so excited when I’m on the road! It gives me life!”

We met Josephine (@josie.may17) out at Croton Spring in @bigbendnps. She was our camp neighbor. We hit it off immediately because her sweet rescue dog Shasta took to our crazy girls right away, and vice versa. She’s from Minnesota, and she was doing the snow bird thing this winter… she didn’t expect to get snow and freezing temps in Texas, but that’s Texas for you.

She had been traveling solo cross country for a little over three months in a 17’ travel trailer. All in all about 80 sq ft of livable space.

Josephine with Shasta and their home in Big Bend. 

Her journey is about freedom and seeing the beautiful world around her. “Well I️ told myself I️ had a year when I️ left and budgeted for that but the more I’m doing this I️ don’t know how I️ can go back! This is the life!”

She sews patches on to her favorite jacket to remember all of the places she’s seen.

“There are so many places to see! I get so excited when I’m on the road! It gives me life! I️ also learn so much about myself! And I’m falling more in love with who I️ am everyday!”


Ellen and I hit the road full-time in June of 2016. We are on a mission to inspire and educate everyone on the importance of getting outside. Check out my workshops and my prints, made #ontheroad in my mobile print studio. The revenue will help propel us further on this great adventure. Enrich yourself and others… and feel great about it too as you’re helping to ensure our public lands are cherished and to keep the wild spirit of the American Dream alive. Our goal is to visit all 59 National Parks in 3-5 years. LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE



Want to learn photography and enjoy a guided experience? Check out my exciting, NEW workshop dates:
 
LEARN PHOTO + CAMERA BASICS // USA // 2018 – SEE IF I’M COMING TO YOUR CITY
GRAND TETON // SUMMER // LANDSCAPES + WILDLIFE
REMOTE WYOMING // ADVENTURE + LANDSCAPE
TELLURIDE // FALL COLORS + LANDSCAPE
 
I’m excited to announce my “The Photographic Guide to Our National Parks” series of eBooks:
 
Rocky Mountain National Park
Grand Teton National Park
 
If you are interested in purchasing a “print from the road”, please check my prints for sale, or email me directly for a custom request:
 
Andrew R. Slaton // prints from the road
 
If you are interested in licensing any of the images/ video from this post, please visit my stock agency:
 
Tandem Stills + Motion // Andrew R. Slaton
  
For assignment work requests, please email me: andrew@andrewslatonphoto.com
 
Thanks for visiting AndrewSlatonBlog.com!
 
All images and content © ARS Media, LLC 2018
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N O M A D // no 2

I am pursuing a greater version of myself.”

A few months back, we met up with a friend we made in the Tetons this summer for the eclipse, Heather Grow (@grow_explore). Back in September/October, we had the pleasure of rendezvousing with her in Telluride, and again in November in White Sands, NM.

Heather Grow, 28, like NOMAD 1 is originally from Virginia, and she’s been on the road full time for 4 months. She lives out of a ’03 Ford F-350 conversion van in around 72 sq ft. She built out the inside on her own.

Heather loving on her travel companions, Tripp and Sadie, inside her cozy home.

A defining moment of her life was her mother’s untimely passing when Heather was only 13. “I wear my mothers high school ring every single day. It helps me appreciate life and all that I’m able to do. Everyday out on the road makes me feel like I’m living for her, going places she never got the chance to. Her absence of life keeps me grounded and connected to each moment,” she told me. “I am pursuing a greater version of myself. Sure, I’m trying to find avenues to propel my passion of photography and i want to have work that can give me even more financial freedom.

But all of that is nothing in comparison to my drive to work each day to become a better woman. With each passing day on the road i find more clarity, my mind declutters, and I’m able to focus on things that have true substance and meaning. Slowly I’m stripping away old bad habits and ways of thinking, I’m living in the moment, and avoid dwelling on past mistakes or the future’s unknowns.”

“My mental, emotional, and physical freedom is the greatest and most beneficial pursuit I’ve ever had the privilege of taking on.”

Her mother’s high school ring is an ever present reminder for Heather that “life is for the living.”

“The only constant in life is change. I don’t know what next week, month, or year will bring. What I do know is I love traveling, the lifestyle that I’m settling in to, and I’m going to do it as long as it feels like the best path for life.”


Ellen and I hit the road full-time in June of 2016. We are on a mission to inspire and educate everyone on the importance of getting outside. Check out my workshops and my prints, made #ontheroad in my mobile print studio. The revenue will help propel us further on this great adventure. Enrich yourself and others… and feel great about it too as you’re helping to ensure our public lands are cherished and to keep the wild spirit of the American Dream alive. Our goal is to visit all 59 National Parks in 3-5 years. LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE



Want to learn photography and enjoy a guided experience? Check out my exciting, NEW workshop dates:
 
LEARN PHOTO + CAMERA BASICS // USA // 2018 – SEE IF I’M COMING TO YOUR CITY
GRAND TETON // SUMMER // LANDSCAPES + WILDLIFE
REMOTE WYOMING // ADVENTURE + LANDSCAPE
TELLURIDE // FALL COLORS + LANDSCAPE
 
I’m excited to announce my “The Photographic Guide to Our National Parks” series of eBooks:
 
Rocky Mountain National Park
Grand Teton National Park
 
If you are interested in purchasing a “print from the road”, please check my prints for sale, or email me directly for a custom request:
 
Andrew R. Slaton // prints from the road
 
If you are interested in licensing any of the images/ video from this post, please visit my stock agency:
 
Tandem Stills + Motion // Andrew R. Slaton
  
For assignment work requests, please email me: andrew@andrewslatonphoto.com
 
Thanks for visiting AndrewSlatonBlog.com!
 
All images and content © ARS Media, LLC 2018
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travel, workshop

PARK PEEK // CONGAREE

We are quickly approaching 30 National Parks visited since we began our quest in June 2016. And this year, we’ve had the pleasure of visiting a few for the first time. All 59 National Parks are special and unique, and here’s one that stood out to me as interesting and in need of a return visit: Congaree National Park in South Carolina.

Less than an hour outside Columbia, SC, Congaree contains the largest intact expanse of old growth bottomland hardwood forest remaining in the southeastern United States and it has an incredibly diverse ecosystem. Unfortunately, the timing of my visit was pretty bad and we had two nights of freezing temps. The morning fog was epic, but much of the fauna was not visible because of the cold weather.

This park is known mostly for its water activities. Canoeing and kayaking is spectacular here as visitors can paddle the beautiful Congaree River and its many tributaries.

From the dozens of miles of boardwalk and trails, the landscapes are pretty otherworldly. Cypress knees abound, as well as giant and microscopic flora. Everywhere you look, there are interesting plants and fungi to examine.

Another bonus, for all you pet lovers out there; dogs are allowed on the trails! If you’ve visited many National Parks like me, you know that it can be tough if you have your beloved dogs with you. They typically can’t go on any of the trails. Well, not so at Congaree.

I only had about 36 total hours this early spring to explore Congaree… in truth, not nearly enough. I will certainly return later in the season to give this park a proper visit.

— Andrew


Ellen and I hit the road full-time in June of 2016. We are on a mission to inspire and educate everyone on the importance of getting outside. Check out my workshops and my prints, made #ontheroad in my mobile print studio. The revenue will help propel us further on this great adventure. Enrich yourself and others… and feel great about it too as you’re helping to ensure our public lands are cherished and to keep the wild spirit of the American Dream alive. Our goal is to visit all 59 National Parks in 3-5 years. LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT WE’RE DOING HERE



Want to learn photography and enjoy a guided experience? Check out my exciting, NEW workshop dates:
 
LEARN PHOTO + CAMERA BASICS // USA // 2018 – SEE IF I’M COMING TO YOUR CITY
GRAND TETON // SUMMER // LANDSCAPES + WILDLIFE
REMOTE WYOMING // ADVENTURE + LANDSCAPE
TELLURIDE // FALL COLORS + LANDSCAPE
 
I’m excited to announce my “The Photographic Guide to Our National Parks” series of eBooks:
 
Rocky Mountain National Park
Grand Teton National Park
 
If you are interested in purchasing a “print from the road”, please check my prints for sale, or email me directly for a custom request:
 
Andrew R. Slaton // prints from the road
 
If you are interested in licensing any of the images/ video from this post, please visit my stock agency:
 
Tandem Stills + Motion // Andrew R. Slaton
  
For assignment work requests, please email me: andrew@andrewslatonphoto.com
 
Thanks for visiting AndrewSlatonBlog.com!
 
All images and content © ARS Media, LLC 2018

 

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