Summer 2018, MIA?
Well, what a summer! If it were only for this website, you’d think I’ve been napping since June after frolicking with thousands of butterflies in Arizona. Though there were a few naps involved, they were probably from lack of sleep because of a busy summer. Let’s see, since early June:
- I napped while visiting friends in Denver, CO,
- I napped while lallygagging on electrical boats with friends around Seattle, WA,
- I napped somewhere in the woods under Mt Adams, WA for a friend’s camping bachelor party,
- I napped on Anderson Island, WA when celebrating my girlfriend’s cousin’s birthday,
- I napped while taking the engine out of my Subaru Outback and putting it back in,
- I napped while camping in western Oregon where we skillfully avoided seeing any sort of July 4th fireworks,
- I napped while enjoying the sunset in Bend, OR,
- I napped in our 1987 Volkswagen Vanagon somewhere between Tijuana, Mexico and Portland, OR when we picked up our adventure rig from a new paint job,
- I napped while building a chicken coop with reclaimed materials,
- I napped in Steamboat Bay, AK when I was too tired from reeling up coho salmon,
- I napped in and around Medellín, Colombia after attempting to sleep over night clubs and visiting coffee farms,
- And finally I napped in our newly painted van while camping with friends near Ellensburg, WA.
So yes, you wouldn’t be too far off by thinking I’ve napped through summer, but it’s been quite busy. What it really means is that I have a lot of camping, vanlife and travel content to go through and share with everyone.
By the way, for most of these trips, all I carried around was my trusted Fujifilm X100F (Amazon) – read why I think it’s the best travel camera of 2018 – even though I packed more. I lugged a Fuji X-E3 and the excellent 18-55mm (Amazon), a Samyang 12mm f/2.0 (Amazon) – highly recommended for astro shots – and the amazing Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 (Amazon) – my favorite lens on the X-E3 – all the way out to Alaska and Colombia but never really touched them. I mostly shot the X100F and only grabbed the X-E3 and Mitakon for a wedding in Medellín and a couple family shots in Alaska. This motivates me to create a series of stories involving only one lens (along the lines of my Cuba Trip Report). Stay tuned for all this good stuff!