About the Organization

We didn't really think about a website while we were on the trip. The idea came to us toward the end. We hadn't been thinking of this as as a photographically documented journey, and we took most of our pictures in a relatively small number of places. Days sometimes went by when we took none at all; then we'd get to a place like Bryce Canyon and snap hundreds in a few hours. But when it came to putting the website together, it seemed to make the most sense to organize it into sections based on the picture galleries — that's what we expect most people are interested in. So that's the way I've done it. I did try to make navigation as easy as possible whether you want to read the account of the trip, see the pictures we took, or both.

OK, But Why Didn't We Take More Pictures?

We took the kind of pictures we like to take, mostly landscapes — as if we were planning to produce our own edition of the Sierra Club calendar. That they turned out looking better than most of the pictures we've taken in the past is due entirely to the advanced technology of digital photography and to the genius of the Olympus and Canon people who made our cameras. There's nothing here to interest museum curators or art students. These are tourist pictures — all we can claim is that they're the best tourist pictures we've taken up to now.

In retrospect, we might have achieved a more evenly balanced production if we’d taken our cameras everywhere and recorded everything we saw. But it would have been a different kind of trip if we did that, and not the kind of trip we wanted.

This website is meant as a way of sharing our trip with friends and family. It's a somewhat more humane way to do this than trapping you in our living room, turning off the lights, and not letting you out until you've seen every slide and heard every anecdote. This way you can see as much or as little as you like — none at all, if that's your preference — and we'll never know.