Risk Blossoming Photo Blog: Series 1, 2019


During the next several weeks, we will be taking a break from our regular travel blogging. In its place we will be posting Risk Blossoming photo blogs. The first series of photos features some of our favorite images from our summer 2019 adventures. This week is a collection of our favorite photos from May and June.

Series 1 includes images from the desert vistas of Utah to the rivers and mountains of Idaho, concluding with our first visit to Leavenworth, a Bavarian Village in Washington’s Cascade Mountains. We hope you enjoy this photo series and look back at our May and June adventures.

In the Meantime

We are experiencing some melancholy as our BAM adventures for the summer of 2019 are quickly coming to a close. In just a few days, I will be joined by two of my lifelong friends to move BAM from Seattle back to Phoenix. It will take us a little more than a month, as there are lots of golf courses along the way. When we get to Arizona, we have planned a return to Lake Powell, 50 years after our first visit there together. I’m hoping there is less nudity but just as much fun this time this time around.

Until We Meet Again

While my buddies and I are moving BAM, Deborah will travel to Portugal to lead her Annual Wisdom Quest. She also has a trip planned to Minnesota, where she will visit her mom before we meet again in Phoenix in mid-October.

Here’s to great memories! We hope you enjoy these photos as much as we enjoyed selecting them for you.

First Stop, Monument Valley

Risk Blossoming photo blog: totem pole

Totem Pole, Monument Valley

Risk Blossoming photo blog: Monument Valley

Scenic viewpoint at Monument Valley

Monument Valley is a photographer’s dream, whether the images are in color or black and white. For more photos, you can revisit our blog at A Different Way to Tour: Photography in Monument Valley.

Then, Southern Utah

Our next stop in the Risk Blossoming photo blog, The Valley of the Gods Circle, just above Monument Valley. It provided a view point overlook of the goosenecks of The San Juan, and balancing rocks and cathedrals along the The Valley of The Gods road.

Risk Blossoming photo blog: San Juan River

Goosenecks of the San Juan River

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A balancing rock in Valley of the Gods

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The road through Valley of the Gods

A day trip to Cortez, CO took us to Mesa Verde National Park. A civilization once thrived there before vanishing and leaving everything behind.

Risk Blossoming photo blog: Mesa Verde ruins

One of the amazing ruins at the Mesa Verde National Park

At Canyonlands National Park, we took the four-wheel-drive White Rim Road for a more intimate exploration of the inner-canyon vistas.

Risk Blossoming photo blog: Tim and Deborah

Risk Blossoming loves Canyonlands National Park

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The Colorado River overlook from the White Rim Road in Canyonlands National Park

For more photos and our stories about our time in Utah, you can revisit our blogs:

Exploring Southern Utah’s Gorgeous Backroads 

Canyonlands National Park Inspiration 

Discovering Idaho

Our Risk Blossoming photo blog continued in southern Idaho. Near Mountain Home, we followed the south fork of the Boise River from Anderson Dam to Arrowhead Reservoir.

Risk Blossoming photo blog: Anderson Ranch Dam

Anderson Ranch Dam, Idaho

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The backwaters of the Arrowhead Reservoir, Idaho

McCall, Idaho was still very cold in early June. Many of the mountain forest roads we like to explore in Willy were still blocked by snow. The town sits on the edge of the beautiful Payette Lake.

Payette Lake from Downtown McCall, Idaho

From McCall, we ventured along the Salmon River to continue our Risk Blossoming photo blog.

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One of my favorite photos of Deborah, taken along the Salmon River

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The Salmon River, along Highway 95 in Idaho

The Salmon was beautiful but remote. The lack of cellular coverage pushed us north to Spokane, WA, where we unexpectedly explored the northeast part of the state.

Risk Blossoming photo blog Idaho posts can be revisited at:

Issues and Introspection in Idaho

Lost and Confused in Idaho

Exploring to Washington

The clouds over Colville and the Franklin Roosevelt Lake were majestic.

Risk Blossoming photo blog: Colville, WA

Clouds over Colville, Washington

Risk Blossoming photo blog: Franklin Roosevelt Lake

Franklin Roosevelt Lake, Washington

Leavenworth, WA in the Cascade Mountains was our final stop in June. From Icicle Creek and Canyon above town to the wonderful Bavarian-themed village, we thoroughly enjoyed a week here.

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The town square in Leavenworth, Washington

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Icicle Creek near Leavenworth, Washington

Life got real in Washington, and you can follow our journey and view more photos of this beautiful locale in our Risk Blossoming photo blog:

Washington, Walmart. and Life in a Motorcoach

Leavenworth, Washington: A Bavarian Village

Up Next

Next week, we hope you will join us for our photo series 2 with images taken during the month of  July in Canada. From the beautiful river valleys and mountain vistas to the Calgary Stampede, we had a wonderful and memorable time.

Explore. Discover. Grow.



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