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American Southwest

Fall 2016

12,000 km. 44 days. 12 national parks. 3 bucket list items. 2 travellers. Crossing the Great Plains to the San Juan Mountains of the southern Rockies, across the Colorado Plateau to the Sierra Nevada of California. There are a lot of things this trip was; the beginning of a career in adventure-based videography, a wake-up call for my sleeping passion for outdoor rock climbing, a taste of challenge to slake my thirst for adventure.

“There’s a certain exhilaration in an open map. It’s in the memories. Road lines bring to mind highway sunsets and interstate wind, topo bench marks make me think of mountain landscapes, and so on. And it’s in the potential—a map can take you anywhere.” — A post on my blog, 9 February 2016

Evidently I could wax eloquent about wanderlust and my love for the wilderness. But I’ll save that for my journal pages from the canyons of the Utah desert or underneath Yosemite’s sequoia trees.

I set up this webpage to create a practice structure for practice documentation for a cross-Canada cycle expedition for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017. Depending on satellites and batteries aross the USA, the plan was to post photos on Instagram and 500px, write trip reports on Exposure and embed elements on this page. Once a marker on the map above turned red, it became clickable with links and photos from that location.

There was an Instagram feed but it broke. I can’t fix the map scroll because Mapbox Studio got updated.

Sunset above Green River by Jonathon Reed on 500px.com

First sunset on the south rim of Yosemite by Jonathon Reed on 500px.com

Alone with Half Dome and the sun by Jonathon Reed on 500px.com

Sunrise from the summit of Half Dome by Jonathon Reed on 500px.com

Taking in the sunrise from the North Rim by Jonathon Reed on 500px.com

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