Luinil - Traveling with the Blue Star

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Luinil comes from the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. Luinil is the bright blue star that was created, along with other stars, by Varda (know as Elentári to the elves), Lady (Queen) of the Stars, so that there would be less darkness at the night. Going from darkness to light is part of life's journey and the blue star helps light the way.

Retiring has been like going from darkness into the light for me. I have time to rediscover some of the loves that needed to lay dormant over my working years. Some of those loves are writing, photography and driving the backroads to see what is there.

This site is a place to combine those loves, as well as others, and share them with my friends. Some of the trip reports are from my solo travels and some are from travels with my delightful wife, family and friends.

I hope you enjoy reading about my adventures.


2021 Travels

October, 2021 — A Weekend Adventure The Painted Hills and John Day Fossil Beds

Painted Hills

Painted Hills — Trip Video

My delightful wife Ann and I decided to take a weekend adventure to the Painted Hills and John Day Fossil Beds after she read an article in the Oregonian, our local newspaper, about them. Even though she was born and raised here she has never been over to see them. It made the perfect excuse for a weekend road trip in the van. Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to watch it. Watch the Video

July, 2021 — 20 Rivers to Cross, A Trip Through the Oregon Coastal Mountains

Forest Road

Forest Road — Photo Gallery

This trip has been a long time coming. In 2018 I came across the Oregon Backcountry Discovery Route (ORBDR) that starts in New Pine Creek, south of Lakeview, on the California border and ends at the Washington border east of Walla Walla. Like other BDR’s the roads are primarily gravel. Looking at the map of the ORBDR route I got to wondering if there was a north south route through the Oregon coastal mountains that started at the Columbia River and ended at the California Border. Continue Reading or Watch the Videos

May, 2021 — Southern Utah; Arches, Bridges and Ruins


Ruins — Photo Gallery

In the previous trip report about exploring the Southern Utah backcountry we traveled through the rugged landscape and rough roads of the Maze District in Canyonlands National Park. In this final report we will be visiting a few arches and bridges along with getting up close and personal with cliff dwelling ruins that were originally built by the Pueblo and Anasazi that lived in southern Utah 0ver 700 years ago. Continue reading or Watch the Video

May, 2021 — Canyonlands National Park, The Maze District

Walls of Stone

Walls of Stone — Photo Gallery

The day after my trip on the Burr Trail Curt, Chuck, David and I headed to the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park. The Maze is one of the most remote places in the United States. The name comes from the deep canyons that wend their way around the high mesas that are in the area.

We checked in at the Hans Flat ranger station to convert our reservations into the actual permits needed to camp and travel in the Maze. There are about 19 campsites in the Maze with a limit of three vehicles and 15 people per site. Some of the sites take a full day to get to on the very rough and rocky roads. Continue reading or Watch the Video

May, 2021 — The Flint Trail

The Flint Trail

The Flint Trail — Trip Video  

In this part of our trip exploring Southern Utah I did not shoot any still photos. Just shot video.

To get from the upper level of the Maze District of Canyonlands National Park to the lower level you need to traverse the Flint Trail. This is not a road for the faint of heart. It is steep, rough and very exposed with tight switchbacks. Hope you enjoy the adventure. Watch the Video

May 2021 — The Burr Trail

Singing Canyon

Singing Canyon — Photo Gallery

I first learned about the Burr Trail when Ann and I toured the national parks in southern Utah. It sounded like an interesting and beautiful drive. This year, 2021, I had the opportunity to be in that area again so I took a couple of days to drive the trail.

The Burr Trail was developed by John Burr in the late 1800’s so that he could move his cattle between the summer and winter grazing areas. The cattle trail ran through the nearly impassible country around the Waterpocket Fold, Burr Canyon, and Muley Twist Canyons. The trail connects Bullfrog, in the south, and Boulder, in the west. Continue reading or Watch the Video

Past Travels
Singing Canyon

Burr Trail

Beach at Conception Bay

Baja California Mexico



282 feet below sea level

Barrancas del Cobre

282 feet below sea level

282 feet below sea level

Summer Lake Hot Springs

Summer Lake Hot Springs

Twin Rocks

Twin Rocks