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.


2019 Travels

September, 2019 — Arizona Strip and Grand Canyon

Whitmore Canyon

Whitmore Canyon — Photo Gallery

Earlier this year a friend from California suggested that we do a road trip to northern Arizona in the fall. As we worked out the route we contacted several other friends until there were seven or us. Our route would take us into the Arizona Strip and to several different points that overlook the Grand Canyon from the north side. Continue reading

May, 2019 — Central Oregon Geology Tour

Crack in the Ground

Crack in the Ground — Photo Gallery or Video

About 36 million years ago the cascade mountain range started to push up from the earths surface changing the central Oregon semi tropical forests and lakes into a dry arid semi desert region that was covered with multiple lava flows. Eventually things calmed down leaving unique geological features that can be experienced today with a bit of planning and lots of driving on gravel and dirt roads. Continue reading or Watch the Video

February, 2019 — Hawaii

White Sand Beach

White Sand Beach — Photo Gallery

Our 40th wedding anniversary was in November. To celebrate we decided to take a trip. The next question was where. We discussed taking a river cruise in Europe or heading to Florida, to visit a friends and the Mouse, or go to Finland to visit Ann’s relatives and experience the summer solstice and the midnight sun. Lots of choices. After much discussion we finally settled on a week on the big island of Hawai’i’. Continue

Past Travels


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