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.


2020 Travels

September, 2020 — Wyoming to Home

At Bryce Canyon National Park

At Bryce Canyon National Park — Photo Gallery

Ann has wanted to visit the National Parks in southern Utah for a while. The perfect opportunity presented itself at the end of my trip on the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route (COBDR). Ann flew to Moab on her birthday where I picked her up at the end of my Colorado trip. We spent two days in Moab before heading across southern Utah to visit some of the national parks as well as friends on the drive home. Continue Reading

September, 2020 — Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route

Animas River Valley

Animas River Valley — Photo Gallery

It was 2:00 am when I awoke and felt like I could not breath. I calmed myself by chanting HU an ancient name for God. Reaching for the oxygen bottle next to my sleeping pad in JR, my Jeep Rubicon, I took three deep drafts and felt somewhat better. After a few minutes of chanting I took another three drafts from the oxygen bottle. The blood oxygen sensor showed me my level was at 89% after taking the oxygen. It must have been well below that before the oxygen. I guess I was not as adjusted to camping traveling above 9,000 as I thought. Continue Reading or Watch the Videos

August, 2020 — On Vacation in Rockaway Beach, Oregon

International Police Museum

International Police Museum — Trip Video  

We were back in Rockaway Beach again this year to relax and see the sites on the Oregon Coast. This is a video only post. Watch the Video

June, 2020 — Christmas in the Valley

Crack in the Ground

Crack in the Ground — Trip Video  

This trip was a little different in that I did not shoot any still photos. Just shot video.

How could we go wrong exploring places in Central Oregon with names like largest juniper tree, Derrick Cave, Crack in the Ground, Fort Rock, and the Christmas Valley Sand Dunes. We had a great time until a simple mistake happened. Hope you enjoy the adventure. Watch the Video

January to February, 2020 — Four Weeks in Baja California Mexico

Beach at Las Animas

Beach at Las Animas — Photo Gallery

Baja California and the Sea of Cortez evokes images of a desert landscape, sunny sky’s, beautiful sandy beaches, and warm weather. While traveling around Baja for four weeks I found out it is all of those things and much more.

The trip came about when Ann said she would like to see the gray whales in Baja. Always being up for a road trip, I said sure and started doing research on where and when to go. My friend Charles has been to Baja several times so naturally I contacted him to get his thoughts on the trip. He let me know that he was heading there in January as well and invited us to join him. As it turned out Ann decided to go to Liberia, West Africa for a church seminar instead. She was fine with me going to Baja without her so on January 19th I headed south for four weeks of fun in the sun. Continue reading or Watch the Videos

Past Travels
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