First steps on the Tour Begin Locally

Over the last few months, I have found a new appreciation for my surroundings. As I look through the lens the distant becomes close, the far becomes near, and the small becomes large.

I ventured into the Topsfield Rails to Trails project. The project is amazing. The old rail bed is converted to a recreation path which I walked down Nd ended up in the Wenham swamp and Canal. I used my camera to capture the walk, and learned to hone my skills with an SLR.

It was only the first step.

This weekend I went to Bradley Palmer where I walked through the trails. The focus of the walk was the natural beauty and wildlife. Two hours later and a hundred plus photos, I had 10 photos I was proud of.

A perfect two hours hiking, and revisiting nature and capturing the beauty…..

Now I cannot wait for 2011, and the adventures we’ll find.

On the docket, Montana, Utah, Colorado, and I80, we’ll figure out the rest as we drive.

Problems with the Conversion Van

Have you ever had to deal with a custom part / installation?

Wow it’s a pain.   My Dad, who works at Napa, and I have been looking for replacement parts with the 57x Upfitters kit.  It’s an extension and pressure relief valve for the conversion van.  You would think that OEM parts would be easy to find.

Nope.

The Rusted Corroded Valves (All Four)
The Rusted Corroded Valves (All Four)

PS. I would like to get this working so we can travel through Death Valley