Susan and I have always enjoyed traveling and this page chronicles our travels.
In 2008 we started a new chapter in our travels.  In planning for a photo trip in southern Utah with a few friends from Intel, we determined a 4 wheel drive vehicle would be needed to see all the sights.  While a rental was considered, I felt there would be more trips, so I bought a Land Cruiser and made some modifications for offroading.  Since then we have been Going boldly where few have gone before.

Click on the links below for a trip’s photos.

For another place to start try my Favorites, a smaller collection.

  • 2021
    • The Mojave Road, Calif – March 2021
      • Don, Duc, Ben and Cliff with their 4 Land Cruisers tackle the famed Mojave Road.   We were surprised by the diverse scenery we found on the Mojave Road.
  • 2020
  • 2019
    • Southwest US – September 2019
      • Susan, Cliff & Marilyn – Nevada, Arizona and Utah – Grand Canyon, Upper Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley, Natural Bridges, Goblin Valley State Park, Capitol Reef, Arches & Bryce National Parks & many other scenic sights.
    • San Juan Mountains – August 2019
      • Ben, Duc, Don and Cliff met up with Wendy and Vince in Silverton, CO.  Scenic 4 wheel drive trails in the high country of the San Juan Mtns, Colorado. Then the amazing backcountry of Canyonlands NP Needles District and continue on a 4×4 trail through Beef Basin & Bears Ears, Utah.  Then on to Capitol Reef, and Bryce National Parks, Utah
    • Central Nevada – June 2019
      • Don, Ben & Cliff take their Land Cruisers to explore the region between Austin and Tonopah, Nevada
    • Cruise Moab – May 2019
      • Ben, Duc, Tucker & Cliff take scenic backroads to Utah.  Meeting up with Vince in Nevada then on to Arizona Grand Canyon backcountry and Moab, Utah meeting up with Roger and Joe.
    • Pre-Run for Cruise Moab Trail Leaders – April
      • Cliff made a quick trip to Moab, Utah for this training
    • Moab in Snow – January 2019
      • Susan & Cliff – Arizona’s Monument Valley and Utah’s Moab area
  • 2018
    • Death Valley – November 2018 
      • Tucker, Ben, Duc, Cliff and Don travel in their Land Cruisers and a Jeep to Death Valley National Park’s backcountry.  Almost 90% of the park’s roads are 4 wheel drive roads and we take many of them to see the remote areas in the park.
    • San Juan Mountains – August 2018
      • Tucker, Duc and Cliff take a side trip on the Shafer 4×4 Trail in Canyonlands Nat Park, Utah.  Richard and Don met us in Silverton, CO.  Over the next several days we take a number of scenic 4 wheel drive trails in the high country of the San Juan Mountain, Colorado. 
    • Cruise Moab – May 2018
      • At Cruise Moab Don, Paul, Ben, Vince and Cliff did Hells Revenge Trail, Fins N Things Trail, Arches Nat Park, Steel Bender Trail and Poison Spider Trail.
    • Goblin & Hole in the Rock Trail – Apr 2018
      • Before Cruise Moab Don, Paul, Ben, Vince and Cliff travel to Goblin Valley State Park and then Hole in the Rock Trail.
  • 2017
  • 2016
    • Grand Staircase – Oct 2016
      • Susan & Cliff in Utah’s Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument and Canyonlands. In Grand Staircase: Cottonwood Canyon Road, Grosvenor Arch, Willis Creek slot canyon, Wahweap Towers (or Hoodoos), Lower Calf Creek Falls, Devils Garden and in Canyonlands The Joints.
    • Rubithon – June 2016
      • Cliff rides with Don in his 1995 Land Cruiser to take on the famed Rubicon Trail.  It is consider one of the hardest 4 wheel drive trails in the US.  Rubithon is the annual Toyota event held there.
    • Utah & Colorado – May 2016
      • After Cruise Moab Don, Tucker and Cliff went to Telluride, CO then back to Utah for Hovenweap Nat Mon.  Arizona for Marble Canyon and White Pocket.  Back again to Utah for Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat Mon and Capitol Reef Nat Mon.
    • Cruise Moab – May 2016 
      • Don, Richard, Tucker and Cliff travel to Cruise Moab and net up with Vince.   They started out with the Kokopelli Trail (3 day overnight starting Colorado), Hells Revenge Trail, and Metal Masher Trail.
  • 2015
    • Capitol Reef – Oct 2015
      • Susan and Cliff’s trip to a number of southern Utah sights gets cut short when the Land Cruiser gets stuck in the mud in Capitol Reef National Park
    • Arizona – Utah – May 2015
      • After Cruise Moab Cliff and Don visited a number of sights in Arizona and Utah. In Arizona – Toroweap in Grand Canyon, White Pocket, Lower Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, and Monument Valley. In Utah – Lockhart Basin.
    • Cruise Moab – May 2015 
      • Both Cliff and Don took their Land Cruisers to Cruise Moab this year. They met up with Richard, Allen and Vince for the event. They started with the Kokopelli Trail then Porcupine Rim Trail,  Flat Iron Mesa Trail and Fins N Things.
    • Waterfalls in Oregon and Washington – April 2015
      • Susan and Cliff visit waterfalls in Oregon and Washington.  Also the azaleas at Gwynn Acres, Oregon.
  • 2014
    • White Rim Trail – November 2014 
      • Cliff, Susan, Debbie & Don – The White Rim is a 100 mile 4 wheel drive trail in scenic Canyonlands National Park, Utah
    • San Rafael Swell – October 2014
      • Cliff and some of his photo friends – Utah – The Swell, Goblin Valley, Happy Canyon, & Capitol Reef
    • Cruise Moab – May 2014 
      • Cliff and Don L met up with Allen and Tom in Moab, UT
    • Utah Canyoneering – May 2014 
      • After Cruise Moab Don L and Cliff met up with Steve and Don V to canyonneer Angel Cove and Winter Camp slot canyons along with visits to Canyonlands & Arches National Parks and a couple of remote cliff dwellings.
  • 2013
    • Calif North Coast – November 2013
      • Susan, Cliff & Karl travel to the Hall Mine in Northern California. Returning home by way of the North Coast, Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Redwood National Park and Ma-le’l Dunes.
    • Fall in Eastern Sierras – October 2013
      • Cliff and Steve find Fall colors in several location including some enhanced by an early snowfall
    • White Mountains & Nevada – August 2013
      • Cliff, Don L, Tucker, Kirby, and Mark’s offroad trip through the rugged White Mountains and remote western Nevada.
    • Road Trip to Wisconsin – July 2013
      • Cliff’s trip to Wisconsin taking in Crater Lake, Palouse Falls, Devils Tower, Great Sand Dunes National Park and some other sights along the way.
    • Idaho – Jun 2013
      • Susan & Cliff meet up with some friends from Boise and travel to the Sawtooth Mountains.
    • Cruise Moab – May 2013 
      • Cliff’s second time and Don L’s first time to attend Cruise Moab
    • Eastern Sierras – April 2013
      • Steve, Randy and Cliff travel to some petroglyphs in Owens Valley,  Cerro Gordo and Salt Tram Summit Station in the Inyo Mountains, Saline Valley and its hot springs in Death Valley National Park, Mammoth Mountain area, Mono Lake and Bodie State Park.
    • Tule Lake Birding – March 2013
      • Cliff and his photography friends on a birding trip, we encounter many birds including a number of eagles.
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
    • Susan and Cliff’s Nevada & Arizona – December 2010
      • In Nevada, Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden, Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon, Valley of Fire State Park and Little Finland.   In Arizona, Sedona and London Bridge.
    • Fall in Eastern Sierras – October 2010
      • Steve and Cliff travel to Eastern Sierras and Bristlecone Pine Forest (oldest living trees)
    • Yellowstone Wildlife trip – September 2010  
      • Steve, Don V, Randy, and Cliff head to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone for wildlife photos.  Bears, Elk, Moose & Bison, etc.  With all the great scenery we did happen upon some landscape photos also.
    • Utah Transcontinental Railroad – August 2010
      • Cliff drives many miles of the last completed section of the First Transcontinental Railroad. Trip also includes Bonneville Salt Flats, Antelope Island State Park and Lucin Sun Tunnels.
    • Susan and Cliff’s Southwest trip – May 2010
      • Colorado – Colorado Nat Mon, Gateway Auto Museum, Black Canyon of the Gunnison Nat Mon, Durango and Silverton Railway, Mesa Verde NP
        New Mexico – Bisti Badlands
        Arizona – Canyon de Chelly Nat Mon, Upper Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend
    • Cruise Moab – April 2010  
      • Cliff in his Land Cruiser, Karl and Melinda in their RV travel to Moab, Utah for Cruise Moab. Cruise Moab is an annual offroad event for Toyota 4 wheel drive vehicles. This was the first year for Cliff to attend.  Cliff went home via Valley of the Gods and then took Nevada back roads.
  • 2009
    • Utah Photography Trip #3 – October 2009
      • Steve, Don, Randy, John, Tucker and Cliff piled into a Land Cruiser and a 4Runner for a 9 day trip to; Toroweap in Grand Canyon, Paw Hole, White Pocket, The Subway in Zion NP, Zebra Slot Canyon, & Capitol Reef Nat Park.
    • Canyonlands The Maze – April 2009
      • Cliff and Susan take a 4 wheel drive trail in the San Rafael Swell. Next stop was Arches National Park.  Then a 4 wheel drive trail to Horseshoe Canyon and on to the Maze section of Canyonlands National Park, Utah 
    • Utah Photography Trip #2 – April 2009 
      • Steve, Don V, Randy, Roger and Cliff’s trip to Utah covered Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Paw Hole, White Pocket, Cottonwood Cove, Wahweap Towers, Cottonwood Canyon Road, Bryce Nat Park, & Zion Nat Park.
    • Yosemite Horsetail Falls – February 2009
      • Steve, Don V, Randy and Cliff travel to Yosemite National Park – The conditions were right to catch Horsetail Falls lit up like it is on fire.   Also captured some other park scenes.
    • Death Valley – Jan 2009
      • Steve, Don V, Randy, Tucker and Cliff explore a number of the backroad locations in the Park.  Death Valley National Park has about 10 times more dirt and 4-wheel drive roads than it has paved.  
  • 2008
    • Dirty Toy School – Dec 2008
      • Cliff attends a great school held at Anza-Borrego on how to drive 4 wheel drive vehicle in offroad situations. Also what to do when you get stuck or breakdown.
    • Utah Photography Trip #1 – October 2008 
      • Steve, Don V, Randy, and Cliff meet in Las Vegas for this Utah which included: Arches NP, Bryce Canyon NP, Canyonlands NP, Capitol Reef, Cottonwood Cove, Golden Cathedral, Peek-a-boo Gulch, Spooky Gulch.  Cliff made a loop through Death Valley NP on the way to Vegas.
    • Inyo Mountains – September 2008
      • Susan & Cliff, Leonard on a trip to test out my modifications to the Land Cruiser. We meet up with cousin Leonard in Lone Pine. Itinerary: Alabama Hills, Cerro Gordo, Saline Valley Salt Tram and Bishop Creek.
    • Alabama Hills and Death Valley – January 2008
      • Steve, Roger and Cliff attend the PMA Photography Conference in Las Vegas, and on the way stop in Alabama Hills and Death Valley.
  • 2007
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