A MOUNTAIN TO SEA PHOTO JOURNEY BEGINS

On the first of January 2017, I left Florida to begin a two-year trip to photograph every state in the United States. But before I could begin my “Mountain to Sea Photo Journey”, I had to pick up my new RV in Lancaster, California.

Boo, my cat, was traveling with me on this cross-country trip and just getting acclimated to car rides. Needless to say, the 6 day trip on Interstate 10 from Florida to California was quite eventful.

That was 6 years ago, two years have long passed, and I am still traveling. I should note that as of 2022, I am not full-time while dealing with a medical issue. Currently, I only take trips ranging from a few weeks to a few months. However, since I still have many states left to photograph, I hope to be back to full time photography travel very soon.


My New Home on the Road

Having previously owned a 40 foot diesel motorhome, for this photography project I decided to purchase a nonmotorized RV. Knowing I would be traveling to small towns and remote locations with limited to no RV service I did not want to deal with engine repairs. After 8 months of research I settled on a Lance Trailer based on Lance Campers’ perceived high quality. Was this the perfect photographer’s RV? Read RV Adventures to find out.

Documenting the Journey

To document all the places I photographed as well as camped, I created the following maps by year of my travels. Each map contains a map key identifying what each symbol stands for as well as links to photographs of some of the locations I have photographed.

2017 Travels

2018 Travels

2019 Travels

2020 and 2021 coming soon

Rving with a Cat

As I have noted in other places on my site, I travel with a cat named Boo. Although Boo is a wonderful cat and great company, it is far from easy to pursue my photo travels while keeping Boo safe and happy. In fact, I will be dedicating a number of posts called Boo Bits to this subject for all pet owners. For now, here are a few things I think everyone should consider before traveling full time with a pet and in particular, a cat.

  • Climate- Can you keep your pet comfortable in all different types of weather?
  • Secure- Is your pet capable of being familiarized with a variety of different locations so that they know where their home is and will not get lost?
  • Travel Days- How long will your pet comfortably travel at any given time without getting stressed? How does this impact your plans?
  • Health- Is your pet healthy enough to be in remote locations, on curvy mountain roads , or in high elevations?

The above is only a partial list of factors one should consider before taking any pet on the road full time.

Boo safely enjoying the outdoors in his Clam Shell Tent.

Deciding Where to Photograph

The joy of being full time on the road is that you can drive anywhere to photograph. But choosing the right location at the right time is not so simple. In fact, I have written the following blog posts on this very subject: Tips for Locating Great Places to Photograph and 10 Tips for Planning Photography Trips.

Right Place Right Time Photos

Photographed in late spring for snow on mountains.
Photographed in winter for best light on the Southern facing Mission

Not only are photo destinations important when traveling full time for photography but also finding places to camp and in my case avoiding bad weather are equally important.

I love being a nomadic photographer with the ability to explore new places. However, it does come with many challenges including no internet in so many of my destinations. As I share my “Mountain to Sea Photo Journey” here, I try to be honest about both the good and bad sides of this life.