During our visit to Yellowstone National Park this summer, my wife and I cut through the Northeast Entrance of the park in order to get back to our cabin outside of Cody, Wyoming. We did this because of construction and closures to the Grand Loop Road, but we were glad we did. The route from the park entrance back to Cody was quite a beautiful – and quiet – drive. In particular, the stretch of Wyoming Highway 296 around Sugarloaf Mountain and Dead Indian Hill were spectacular.
My wife and I spent the better part of last week houseboating on Lake Ouachita in Arkansas with our parents, my sister-in-law and her kids. The houseboat was provided by Dreamchaser Houseboat and Water Toy Rentals, which is owned by my wife’s aunt and uncle. This was the second year in a row I have been able to take part in her family’s tradition. It was a great bookend to what has been a summer full of fun – and highly visual – trips for us. The summer started with a road trip West and concluded with a week on the houseboat. I brought my DJI Phantom 3 4K drone along to capture the trip, but I don’t know if any camera can do the lake justice when it comes to capturing the beauty and serenity of the place.
The final stop of our honeymoon trip to Italy last month was Rome. We were there for three nights and saw thousands of selfie sticks along with about a dozen landmarks between Rome and Vatican City. I’m a history buff so this was one of my favorite stops on our trip. Everywhere we turned in Rome we seemed to wander into ruins of some sort.
Capri was our favorite stop during our honeymoon. We were there for just one night, but we got to experience quite a bit of the island during a boat tour. Capri has been a popular resort destination dating back to the days of the Roman Empire. It’s such a beautiful place that it’s hard to take a bad photo on the island. That said, I hope my photos did it justice:
Despite its beauty, Positano served as the backdrop to the writing of one of The Rolling Stones’ darkest songs, “Midnight Rambler.” In 1995, Mick Jagger told Rolling Stone the story behind the song:
That’s a song Keith (Richards) and I really wrote together. We were on a holiday in Italy. In this very beautiful hill town, Positano, for a few nights. Why we should write such a dark song in this beautiful, sunny place, I really don’t know. We wrote everything there — the tempo changes, everything. And I’m playing the harmonica in these little cafes, and there’s Keith with the guitar.
The city of Pompeii, Italy was destroyed when nearby volcano Mount Vesuvius erupted on August 24, AD 79. The town and its residents were buried and forgotten until the ruins were discovered and eventually excavated hundreds of years later. Today the ruins are one of Italy’s top tourist attractions.
My wife and I are honeymooning in Europe and spent the first few days of our trip in Sorrento, Italy. The city is a popular tourist destination south of Naples along the western coast. Besides the hundreds of shops, restaurants and bars, Sorrento offers stunning views of the Gulf of Naples backdropped by nearby Mount Vesuvius.