The Lost Hiker: Blog en-us (C) The Lost Hiker [email protected] (The Lost Hiker) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:09:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:09:00 GMT The Kileuea Lava Lake, Spring 2017 Lava Lakethe lava lake at Kileuea from the Jager museum

Hey, guess what! I have a new set of photographs edited!


Kileuea Lava Lake 2017 Gallery


Stopped by Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park in May to see the lava lake that has built up at the summit of Kileuea. At just 60 feet bellow the crater rim, it is exceptionally easy to see right now from the overlook at the Jager museum.


I also have a number of photographs from the ocean lava entry. Unfortunately, the hose was so strong the day I went that it was obscured by a giant cloud of steam.


For those looking to see lava at the ocean entry or on the lava field, you can enter at any time of the day on either the NPS side or the Royal Gardens Subdivision side. ABSOLUTELY be sure to wear sufficient hiking boots and long sleeves. The sun on the lava flow is brutal, and regular shoes will get torn apart by the volcanic glass. Yes, glass, lava is essentially made of tiny crystals of extremely sharp glass. I can also not stress it enough, but carry more than the recommended amount of water, especially if you plan to explore beyond the designated trail.

[email protected] (The Lost Hiker) Hawaii Volcano Mon, 26 Jun 2017 19:37:46 GMT
The 'Castle Aaargh' Castle StalkerThe castle Auuugggghhh! The Most Holy "Castle Aaargh" As seen in "Scene 36".

Castle Stalker

Argyll and Bute, Scotland, The United Kingdom

​Canon EOS Rebel


"The Castle Aaargh. Our quest is at an end! God be praised! Almighty God, we thank Thee that Thou has ... safe... the most...!" (Interrupted by French)
- King Arthur, Son of Uther Pendragon, King of the Round Table, King of the Britons, Defeater of the Saxons, and Souvereign of ALL England.

Unfortunately I couldn't get a better picture, we had no idea we'd be driving right past the infamous castle holding the 'Holy Grail' made famous by the comedy troupe Monty Python. The castle is not quite the most imposing structure to be found in Scotland, but certainly does hold a piece of cultural significance to Scotland, the UK, and men who recite line after line of Python quotes.

You can actually tour the castle on a limited basis, information can be found on the Castles owner's website

The Castle was first described by Joseph of Aramathea in Aramaic on the walls of the cave of Kyle Banorg, guarded by numerous deadly animators. It was carved sometime before the events of Scene 34 in the year 769 A.D. The simple inscription upon the wall stated "Here may be found the last words of Joseph of Aramathea. He who is valiant and pure of spririt may find the Holy Grail in the Castle Aaargh"... He most likely died while writing it.​

But, oh come on. Who would bother to carve 'aaargh', he'd just say it.

But that's what's carved in the rocks.

Perhaps he was dictating?

Maybe he meant Camauuuugh? In France, I think?

Isn't there a Saint Aauuuves in Cornwall? Wait, no that's Saint Ives.


No, no, Aaargh. At the back of the throat. Aaargh.

No, no, no. Oooooh as in surprise and alarm.

Oh you meant AAAAAH!


There isn't much nearby, however, Scotland is a fairly small country and road travel is easy to plan day trips across the highlands. I suggest Either making plans to stay in Inverness or Oban (temporarily). Inverness is in the heart of Scotland within a few hours driving distance of just about everything; The famous castles, the lochs, the golf courses, and has some very nice restaurants and pubs. Oban is famous for it's whisky distillery and the nearby Jacobite ruins.

Loch Ness and Castle Urquhart are just a short jog to the East through the Highlands. While crowded, the loch and castle are well worth the touristy visit and looking for Nessie makes for great fun with children.

Kyle of Lochalsh is the gateway to the Isle of Skye, an amazing hiking ground for the physically active. The Highlands in general are a great place to stretch the legs and pitch a tent for a few nights. But, weather changes fast in Scotland and even mid summer it can be quite cold, and the midges are quite infuriating! If you've seen James Bond: Skyfall, you can see the midge flies tormenting the actors on film.
We were swatting flies all the way back to Inverness.

Oban is great for a short stay, but we were rather unimpressed. The restaurants are pretty good if you know where to look, but be aware that some pubs in town are actually primarily places to gamble and get a drink than to get food.

North, along the A85 at Dunbeg, is the ruined Jacobite Castle of Dunstaffnage. The Castle is actually very well taken care of, for a ruin. The grounds are well taken care of and has a small chapel ruin nearby in the forest.

McCaig's Tower is rather interesting to visit, but we didn't have a chance.

St. Columba's Cathedral holds a very prominent place in Oban along Ganavan Rd along Oban Bay.

North of Oban along Oban Bay, further down Ganavan Rd is Dunollie Castle and Museum. The Ruins are

:How to get there:

From Inverness

1: Travel West out of Inverness on the A82 (you will travel along Loch Ness!)
2: Continue West on A82 at Spean
3: After the Bridge, turn Left onto A828 to Oban​​​​
4: Castle Stalker is visible from the road on the Right at Portnacroish.


From Oban

1: Travel North out of Oban on the A85
2: Turn Right onto the A828 at Connel before the bridge.​
​3: The Castle will be on the Left at Portnacroish


:When to go:

​When the French do not have control over the castle;
Also, when the police investigation of the Knights of Camelot's involvement in a murder has concluded.

Seriously, though. I would recommend Summer. Unless you like snow and cold rain, you might at least get a few warm and dry days March to September. Also, check Castle Stalker's website for visiting information.


Charles Jenkins; 
Emperor as dictated farcical aquatic ceremony in which some moistened bint had lobbed a scimitar at him.

[email protected] (The Lost Hiker) Castle Island Lake Scotland Wed, 28 Oct 2015 21:59:38 GMT
Zeniarai Benten Shrine

Zeniarai Benzaiten Ugafuku Shrine

Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan

iPhone 6


Hidden above Kamakura, along the Daibutsu Hiking Course is an amazing little shrine, Zeniarai Benten. Not very well known by foreign tourists, this shrine is popularized by locals as a shrine for wealth. The primary draw of the shrine is a cave, where spring water freely flows into a basin tucked inside. Visitors may (for a price) wash their money in the basin. Where it is believed, upon spending that money, it will return to your several fold. The higher the denomination of the currency you wash, the more money returns.
Like a faith based investment.

From the road, only a tunnel and a Tori gate denote Zeniarai Benten shrine. Pass through the tunnel into the open grotto, housing not just one, but several shrines. Shrines to various gods and spirits of luck. Koi ponds, bridges, incense, and the cave really make Zeniarai Benten a special place.


1: Kotoku-in; The Kamakura Daibutsu (The Great Buddha of Kamakura). On the Western end of Kamakura is a colossal statue of a Buddha, one of the largest and oldest in Japan. It is best reached by cab, though the hiking trails and paths are a great alternative.
2: Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū; A massive temple complex at the head of the main avenue in Kamakura. The Temple was built when Kamakura was the capital of feudal Japan. The temple is famous for it's former 1000 year old 'Hiding Ginkgo Tree', where rumor has it, a Ninja assassinated a Minamoto Lord by jumping from it's limbs. The Tree was unfortunately blown over in a typhoon.
3: Kenchō-ji; One of the single oldest temples in all of Japan, still standing of course. ​The gate of Kenchō-ji was built in the 600s, an amazing feat of wooden engineering. The staff is very friendly, but don't speak any English. Kenchō-ji is the Entrance to the Ten-en hiking course, and also leads way to the Hansobo shrine. Hansobo shrine is dedicated to the Tengu (bird-faced imps) who inhabited the mountains. There are dozens of statues of these creatures littering the shrine's surroundings, and marks the true start of the Ten-en hiking trail.

:How to get there:

Follow the Daibutsu Hiking Course out of Kamakura's main thoroughfare.
On the west side of Genjiyama Park, follow the road down slope away from the hiking course. On the right will be the tunnel entrance.
Alternatively, you can take a cab.

From Tokyo, take the Yokosuka Line train from Tokyo Station. The ride is about 1 hour and 10 minutes and costs about $18 round trip.​​​

:When to go:

Any time of year is a great time to visit Kamakura. I visited in mid December, and the temperature was very pleasant.
Mid Summer might be a bit warmer than expected.


[email protected] (The Lost Hiker) Japan Kamakura Shrine Wed, 14 Oct 2015 17:00:00 GMT
Loch Leven

Loch Leven Castle; Wettest Place on Earth
Perth and Kinross, Scotland, The United Kingdom
Some Old Canon camera 
I didn't care if it got wet.​


​On our drive to Inverness from Edinburgh, we decided to make an ill-fated stop at Loch Leven Castle. We imagined the ferry from the docks to the island to be a larger closed in boat, but instead we got a dinghy. Soaked to the core, we and the other families on the boat crammed in as much out of the rain as we could.

​​Once on the island you are greeted by the rather large ruins of Loch Leven Castle, an impressive stone structure. As you make your way to the castle, the engine of the ferry will roar to life as the ferryman leaves you and the other folks stranded on the island till he feels like returning.​​

​Stranded, you are left with nothing to do but explore the ruins. Which are impressive till you want to leave, however you can't leave. The central keep is the best place to stand, as the basement of the castle is still closed in. You wonder how the noble whom took charge of this tiny island ever kept himself from going insane.
Are you saying I went insane waiting for that Dinghy to come back? Darn right I did!​
​ That's why I chose the picture of the DINGHY instead of the castle!

                :Why:    :​Nearby:

​Nothing is nearby, unless you're planning on playing golf at Kinross Golf Course.
The food in Kinross is actually spectacular, and the village itself is very interesting. It would be great for people with Children, I would wager.​

:How to get there:

​If you actually want to go here, take M90 North from Edinburgh or South from Inverness.
Get off at Kinross and make your way East on Station rd. Turn right on B996, then Left on Kirkgate, and finally right on Sandport ct.
Then go to the port and buy a round trip ticket to and from the Island.​

:When to go:

Don't go in the rainy season. (It always rains, unless it is snowing.) Our friends in Scotland say that sunny days do happen, but we didn't experience many. There is surely a time when it isn't raining, but come prepared to get wet. That statement should be your mantra for visiting anywhere in Scotland. Rain happens, and it happens often. But the temperatures are very pleasant, in fact almost cold.

[email protected] (The Lost Hiker) Castle Lake Scotland Wed, 07 Oct 2015 17:00:00 GMT

The Castle built on Salt
Salzburg, Austria
iPhone 5​


Towering over the Danube river valley is the notorious Salzburg, or Salt Castle. The bastion of Austrian economic supremacy protecting the salt-rich mountains of central Europe from the Protestant heathens of the Germanic Kingdoms. The Austrian Empire's powerhouse of wealth can almost solely be explained by the trade of one of the most sought after commodities in Europe, Halite. Massive quantities of salt exist in this territory that was a flashpoint in many conflicts. The wealth granted Austria great influence with neighboring states.

This picture is taken from the top of the Museum der Moderne Mönchsberg, from the balcony of the restaurant M32. The view is incredible and you can see the whole valley sprawled out before you. M32 I would argue is a Michelin Star quality 5 star restaurant with an amazing outdoor seating area. The only draw back is the vicious German Hornets.


Berchtesgaden is only a short drive (or bus trip) from Salzburg. The Alps are VERY steep in this section of Germany and the drive is very pleasant along the creek. The time to drive into Berchtesgaden is only about 45 minutes from Salzburg, considering traffic.

1: Die Kehlsteinhaus (Kel-Stein-Haus); The Eagle's Nest; Adolf Hilter's ​private mountain resort high up on a bluff above the Königssee (the King's Sea).
The villa is in amazing shape and takes a long two part trip to get to.
First you must ride a bus from the visitor's center to the lift entrance, then ride the lift to the summit.
Leave about an hour to explore the Nazi catacombs and museum nearby the visitor center.

2: Die Königssee (Koh-nig-zeh); The King's Sea; Is a beautiful alpine lake. There is a ferry that takes roughly 3 hours from one end to the other. I believe there is also a chance to stop at the medieval monastery on the far side of the lake.
I have not been personally, but it is considered well worth stopping.

3: If the Sound of Music is more your thing (I can't speak for myself on this one), but there are countless tour operators in Salzburg who offer day trips. To the mountain fields which the Von Trapp family would have known.

:How to get there:

Salzburg is easily access by train from either Frankfurt, Germany (by way of Munich) or Vienna, Austria. We rented a car in Frankfurt, so unfortunately I have no knowledge of the timetables or pricing of the trains to and from Salzburg.

:When to go:

I would recommend this as a Spring or Fall trip. Summer in Central Europe has been VERY hot lately, but you may get lucky!

[email protected] (The Lost Hiker) Austria Berchtesgaden Castle Germany Mountain Wed, 30 Sep 2015 17:00:00 GMT
2011 Hawaiian Tsunami

The March 2011 Hawaiian Tsunami

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, United States of America

Canon EOS Rebel


On March 11th, 2011 in the early morning a Tsunami roughly 6 feet high rushed into the Northern Hawaiian shore. Even though it was a small wave compared to most televised tsunamis, the devastation was costly. Fortunately no one was caught un aware, as Hawaii received ample warning from the Japanese Government. The Tsunami was the result of a 9.0 Earthquake off the coast of Fukushima, Japan, the Great Tohoku Earthquake. Me and the others in my party were staying at a hotel about 8 feet above sea level RIGHT above the shoreline road.

After the city was certain we weren't going to be struck by another freak wave, we were allowed to walk down into the touristy section of the town. Above are just a few of the pictures I took, and they don't quite do justice to the situation.

Food, water, and other supplies weren't delivered by truck that day for various reasons concerning the tsunami. This meant that most restaurants (especially the ones on the shore) were closed, or only serving a limited menu. I ended up eating at the Kona Brewery, much to the jealousy of my friends.

[email protected] (The Lost Hiker) Hawaii Island Tsunami Wed, 23 Sep 2015 17:00:00 GMT
Imogene Pass DCIM\100GOPRO

Imogene Pass
Telluride, Colorado, United States of America
GoPro 3 Black Edition​


Imogene pass is one of the more fun Jeeping trips I've undertaken with my father, between Ouray and Telluride. You can see the hood of our old red 2008 Jeep Wrangler as we crown the pass itself. Jeeping for those who aren't privy to the 'sport' is the act of driving a Jeep onto four-wheel drive roads. These sort of roads are impassable for regular motor vehicles and can be quite gnarly. The views afforded to those who undertake the trips are awe inspiring. The pass itself is approximately 14,000 feet.

On the Telluride side of Imogene pass is an old gold mine, which the name escapes me. But I remember the story of the mine; During the height of the Colorado gold rush, the mine operators cut corners in their management and payment of employees. The Mining Union started a violent strike to oppose the poor management, killing the mine boss. In response, Colorado dispatched the state militia to dispatch the union and permanently closed the mine. As a disclaimer, I can't say if this is the exact mine, but I am almost positive.

:How to get there:

To get to Imogene Pass, you can approach from either Telluride of Ouray. If you own a Jeep, you may attempt this at your own risk. However, for first timers, I can't stress renting a Jeep in either town enough. Or, perhaps consider a guided tour. I unfortunately do not know the pricing on rentals, as we haven't rented in over a decade.

Driving the pass can take upwards of 4 hours. The road starts on CO 361 heading West out of Ouray, and K 68 Tomboy Rd heading East out of Telluride. It is easier to find the heading out of Ouray, but you must take a LEFT at the fork towards Camp Bird Mine! Right is towards Yankee Boy Basin, and the cut over on the opposite side of the gulch is rough. (We accidently went that way).​

Watch the videos and follow the pictures, in order on my gallery for a detailed show of the trip from Ouray!

:When to go:

Driving any of the passes is highly dependent on the yearly weather. This year, Imogene Pass was closed well into June. Some other years it is open as soon as early April. The primary factors are; The last snow fall (it can snow in June/July/August), the summer temperatures (Can be bellow freezing and over 90), and the weather conditions in Arizona/Utah make a major difference. If Utah is experiencing a windy, dry, hot season the wind blows dust onto the peaks. The red sand absorbs sunlight as heat rather than reflecting it as snow does. Therefore, it melts faster.

This year, it snowed in late April, stayed moderately cool into June, and did not experience any major dust storms.​

Rain, snow, sleet, and hail can come on suddenly, so be prepared. If the sky is overcast and getting dark, hightail it home!


!!!Do Not Feed Wildlife!!!
!!!Do Not Approach Wildlife!!!
!!!Do Not Approach Prospectors!!!
!!!Do Wave To Other Jeepers!!!
Also, Uphill has right-of-way.



[email protected] (The Lost Hiker) Colorado GoPro Jeeping Mountain Wed, 16 Sep 2015 17:00:00 GMT
Lake Chuzen-Ji

Chuzen-ji Lake
Nikko National Park, Tochigi Prefecture, Japan
Canon EOS 6D

Chuzen-ji area is famous for hiking, and the water falls. I'm not sure when these Swanboats were last used, but the resort town does not appear to get as many tourists as it once did. Though the town has a few ramshackle old storefronts, Chuzen-ji is famous for wood carving. The lakefront side walk is a nice place for a calm stroll, but check the weather. I visited in mid August, one of the hotter months of the year. Japan was suffering from the worst summer temperatures in 160 years. The Japanese kept detailed accounts of the weather and other natural phenomena over the duration of their civilization. Even so far as having records of tsunamis, from the South, caused by Earthquakes in pre-Columbian North America. Tokyo was veritable sauna while I was in Nikko, though the humidity was just as bad. The early morning was in the mid 80s, however by 2pm the temperature rose and the humidity turned Nikko National Park into a sweat lodge. You can see in the picture just how humid it was that day, the sheer haze covering the lake and distant shore. Despite the sweat, this is one of the best places I have been in Japan!


Kugen-no-Taki is only a 10-15 minute walk from the giant Tori gate entrance to Chuzen-ji's lakeside.
If you're up for some hiking, Mount Nantai is directly North of Chuzen-ji Onsen (which might be the trailhead).
There are several other waterfalls along the road to ​​Senjougahara Ski-Area; Such as Ryuzu Falls.

:How to get there:

There are 3 primary tracks to Nikko. They are Ascending in Price and Descending in Time.
1: Asakusa Station towards Kinugawa Onsen, change trains at Shimoimaichi Station. This is the most frequent train, $26 round trip.
2: Asakusa Station towards Tobu-Nikko Station. No train changes, but the train is infrequent. The price is also about the same as the Kinugawa train.
3: Tokyo Station towards Otsunomiya Station, change trains in Otsunomiya towards the JR Nikko Station. Shortest trip, but about $110 round trip.​​​​

​I HIGHLY recommend buying the All-Nikko Bus Pass that is offered at the Tobu-Nikko station. For $60 you can ride every bus between Tobu-Nikko station and Senjougahara Ski-Area without paying additional fare for 3 days. This includes the Historic park in Nikko proper, containing the Tokugawa shrines and tombs.

:When to go:

​Nikko is a great place to stop year round. Though the Spring is supposed to be brilliant, with the cherry trees. The temperatures in fall are far more agreeable, as with most of Japan. Summer can be a sweltering sauna. Weather can move in rather unsuspectingly. During my walk through the shrines, a sudden storm let loose a torrent of rain before miraculously disappearing as quick as it came. Making the humidity even more unbearable. The Ski-Resorts in the area are also decent, but I can not attest to that.

I recommend you reserve at least a whole day to visit the National Park. That will get you enough time to visit the Tokugawa Shogunate shrines and tombs, which are spectacular. If you plan to visit Chuzen-ji or do some hiking, I would suggest spending at least 2 days. Edo-Land is also a short train ride away.

[email protected] (The Lost Hiker) Japan Lake Nikko Wed, 09 Sep 2015 17:00:00 GMT
"Beware of Dadgum Spider Monkeys!" DCIM\100GOPRO
(Kevin, trying out Paddle Boarding for the first time. A prelude to disaster.)


There are a number of things to beware of when playing in the wide ocean; Sharks, Barracuda, Lionfish, Fire Coral, Jelly Fish, Man-o-War, and Sea Urchins. Today, we have the lesson of the Sea Urchin.


My Uncle Kevin had his first taste of Diadema Antillarum off the coast of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Diadema Antillarum is more commonly known as the Caribbean Long-Spined Sea Urchin. The spines of the Caribbean variety can grow as long as 12 inches. They inhabit warmer oceanic settings at depths of between 3 and 30 feet, and prefer rockier coral-poor habitats. Any locations that do appear coral-poor should be suspect as a habitat, and you should tread lightly. They can be clustered rather densely in areas, and can be on vertical surfaces or even upside down. Always watch where you swim or step.


The sting of the spines is not poisonous, but definitely hurts worse than getting a fish hook stuck in your hand. The size of the spines alone should be enough to deter predators or clumsy humans, but occasionally they find themselves lodged in a poor man's size 90 foot (he's a man of tall stature). If you manage to step on one, it is likely that you were stung by more than just a single spine. A Sea Urchin is able to full control it's spines at will and will redirect them towards a threat. It IS possible to pick them up, but DON'T TRY IT YOURSELVES.


If you are stung, alternate ice and heat on the affected area. Break off any exposed spines or attempt to remove any easily spotted spines. However, do not attempt to remove spines that are deep within the skin. Your skin will be inflamed for some time in the area, but the spines will naturally be dissolved by your body. The Spines of the Diadema Antillarum are made of mostly Calcium Carbonate. This is compound can be absorbed by the body. It's good for your bones. It can take a few months to dissolve, but much better than cutting your foot up for microscopic pieces of spine.


(OUCH! Enhanced the color so that you can more easily make out where he was stung.)


We will never forget what he called the Sea Urchin. We told him it was a Sea Urchin, and he called it a "Dadgum Spider-Monkey". Somewhere out there is a poor urchin with a bunch of broken spines, thanks to Kevin. I hope he doesn't go back there, because those Spider-Monkeys may be waiting for him. They'll be attacking the boat next time!

[email protected] (The Lost Hiker) Coral Reefs Pain Sea Urchin Virgin Islands Sat, 31 Jan 2015 06:00:00 GMT
Chaos in Kailua-Kona On March 11, 2011,

Arguably the strongest earthquake ever recorded struck 43 miles off the shores of Japan. 東日本大震災, the Great East Japan Earthquake, created tidal waves 133 feet high in Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, damaged a nuclear reactor at Fukushima, and shifted the whole island of Honshu 6 feet eastwards. "The World Bank's estimated economic cost was ~$235,000,000,000.00". (Wikipedia)


I was fortunately almost 4,000 miles away from this incident. However, the aftershocks across the Pacific plate created a 5.6 magnitude earthquake on the island of Hawai'i. A quake I didn't even notice until relatives started messaging me at 3:00am. But, even in Hawai'i we were affected by the destruction wrought by this mega-quake. The tsunami wave quickly raced across the pacific, and eventually made it's way to the Big Island. On Hawai'i we recieved some of the higher tidal waves in the islands. Storefronts were washed out, restaurants left just a pile of chairs and sand, and the King Kamehameha III Hilton Hotel was now a home to beached sharks. The beach was left a dredged muddy mess, consisting of none of the white sand that lay there only hours before. Worst of all was the damage to the roads and piers. The wave struck with such force that the concrete of the road, the sea wall, and the cruise-ship pier was shattered.


Worst of all, our excursions for the rest of the trip were cancelled. We were due to go diving, but that of course didn't happen. Also equally annoying, we went to a Mexican restaurant that day for lunch. The supply trucks hadn't been able to go anywhere due to tsunami warnings, so they were short on Beef, Chicken, Alcohol, Tea, Sodas, and Cheese... So... I left. Go eat at Kona Brewing, a much better restaurant and brewery!


Having made a lot of contacts and friends abroad, especially in Japan, I feel for those who lost their lives or lively hoods because of this event. It's effects were far reaching, and devastating.  This was just my piece of information for the future. All photographs within the "Island of Fire" Hawai'i gallery are within a week of these event, all photographs of Kailua-Kona are of just two hours after the tidal wave surged through.


[email protected] (The Lost Hiker) Earthquake Hawaii Island Kona Sat, 24 Jan 2015 06:00:00 GMT
Introduction Greetings and welcome to my new website!


I am currently giving Zenfolio the benefit of the doubt, due to it's simplicity for the end users. It sure beats me spending three weeks trying to re-teach myself CSS, PHP, and Java.


On this website I will be displaying my artistic works that I have produced while traveling and while at home. Namely of a photographic nature. I will then try my best to issue blog posts concerning a set of photographs or events concerning a few singled out photographs, to put them into context. It is one of the few fallacies I have found with Zenfolio is that I can't have a summary of each individual photograph or galleries as a whole. Considering every photograph has a story or an interpretation, I find that a rather large hurdle.
My utmost goal with this website is to introduce people who never leave home to what foreign places I have been. To show them that the world is smaller than they realize, but at the same time larger than anyone can ever hope to comprehend. Humanity is the same, everywhere, but culture is an endless tapestry of colors. I hope that some of my relatives can experience what I have seen through my photography, as well as others. It is also a way to show our friends abroad what the American West is really like.


I myself am an undergrad student in Dallas-Fort Worth. As a overly under-occupied student, I spend my days contemplating the meaning of boredom. It's very core is dull and dreary. That, is why I travel a lot; To escape the inevitable. To flee the dark pit of mundane boredom. I've been to almost every state and several countries (which is a disappointingly short list at times). I try to bring my camera with me whenever I travel, however, due to bag size it can be difficult to get it on a plane. Last year I managed to acquire a Pelican backpack with a large compartment for camera supplies. I am able to carry my usual carry-ons and all of my camera equipment. My brand new Canon EOS 6D and my GoPro Black Edition. My previous camera was a Canon Rebel EOS, however I can not remember the specific designation.


Currently, most of my pictures come from my most recent trips. I am in the process of digging up older shist, hopefully I still have the files from older vacations. I have a lot of pictures from London and Scotland for some reason, but most of those pictures look terrible. True to their weather, we rarely had a sunny day. Poor conditions for doing photography like that.


I will also occasionally chime in with some tips, hints, and other travel advice here on my blog. So keep in touch if you would like some sound advice from the average person. Specifically on solo travel, like I do, it really helps to hear from others.


I also am willing and able to serve these photographer roles;
Weddings, Portraits, Parties, Sports, Nature & Animals, Underwater, Expeditionary photography. Or just about anything else.


My pricing is fair awesome, but competitive. Please contact me for an estimate and for scheduling.
Will travel for an included fee (varying price, distance dependent).


For international communication I speak;
English (Native),
(Fließend, aber mein Wortshatz ist rostig.),
(de improviso. Soy de Tejas.),
日本語 (
أنا أتعلم العربية

Charles Jenkins
تشارلز جنكينز



[email protected] (The Lost Hiker) Introduction Wed, 21 Jan 2015 21:41:21 GMT