It’s Labor Day Weekend! The official end of summer for most and one of the last chances to get outside with friends and family before the leaves start to turn and we turn the heat back on.
The outdoors have always been something I’ve been drawn to. Maybe it’s partly because I grew up in Idaho, but I noticed when I moved to Western Washington a few years ago that my love for the outdoors grew. I love getting out in nature and getting creative. To me, the natural beauty of a mountain overpowers a trendy downtown any day.
Coming into this weekend I really didn’t have any plans. Take the three days off I get, catch up on things around the house, and relax a bit. Until a couple of days ago. Taking a “photographing” road trip has been something I’ve wanted to do now for about 9 months and have never really had the time. I specify photographing because I don’t have enough time on a regular road trip to stop every 20 minutes to take more shots. Those trips are all about the destination. A “photographing” road trip needs to be about the journey.
This Labor Day Weekend I’m doing just that. Picking up for the next few days with a buddy, heading across the Canadian border and hanging out in Whistler and Vancouver for a bit. It’ll give us a good mix of outdoors and city to shoot as much as we can, hang out in nature and the city, and just unwind a bit (with the help from some great local brews as well.)
Labor Day Challenge:
I’m sure you’re like most people on this weekend and are camping or doing something fun. I encourage those who are to think of ways they can get creative with it. Camping? Try something you’ve never done before. Maybe that’s fly fishing, rafting, campfire cooking something you’ve never tried before.
If you don’t have plans – get out there! Enjoy this weekend with the rest of us and do something outside. Getting back to nature is one of the easiest ways for all of us to forget the stresses of life for a bit and be happy.