A Short Update

So, here I am yet again… chronically late when it comes to writing. I had the best of intentions of writing at least once a month this year, but that got shot up pretty early. Maybe I’ll change that goal to something that I can still achieve, like writing 12 or more blog posts this year… Anyway, here’s the news that’s fit to print in my world, mid-March 2018 edition.


Above: Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, January, 2018.

Since the last update in January, a lot has happened, but I’ll be brief. Shortly after the first of the year my parents came to Corvallis for a visit, and I toured them around a bit, and had a short but good weekend with them. After they left I took a short day trip down the coast to the Oregon Dunes, and managed to snap a few images that I was happy with while hiking around on the John Dellenback trail. I’d had a few ideas of composition rattling around my head for a few months, and it was neat to make it come together. I haven’t done much photography around here yet, but the few times I have gone out I’ve been pretty happy with the images I’ve captured and the places I’ve seen.

After that early January visit I had about two weeks with not too much happening, which I’ll admit was pretty amazing after the summer and fall I had. The weather was pretty mild by my standards, and I was fairly productive at work. That changed in mid-February though, when my sole remaining grandfather took ill and passed away, which prompted a trip home to MT and a shifting of work schedule that meant what had been a steady but not too busy February and March turned into a marathon of back-to-back travel. In the past month and a half or so I’ve only been home for a few full weekends, and have spent most of the time in travel status either for work or family visits. Busy busy…

Above: The Washington Monument and the National Mall, from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, March, 2018.

On the positive side, the past week involved a work trip to Washington, D.C. for a meeting/training event that was the capstone for a professional development program I participated in at work. I hadn’t been to D.C. before, so it was an eye-opening and humbling experience for sure. Some things were as I expected, with the D.C. culture at the Forest Service headquarters being one, and the overwhelming number of things to do and see being another. Some things weren’t quite like I thought, the sheer size of the Lincoln Memorial for one. Although I’d seen it in images and on television many, many times, somehow that didn’t even come close to preparing me for just how massive the monument really is when seen in person. Also a bit surprising to me was how easy it was to get around by foot in the area where we had our meetings and hotel… between the Metro and plain old-fashioned walking, there was an incredible number of places to go within 30 minutes or so of the hotel, which made for a smooth visit. We had a packed schedule, and packed even more into the evenings, so there’s a lot more that happened than I’ll share here and now… maybe later.

I’m sure I’ll post up some more thoughts about the past month or so when I’ve had more time to reflect, and frankly when I’m not so tired (5 weeks of steady travel with a death in the family, and a time change with cross-country travel in the middle, plus another week on the road starting tomorrow will do that) I’ll be better prepared to talk about it all. In the meantime I thought I’d better get something out while I had a short moment.

Until next time…


About Justin Vernon

I'm an amateur photographer, wanna-be writer, tech aficionado, and a classic introvert who values quiet time as much as I do the mountains and people of the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies.
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