During September, I spent the better part of the month traveling out West both for work and for pleasure. It was my first time leaving Michigan since the pandemic started and was a much needed change of scenery. Living nearly my entire life on or near Lake Michigan, I always thought I’d need to settle close to a large body of water, and one that I couldn’t see across to the other side! However, the more I travel, I realize the mountains out West are where I feel most at home. It’s where my love for hiking, photography, and wildlife come together seamlessly. Here are a few pictures of my favorite places I visited during the month. I hope you enjoy the beauty our country has to offer!

Columbia River

Columbia River, Washington




Bearmouth Area, Montana


DT Wyoming

Devil’s Tower, Wyoming


Lake MacDonald

Lake MacDonald, Glacier National Park


Many Glacier

Many Glacier, Glacier National Park