Wonders of the Earth

2023 Calendar

The 2023 Calendar was based on a road trip that we undertook for five weeks in May and June of 2022.  

We drove from Mississauga to Seattle, turned left, then used the Pacific Coast Highway with a couple of excursions to Yosemite and Sonoma Valley. When we left Los Angeles, we turned left again and returned home via parts of Route #66 via Joshua Tree NP and Grand Canyon NP.

The trip was 14,000 Kilometres long. Donna and I were physically in the car and driving for 96 hours. To put it in Canadian perspective it was like driving from Toronto to Montreal for 28 days straight.

To put it from a matrimonial perspective – we’re still happily married.

Cover ~ Getty Villa Resident, Pacific Palisades, California




JANUARY ~ Going to the Sun Road, Glacier NP, Idaho

I love places that make you realize how tiny you and your problems are.” Unknown


The highway is the one thing that will get you from one side to the other without seeing it. This is a classic example of one part of our journey. The drive from Missoula, Montana, to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, is 264 km and would take 2 hours 45 minutes. We wanted to see Glacier NP; as a result, we took a long way, which was 650 km and 9 1/2 hours. We drove on the “Going to the Sun Road” part, which was open. Our one regret was our timing was a week off, and the higher elevation road was still closed. The drive was spectacular, and we found a quilt shop, which made Donna Happy.



FEBRUARY ~ Sol Duc Falls, Olympic NP Washington

“The goal is to die with memories not dreams.” Unknown


The Hot Rain Forest is home to many waterfalls and a wonderful forest. These falls are on a short loop from the parking lot, or you can take in many longer trails for more sites and scenes. If I was going to see one set of waterfalls, these would be it. This was absolutely spectacular. There were a couple of other notable falls on this trip.





Elwah Falls, Olympic NP, Washington – Bonus Image





MARCH ~Ruby Beach, Olympic NP Washington

“At the beach, the time you enjoyed wasting is not wasted.” T.S. Elliot

Ruby Beach would be it if you wanted to see a single place encapsulating all the Washington Coastline offers. They’re here if you want to see the sunset over the Pacific or logs on the beach. If rugged rocks or freshwater outlets are your cups of tea, they’re also here. I could have spent the whole day photographing this area and been OK with it.



Ruby Beach, Olympic NP, Washington – Bonus Images




APRIL ~ Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic NP Washington

“Travel opens your heart, broadens your mind, and fills your life with stories to tell.”

Another unique place and a must-see is the Hot Rain Forest. This is purely a magical place!



Rain Forest ~ Bonus Photos





MAY ~ The Tree of Life, Kalalock Beach, Olympic NP, Washington

“When I pray, I always thank Mother Nature for all the beauty in the world. It’s about having an attitude of gratitude.” Miranda Kerr

This Sitka Spruce is said to be 1,000 years old. There is a stream that is eroding the sand beneath creating the cave. this is a testament to “the will to live”.



June – Haystack Rock, Cannon Beach Oregon

“I don’t know where I’m going, but I’m going. Are you coming with me?” Unknown



July ~ Bandon Beach Oregon

“Colors are the smiles of nature.” — Leigh Hunt



August ~ Croad vineyards, Paso Robles, California

“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” —Galileo Galilei



September ~Harbor Seal, Old Fisherman’s Wharf, Monterey, California

“When you look a wild animal in the eye, it’s like catching a glimpse into the soul of nature itself” 
― Paul Oxton

October ~ Tunnel View, Yosemite NP, California

“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.” —Ansel Adams



November ~ McWay Falls, Big Sur, California

“Always take the scenic road.”Unknown



December ~ Grand Canyon NP, Arizona

“Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.” Ansel Adams




These are some of the bonus images from that trip.

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