My bike. Ektar.

My bike. Ektar.

One year of Shoot Film, Ride Steel. I wasn’t expecting to make it this far with this little project. In fact, I hadn’t really counted on it lasting long enough to renew the domain registration. But it did last, and I’m glad.

One year of Gear Wednesday. I did my first about my beloved Nikon F3HP, and I’ve managed to keep blathering about some particular bit of kit every Wednesday. Much to my surprise.

One year of writing about whatever was on my mind on every Saturday. And every Saturday, I wonder what the hell I’m going to write about. Every Saturday, I figure something out. The only deadline I missed was due to an incompatibility between my host’s server and an upgrade to a utility I use. I don’t think that was a bad average.

I originally had the idea to use this to cover one year of upcoming bicycle tours, none of which happened. Now I get to make another attempt, and hopefully get farther this time. There will be shots from a train trip across the US from Denver to the east coast, a 375 mile or so ride, and then another return trip. There may be, depending on the weather, another trip up and down a bike path in South Dakota. There will definitely be numerous jaunts around Denver to cover while the training progresses.

Lost Creek Wilderness, my favorite hike in Colorado.

Lost Creek Wilderness, my favorite hike in Colorado.

There will be more hiking, since it makes me happy and healthy. There will be a foray in to large format, via the gateway drug of 4×5. That’s going to be coupled with an urge to get in to the back country and see what I can get on a huge negative. I can’t wait to see the changes that large format makes to my photography. I’m looking forward to seeing things a bit differently.

There will be more rangefinder moments, more coffee in out of the way places, and more scribbling with pen on paper.

More trains to ride than I have time to.

More trains to ride than I have time to.

I’m going to ride trains more often. There’s a lot of the country you can only see by rail out here, and I want to look at it all. I enjoy a ride on a train for no other reason than to be riding one. I even don’t mind sleeping in coach for a while.

I think there’s going to be a cross country drive. I’m going to engage in my wanderlust that way as well.

Weld County, CO. Nothing but sky and road.

Weld County, CO. Nothing but sky and road.

One year in to this little adventure. The best part of it, though, is what lies ahead. I’m looking forward to it. Thanks for coming with me this far. There’s nothing but the sky above and the road ahead of me. Here’s hoping you come along for the next one.