New Year, New Joeography

With 2015 drawn to a close, the adventures and memories from the prior year still on my mind, I wonder to myself,”How do we make 2016 even better?” It’s a very good question. From the apocalyptic wasteland at Bombay Beach(See Apocalypse Now: The Ruins of Bombay Beach)to futuristic ships floating across the Sumida River in Tokyo(See Nautilus Reborn: Suijō Basu), 2015 was pretty incredible. It won’t be an easy task, we definitely have our work cut out for us. But the road is long and filled with adventure and new experiences. I’m a huge believer in exploring my own backyard. What better expert of where you live than yourself? It’s kind of hard to believe that the city you live in is a tourist destination for some. Living in California, I’m lucky enough to have an amazing backyard. Yosemite, San Francisco, the Redwood and Seqouia forests,  Los Angeles, San Diego, these places scratch the surface! Let’s not forget the Pacific! In the spirit of exploring our own backyard, here is what you can expect from Joeography.

Death Valley National Park


Artists Palatte


Crowned the one of the worlds hottest places, Death Valley set the record for highest tempurature reached(134 Degrees) and has held that record since 1913. It’s also home to the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere. 

Don’t let the sweltering heat scare you away. Death Valley National Park is home to some incredible hikes and overland trails. We are going to bring you the best of them!

Yosemite National Park


Sunrise in Yosemite


What hasn’t been said about Yosemite? It’s by far one of the most beautiful parks in the US, and one of the more well known parks as well. From Half Dome to the Yosemite Valley, there is plenty to do and explore in Yosemite. Don’t even get me started on the incredible views offered throughout the park. 

Sequoia National Park


Amongst the Seqouias


Home to the largest trees in existence, Sequoia National Park is a wonderland of Backcountry hiking and adventure. It shares a lot of the same trails as its brother, Kings Canyon National Park, which is home to what is widely disputed as the deepest canyon in North America. 

Zion National Park


Zion National Park has to be my favorite National Park on this list. Just the drive that winds through the park alone is enough to visit. It’s a wonderland of rock, flora and fauna, the likes that will keep you in awe for your entire trip. 

One of my all time favorite hikes called the Subway is in this splendid park. I will be bringing you all sorts of pictures and posts from this beautiful piece of Mother Nature. 

Grand Canyon National Park


Horseshoe Bend


I’ve been planning this years trip to the Grand Canyon for awhile now. While I’ve visited the Grand  Canyon many times, it’s never the same. There is always something new and exciting when exploring this giant hole in the earth. 

Whether it’s the sun reflecting off the walls in a different way or it’s making it to the bottom for the very first time, there is a reason why it’s one of the Wonders of the world. 

Los Angeles


Los Angeles After Dark


The City of Angels, Tinsel Town, Hollywood, you name it. The City of LA has many names and while they’re all fitting, Los Angeles is much more than the silver screen it’s famous for. 

Did you know that tallest building west of the Mississippi River is in Los Angeles, or that there is a Nazi Compound in the Santa Monica Mountains? There are many more secrets hiding around Los Angeles and I’m happy to bring them to light!

San Francisco


Under the Golden Gate Bridge at Sunset


Mark Twain once said that the coldest winter he ever spent was a summer in San Francisco. While that may be true, there are many ways to keep warm in this metropolitan Mecca for food and architecture. 

Make sure you join us as we explore the city that brought to life one of the more famous bridges in the world, the only moving National Monument in the world, the inventors of ciopinno and chop suey and let’s not forget San Francisco Bay.

The Road Less Traveled


If you haven’t noticed by now, one of my favorite ways to travel is by roadtrip. There’s just something about the open road! I know many of you agree with me and I plan on bringing you more short day trips like Mulholland Drive in Los Angeles and even longer, multi day trips like taking the Pacific Coast Highway up towards San Francisco.   

Along with these destinations, I will be focusing a lot on photography as well as tips and tricks to make it easier to get out and explore. One of my favorites is the Monthly Wallpaper segment. Every month there will be a new and exciting picture you will be able to download for a desktop or laptop wall paper. There will even be one for your phone and tablet! So make sure you stay tuned so you don’t miss out! And always remember to never stop exploring! 

But first, let me take a selfie


Please comment below if you have any questions, thoughts or suggestions! Thanks again for making this journey an amazing one!

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96 thoughts on “New Year, New Joeography

  1. Well being an American myself… I have only been to two of the places listed. Though if I visit California & Arizona again I will certainly visit the rest. Beautiful photos! Excited about seeing what else you bring for the year!

  2. Ah Joe, such incredible photography. I’ve been to Death Valley, it was too hot to eat our sandwiches outside! Monument Valley will always hold a special place in my heart. I’d like to see Sequoia National Park and Zion too – you offer such travel inspiration!

  3. Did you go to all those parks already? or are they on the calendar for 2016? As 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the national park system….good year to explore! Great blog!

  4. Wow! Can’t wait to see where you go in 2016 and I’ll surely be following along your journey πŸ™‚ I really want to visit all of these places…a part of the world I’ve yet to explore!

  5. Wow…I had to get the temperature converter out to put Fahrenheit to Celsius and that is hot! We have some beautiful national parks near where we live but they are much different from some of yours. I remember visiting one of Australia’s hottest places as a child but I can’t remember the temperature there, will have to give mum a call and ask! I loved the photo’s too!

    1. Hot is an understatement haha! I can’t wait to get back to Australia and give it a proper exploration! I’ve only been to Perth, but I have the out back and many more places on my list!

  6. Incredible photos! About two years ago I went camping in California and traveled around the Coast line! It was an awesome experience. Would like to travel through the US in a camper van.

    1. That’s a lot of fun. I’ve done it in a car, camping along the way. It’s the best way to explore in my opinion. So much freedoms are bestowed by using the car/auto!

  7. I’m facing your same “problem” here: I’m from Rome, a town full of possibilities for “backyard explorations”. I still don’t know what big trips I will have in 2016, but surely I’m making a list of off-the-beaten path places in my own town and in overall Italy to entertain my year πŸ™‚

  8. I haven’t been to the US yet but when I go I definitely would love to visit all the places you’ve mentioned! They look and sound incredible!!! Have a wonderful new year!!

  9. I love your pictures! They look really great! I also love the open road. It’s my favorite way to travel and you stumble upon so many interesting things!

    I haven’t spent a lot of time on the West side of the U.S., and this article makes me want to even more!

    1. The best thing about having a short list is that you have many more places to experience for the first time! San Francisco is going to be great, hope to see you there!

  10. Sounds like you have a great year ahead of you! That’s awesome that you have so many national parks close enough for you to visit. I’m still planning my year but I imagine it’s going to have a lot of your last picture involved- diving!

  11. The US has some very unique and beautiful places to travel. I guess that 2016 is going to be a great year for you. Keep going and enjoy your travels this year!

  12. You had an amazing year! My husband grew up in San Diego, so he’s travel to all these places as well. We hope to take our kids on a road trip West within the next couple of years.

  13. A great list and I’ve got a few of those on mine as well! I just did the PCH up to San Francisco after Christmas. It was such a great trip. Make sure you take your time and don’t try and fit too much into one day.

  14. Incredible pictures of all those amazing national parks! I haven’t been to any of them – isn’t that sad, since I’ve lived in the U.S. for so long!! We have a habit of getting out of the country for our trips and not seeing what’s right in our backyard.

    1. I’ve done the same thing for the longest time. It’s amazing what we have here and forget that it’s actually there! That’s why I’ve made it a point to explore it. I can’t wait to see how it’s changed! I hope you get the chance to visit these beautiful national parks soon!

  15. So many of these are on my list this year. I too live in California and want to explore my own backyard. Death Valley reminds me of a spot that I visited in Mauritius with so many different colors to the earth. I’m hoping to see it for myself this year.

  16. Sure, Bombay and Tokyo are undoubtedly amazing but you are also right that California has plenty to offer as well. I’ve never been there, but I really hope to see it some day. Have a fantastic 2016! I bet you’ll enjoy exploring your own “backyard.”

  17. I think that despite where we’ve been in life, it is important to frequently pause and look at what is right in front of us. Who knows what great gems and jewels are in our own backyard. In the near future, we are planning on moving back State-side and want to RV around the US. I have to say, CA is on my top list of places just because of all the beautiful natural sites and parks! Thanks for more inspiration!

  18. I would love to visit the national parks. Zion and a canyon lands in Utah particularly. Monument vallet would be amazing. Wow so many great places in your article great read

  19. Love the photos! They certainly inspire wanderlust! We visited LA, San Francisco and the Grand Canyon back in 2003, but I’d love to return and see them (and many of the other places you suggested) again some day!

  20. California is an amazing state with so much to explore. You’re lucky to be there and I’m sure you’ll have plenty to do. In my two visits to California, I was always amazed at the variety in scenery and things to do. Definitely going back for more!

    I particularly like the National Parks and been to a few. Yosemite and Death Valley are my favourites.

  21. Gorgeous photos! Exploring more of California is on my 2016 to do list too. I’ve only been to Los Angeles, but I’m planning to drive up the coast at some point this year. Your photos have given me some great ideas for stops along the way.

    1. Awesome! You’ll love the trip up the coast! If you need any help with planning/suggestions, please let me know! I’ve made the trip many times and would be happy to help!

  22. Sounds like an amazing year ahead!! California is so much fun, I was only ever there for a couple of weeks and felt like I barely saw anything. You’re year looks like itd going to be taking you to some amazing places, I look forward to reading your posts about them!

  23. You’ve got some great plans, Joe! Love the focus on he National Parks. We’ll be making a trip out to Zion and some of Utah’s other National Parks this fall! While in San Francisco, be sure to visit Alcatraz. It’s really fascinating. I’ll be sure to keep up to date with your posts. I love your photography and your tips to take better photos!

  24. This is my dream list of travels! The only place I have been to here is Grand Canyon National Park and that was not a disappointment whatsoever. You know when you hear of a place so many times in the movies, on TV, etc, etc, etc that you suspect it may not be as exciting when you get there? Totally not the case regarding Grand Canyon! Mind blowing! πŸ™‚

  25. Beautiful photos! Years ago, I went out west to visit the Grand Canyon and Zion (my favorite!). Since then, I’ve been dying to go back to visit more National Parks and spend some time in CA. Really looking forward to following you along on your adventure and getting some inspiration for a future holiday.

  26. Great photos Joe, I’ve been to Los Angeles and San Francisco but have yet to visit the rest of the destinations you’ve photographed. I can’t wait to explore more of the U.S. and see these sights for myself.

  27. Oh my gosh. It’s hard to concentrate on your words when I’m in awe of your photos. Gorgeous! That said, I agree. Sometimes it’s hard to write about your own backyard so one of my goals this year is to write more about Toronto and Ontario where I live. But we don’t have sequoia trees!

    1. I know right? I’m not sure how much I’m going to be able to get done while traveling. I might still be drooling over the destination haha! I look forward to reading your posts about Toronto and Ontario, regardless of not having sequoia trees πŸ˜‰

  28. Sounds like a pretty exciting year coming up! You’ll have such a fabulous time, we just completed a roadtrip from San Diego right up to Alaska, and passed through many of the destinations you mentioned here. So I know 2016 will be a bigger and even better year for you! Happy travels πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Meg! I love the trip up the coast from San Diego. I’ve never went all the way to Alaska, but that sounds awesome! I usually stop in my home town of Seattle. Happy Travels to you as well!

  29. As a Californian, all these places are well known to me, Jo (yes, even Mulholland Drive) and I love each one of them. Aren’t we lucky to live in this beautiful state? It’s very nice of you to make your beautiful pictures available for downloads.

  30. We have done several drives up and own the US West Coast and we will do it again in 2016…September to October, from Seattle to LA! But I can never shoot photos like yours!

  31. I’m so jealous–I’ve been wanting to visit the Sequoia National Park for so long! I’m super excited to hear about your adventures there. It sounds like your home has some incredible adventures in store for you this year πŸ˜€

    1. It’s going to be an incredible year! If you get a chance to go, go! It’s absolutely gorgeous and has some incredible back country trails throughout it and Kings Canyon!

    1. It’s like nothing else! I like to say once you’re certified, “Welcome to your new addiction!” Haha! It’s a great way to view the world. I hope you get the chance!

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