Looking through the archives

"Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back." Every now and then I look through old photos. They always bring back good memories, and usually find one or two with potential that I edit. Last night I looked through some photos from a hiking trip I did in 2016.

Have you heard of The Wonderland Trail at Mount Rainier? It's a roughly 93 mile loop around The Mountain, with about 22,000 feet of elevation gain! I've hiked it twice, the last time on a 9 day trip in September of 2016.

Last night I looked through days 7, 8, and 9 of my 2016 trip and relived my journey. I was with two friends, Bill and Michael, and have such great memories.  I don't have many photos (crashed hard drive!) from my first trip. My wife did about half with me, and I did the last half alone. That one was a 2 week trip. People are often consumed with time on that trail. "How fast did you do it?" I recommend taking your time. That 2 week trip allowed for rest days, a more leisurely pace, and I had terrible blisters so probably couldn't have gone much further each day.

Anyway, back to looking through old photos... I enjoy going through them for the memories, but often find one or two I want to edit and wonder, "why didn't I do something with that?"

The image above is one such photo. I like the misty, fall, late afternoon feel to it. While editing I slightly adjusted exposure, brought out some contrast, sharpened a little, but tried to keep the same feeling.

I hope you enjoy my photo, I hope you look through your old photos to relive good times, and I hope you get to see Mount Rainier sometime from the path less traveled by. That will make all the difference.