Photographer and filmmaker Patrick Walsh embarked on a monumental road trip across America. He drove an impressive 3,920 miles (6,800 km) and captured the entire trip with his mobile, from South Dakota’s Badlands to Yosemite National Park.
After sharing the first part of his road trip with us, he now recaps the full journey and what he learned . See all photos from his road trip in the album RoadTripxUSA.
The one that got away
I woke up early in the morning, near Yellowstone, and a bull elk was standing ten feet in front of me. It was just a brief moment looking at each other. I leaned up from my sleeping bag, careful not to make any sharp movements, and reached for my phone. The elk got spooked and searched for a quick exit, ultimately plowing its way through the dense forest. It was a brief face-to-face with wildlife and a great start to the day. I guess it was one of those moments only to be experienced.
It’s not about the lessons
This trip reinforced a general maxim: You have one life, live it to the fullest. Appreciate what you have.
Follow a sketch, not a plan
Taking some time off the grid is not tuning out, it is tuning in. Do not rush it. Allow time to explore, be spontaneous and visit places you did not intend to. Talk to locals, they often have really good information. A lot can be done on a small budget. Make sure to gaze at the stars.
Pack light, be brave
A good pocket knife
Cooler and bottle opener
More than a memory
The Narrows in Zion National Park, Utah. It’s a good sense of scale, tiny people enveloped by soaring walls. It also shows how light can change the characteristic of the rock from one side to the other.
Into the wild
I am interested in traveling to South America, particularly for snow climbs, or the volcanoes of Ecuador. Meanwhile, I will be doing more trips in California in the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, coastal areas like Point Lobos, Monterey, Big Sir and down the Pacific Coast Highway.
EyeEm on the road
The EyeEm Community’s response has been great! I can gauge from interaction what type of images resonate with people. It’s interesting to see what works and what doesn’t – and to have people follow along. Some are even thinking about doing their own trip!
Coming together to experience the outdoors
I met a lot of great people! The locals were particularly hospitable and very helpful with tips about their area. I visited 14 National Parks and also met a lot of people from many different parts of the world; it is awesome to see so many different people coming together to experience the outdoors.
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