Just like every reporter loves a buffet, we all think our photos are better than they are. But hey, they make good memories, right? Pictures taken from the road or while on assignment trigger everything I felt and imagined all over again. In the name of that, and in lieu of a reporter's notebook, here are 12 shots from the past five months of work and life. Captions above.
The first thing I did when I got to Japan in February was take the elevator to the 38th floor of a Tokyo skyscraper.
The second thing I did was go skiing. On our hotel's laminate floor, ski boots were forbidden. Slippers were the call.
In March, I spent 10 days camped in Alaska's Chugach Range near the port of Cordova. We were only going to be there 6 days, then a storm dropped 10 feet of snow, stranding us. This was our camp during the initial deluge, when we got 40 inches in 24 hours.
Alaskan sunsets add color to an otherwise bleached landscape.
A airplane-window view of the peaks between Yakutat and Juneau.
From Alaska, I met my passport in Spokane, Washington, then hitched a ride up to British Columbia's Selkirk Range.
Travel is magic, but there's nothing like going home and visiting your backyard haunts after a few weeks away.
In April, I met Iguassu Falls in Brazil. We are now friends.
Spain was the last stop on a whirlwind tour del mundo. We saw a wild boar in the Pyrenees (below) and surfed on the Atlantic coast (bottom). If you ever doubt that every nook on earth has its own identity, go to Spain.