Tag: Travel Essays

“Droning” Over National Parks

“Droning” Over National Parks

Since I shoot video when I travel and have produced a few TV travel “shorts,” I’ve been intrigued with the idea of using a miniature helicopter, such as the Phantom 2 Vision Drone, to make my own version of  travelogues like “Over Hawaii.”

But there’s one set of places where I won’t be able to do filming from the air: U.S national parks.

And that’s either good or bad news for aspiring filmmakers and park visitors.

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“Driving The Damned Road” – A Cinematic Essay

“Driving The Damned Road” – A Cinematic Essay

A scenic highway runs almost arrow-straight through the Canadian Rockies from Banff to Jasper. It’s the only practical way to travel quickly and easily through that mountainous region.

But should I have followed the advice of a “local” I call “The Cowboy” and shunned that road?

That’s the question posed by following short film which I produced and which aired last month on local TV in Marin County, just north of San Francisco.

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(For more about visiting this part of Canada, read our story, The Perfect Canadian Rocky Mountains Trip.)

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“Southeast” – A Cinematic Essay

“Southeast” – A Cinematic Essay

Southeast Alaska is one of the most remote places where one could live in the United States.

Approaching "Cake" (Kake) On "Taku"

No roads connect its few towns, which are scattered wide apart over 35,000 square miles of mountains, forests, glaciers and sea.

Should you move there to permanently live, or merely pay it a brief visit on vacation?

That’s the question posed by following short film which I produced and which aired last month on local TV in Marin County, just north of San Francisco.

httpvh://youtu.be/3e2ENWOZNAI
(For more about visiting the Alaska Panhandle, read our ‘Destination: Southeast Alaska” story.)

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