I’ve been on the road for nearly three weeks now. About half way through my trip today I’m in Joshua Tree National Park. On a long road tour of the west I’m visiting several wild and scenic places to meet and connect with people like me, and perhaps you, who are dedicated to leading an active lifestyle. And even though I’m heading back toward home the journey is far from over.
The Joy Trip Project is an ongoing mission to discover and report on the many expressions of modern adventure. From my home base in Madison, WI I produce a blog and podcast series of the same name that regularly provides a variety of different stories on athletes, artists and activists who work to make the world a better place and have a lot of fun doing it. A few times each month I leave to Dairy State to venture out into to world in search of new stories to tell.
On this Joy Trip I’m traveling between the 5Point Film Festival in Cardondale, Colorado and the MountainFilm Festival in Telluride. Both these events are annual gatherings of amazingly creative people who blend art, adventure and storytelling to demonstrate the many remarkable things made possible through human spirit. In these two target rich environments I can share dozens of news films, books, photographs and paintings produced by the most talented adventure media makers in the world.
As 5Point and Mountain Film are a month apart I’m making use of the time on a journey along America’s highways to explore a few of the places that inspire the genre. With stops in Moab, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Joshua Tree and the Grand Canyon I’m connecting with some of the people whose work make the stories I love to tell possible. And through the power of social media it’s my privilege to share this journey and invite all those aim to be inspired to come along for ride.
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