The Chains That Free Us
Hidden Canyon Trail in Zion National Park, Utah (USA)
Copyright © 2017 by Cindy L. Sheppard. All rights reserved.
retired five years ago after working for three decades at a public-utilities company.
She always enjoyed traveling, when she could arrange time off that is. After retiring,
she relaxed for a while and then rewarded herself for all those years of service by
taking an extended road trip with her best friend. They departed the east coast
of the U.S. in June 2017 to visit, camp, and hike in more than 60 midwestern and
western national parks and monuments. It was quite the adventure for Ms. Sheppard,
including these highlights:
Hiking in hellish heat and through varied terrain, and scaling peaks in the
Tetons, Sierra Nevadas, and other ranges
Losing her footing early in the trip and falling into the glacier-fed, rushing
waters of Avalanche Creek, where she was drowning until three angels in the guise
of kindly strangers rescued her (and yes, she has scars as souvenirs)
Fulfilling a lifelong dream of seeing moose and, better yet, of being
surrounded by, mustangs in the wild—not to mention the redwoods in
Shooting many thousands of images with a brand new camera, another
well-deserved retirement gift
[Geothermal], three photographs shot by Ms. Sheppard during her
2017 road trip, published in Issue 4 of MacQ
⚡ Several of Ms. Sheppard’s photographs
from previous travels illustrate four stories in Issues 6 and 8 of Serving House
Journal (for example,
shots in “Fighting Toads”).
⚡ Three of her experimental night shots appear in
Issue 2 of KYSO Flash.
⚡ And two of her “Queen of the Night”
photographs appear in Volume 1 of the KYSO Flash Anthology (2014), with one
of them illuminating
the front cover.