Introducing The Rutter

Not all those who wander are lost
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

A Small Frustration

I have been publishing my photographic work on the web for a number of years now. It is gratifying to receive your likes and comments about my work.

I have been frustrated however, as I haven’t been able to figure out how to present more than just the photos. I want to share some of my learnings about travel and photography. Case in point, our recent trip to Utah and some of their National Parks. I don’t think those posts fit well under the Northwest Moments category.

I’m no Rick Steves, Art Wolfe, or Scott Kelby, but I have some ideas and experiences which are worth sharing.

New Site Category

So… A new category for our site. A journal? A blog? What to call this category? How to identify it on the menu?

My goal is to build Northwest Moments up as a photography and travel site. The world needs another one of those right.

What’s wrong with Journal? Or Log? Or just Blog?

Well, frankly, I don’t like them. I want something that is reminiscent of the explorers of the 16th and 17th centuries. Explorers like James Cook and George Vancouver. Alexander Mackenzie, Simon Fraser and David Thompson. These are a few of my heroes. They are the ones who opened up the Northwest. They did so much to document and map our lands. Mackenzie was the first European to travel overland across the continent and reach the Pacific Ocean. The maps of David Thompson enabled the Lewis and Clarke expedition.

Great men who didn’t have a red Prius to take them across the country.

A Category Name

Right then, what name for this new category?

Years ago, while working as a computer repairman, I picked up the then hot novel, Shogun, by James Clavell. It is a story of an English merchant seaman washed ashore in Nippon, the land we now know as Japan. It is a brilliant work and an enthralling read. Early in the story, Clavell has his hero, John Blackthorne, describing his log book. His Rutter as it was called in the 15th century. Kind of like the Captain’s Log from Startrek.

With this new category in mind, I looked up the word Rutter in Wikipedia. There, it is defined as a mariner’s handbook of written sailing directions. The article goes on to say that these handbooks often contained a host of other information in addition to the landmarks, reefs, and shoals. They often contained calculation rules, math tables, medical recipes, and customer lists. These books were unbelievably valuable to the ship’s owners and were fiercely guarded.

Welcome to The Rutter

So… I will title this category The Rutter.

I think it describes what will be posted here. Information about the places Liddy and I travel to. Where we found a good spot to place the tripod. What we thought were the best places to camp or stay. And of course, where to get a quick bite.

This will also be the place where we will share those techniques we have found of value. Things like organizational tips for Lightroom and the best way to make a hobo stew.

I don’t think our Rutter will be as valuable as say the 1595 Reysgheschrift, which was released by the Dutchman, Jan Huygen van Linschoten, a real merchant mariner. That publication broke the Portuguese monopoly on trade to the far east

Even so, I hope you find some interest from our entries here.

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