Take the Camera, Leave the Compass
The majority have been work trips. I'd take a long weekend while out there, find a (somewhat) close park and go exploring. Never more than a loose plan.
I have a habit of stopping by the visitor center and talking to an NPS ranger, "If you had just 1 day to visit, what would you see?" The rangers are always enthusiastic and always point you to less well known gems in the park.
The freedom to explore without a plan is the wonder of finding what you didn't know existed.
Current Camera: Panasonic Lumix G85, usually shooting with a 25mm lens
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