BEST OF FRIENDS

A photographer and his loyal companion take an F-150 to Moab, Utah.

By Kathy Sena

A few years back, photographer Theron Humphrey decided to “traverse all 50 states in 365 days and meet one person a day,” he says. His companion on the 65,000-mile trek: his now-famous rescue, Maddie the coonhound. Their adventures are shared on Humphrey’s website, thiswildidea.com, and in a charming photo book, Maddie on Things: A Super Serious Project About Dogs and Physics.

With a new adventure in mind for Humphrey, Ford recently gave the Nashville-based photographer an F-150 pickup, which he and Maddie used for traveling and camping all over Utah for five days. He captured their experiences in photos.

In wide-open Utah, the interstate-highway speed limit is 80 mph. “It was great driving down the highway at that speed, using cruise control, and feeling like you’re practically not moving,” says Humphrey. High altitude and steep hills? No problem. “We went on Hell’s Revenge trail,” he adds. (The trail reaches a 4,780-foot elevation.)

“With the EcoBoost® V6 engine, I had V8 capability, and it didn’t lose power on the steep hills, even at that elevation.”

While traveling with a four-legged friend may mean making a few sacrifices—“I can’t get on a plane and fly to Europe,” Humphrey laughs— seeing America this way and camping with his companion of five years has been a highlight of his life, he says.

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