Hitting the open road and taking in all that this crazy, beautiful world has to offer can be one of the most profound and freeing experiences a person can have. Especially if they include their rescued best buddy in the adventures too.

Which is exactly what illustrator John Stortz decided to do after rescuing his husky from a shelter. Traveling the southwestern United States for the last two years as a dynamic duo, John and Wolf have documented their travels on Instagram and Tumblr. Be it a stunning mountain vista, a mysterious cave or even the Hollywood sign, these two have explored it: together.

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Each photo not only captures the beauty of the landscape, but also the obvious affection Stortz has for his travel companion. Captioning one of the photos, “Good people, a good view and a half obedient mutt are about all you could ever ask for,” it’s obvious that these two are the perfect pair to take on the world.

In Sturtevant Falls, Stortz says, “Merwolf in his domain.”

Breathtaking Photos Capture a Dog's Adventures in the Most Beautiful Places in the USA

Switzer Falls, Altadena, CA

Breathtaking Photos Capture a Dog's Adventures in the Most Beautiful Places in the USA

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Antelope Valley Poppy Fields, Lancaster, CA. Watch out for winged monkeys!

Breathtaking Photos Capture a Dog's Adventures in the Most Beautiful Places in the USA

Bronson Canyon, Los Angeles, CA

Breathtaking Photos Capture a Dog's Adventures in the Most Beautiful Places in the USA

Goat Canyon Trestle, Borrego Springs, CA

Breathtaking Photos Capture a Dog's Adventures in the Most Beautiful Places in the USA

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Stortz captioned this shot from Red Rock Canyon State Park in Cantil, CA: “I’m pretty sure I made a weird face in ninety percent of my childhood photos.”

Breathtaking Photos Capture a Dog's Adventures in the Most Beautiful Places in the USA

Mojave Desert

Breathtaking Photos Capture a Dog's Adventures in the Most Beautiful Places in the USA

Death Valley, CA…right about where Forrest Gump decided to stop running. 

Breathtaking Photos Capture a Dog's Adventures in the Most Beautiful Places in the USA

Mammoth Lakes, CA

Breathtaking Photos Capture a Dog's Adventures in the Most Beautiful Places in the USA

Caples Lake in the Eldorado

Breathtaking Photos Capture a Dog's Adventures in the Most Beautiful Places in the USA

Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, Aptos, CA

Breathtaking Photos Capture a Dog's Adventures in the Most Beautiful Places in the USA

The Sierra Nevadas

Breathtaking Photos Capture a Dog's Adventures in the Most Beautiful Places in the USA

Morgan Territory Preserve, Livermore, CA

Breathtaking Photos Capture a Dog's Adventures in the Most Beautiful Places in the USA

As Stortz puts it, “Finally found the middle of the middle of nowhere in Nevada.”

Breathtaking Photos Capture a Dog's Adventures in the Most Beautiful Places in the USA

Bonneville Salt Flats, UT

Breathtaking Photos Capture a Dog's Adventures in the Most Beautiful Places in the USA

Conejos County, Colorado

Breathtaking Photos Capture a Dog's Adventures in the Most Beautiful Places in the USA

Potato Chip Rock, Ramona, CA. Like a little slice of heaven.

Breathtaking Photos Capture a Dog's Adventures in the Most Beautiful Places in the USA

All image source: John Stortz/Instagram