Archives for November 2013

Wrapping up the Big Giveaway

When we launched ParksFolio we hit the ground running with a pretty Big Giveaway full of sweet gear from our site sponsors.  Today is the FINAL day of the giveaway and soon it will be time to pick the winners (ends at midnight tonight, so last chance … [Read more...]

Unexpected Snow, Unexpected Adventure…Anticipated Solace in Great Sand Dunes NP

It was early April and winter remained the prevailing season in Denver and the surrounding high country in Spring 2010. A recent death in the family tugged at our hearts and forced a small group of family and friends to listen to our inner John Muir, … [Read more...]

Frozen Coast at Rialto Beach

I set off to visit popular Rialto Beach during a time period when most hikers don't dare venture out. It was a brisk Winter's morning on the Olympic Coast with the temperature in the low 20's overnight.  I was happy that I'd brought some extra … [Read more...]

Sunset at Black Canyon

The South Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison is lined with overlooks. Some of the overlooks require short hikes to get to, while others are located right off the road. All of the overlooks offer a different view of the magnificent canyon, and … [Read more...]

Victory at Capitol Reef

We emerged from Spring Canyon at Capitol Reef victorious; we had successfully thru-hiked the entire canyon over the weekend. But this was no average weekend, this was a weekend in the dead of winter. Three days earlier the park ranger thought we … [Read more...]

Sunrise at Arches

I make it a habit to get up for at least one sunrise when traveling - especially in National Parks. After tweaking my hand and having to ditch a climbing trip last January my fiance and I rerouted our travels to Moab, UT where they were experiencing … [Read more...]

Most Adventurous Tour at Mesa Verde

When deciding which tour my wife and I would go on during our visit to Mesa Verde National Park, we were sold on the Balcony House tour, thanks to the "Most Adventurous" tagline that accompanied it. I'm not sure how the Balcony House tour compares … [Read more...]

Sunset from Mesquite Springs Campground in Death Valley

There are a lot of camping options in Death Valley National Park.  The main campground is at Furnace Creek near the visitor's center and sees the majority of the RV and seasonal traffic.  Much of the backcountry is open for camping as long as you're … [Read more...]

Summiting the Great Basin

At 13,065 feet above sea level, Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park is the tallest independent mountain in Nevada (Boundary Peak is taller, but that peak is a sub peak of a California Mountain). The most common route to the summit of Wheeler … [Read more...]

Pausing for Druid Arch

I'm not a photographer. I'm not someone that makes a habit of stopping on the trail. I'm a hiker. I'm a hiker that doesn't stop. The more I hike, the more miles I get in. The more miles I get in, the more I see. The more I see, the more I … [Read more...]