Archives for December 2013

Fire over Kit Fox Hills…

It was early.  Very early. It was still dark when I cracked my weary eyes and peered sleepily out of the opening in my mummy bag stretched across the cot.  The weather had been a little windy, but nice and I had slept in the open that night so I … [Read more...]

Following Theodore Roosevelt

It all started on Thanksgiving 2012. I was hiking the North Dakota badlands with some buddies when we came to Theodore Roosevelt's Elk Horn Ranch. TR took refuge at Elk Horn following his departure from politics after both his mother and wife died on … [Read more...]

Aztec Butte in Canyonlands National Park

With only a half day to explore the Island of the Sky District at Canyonlands National Park, I opted to check out a few of the shorter day hiking opportunities, including the hike to Aztec Butte. The Aztec Butte trailhead is located on the road to … [Read more...]

Discovering Death Valley

I owe Death Valley National Park an apology. Before heading there for Thanksgiving this year I had no real desire to explore the area. Sure it was a National Park and sure whoever fought to preserve it probably had good reason, but between its sand … [Read more...]

“My Zion” ~ A Poem

The reasons are many and personal, but Zion National Park is my favorite of the many parks I have visited. Its beauty is well known and though I have walked many of its trails, there seems to always be something new to discover. It is there that I … [Read more...]

Evening in Glacier Meadows

It was a calm spring evening in the Olympic Mountains. Finishing up an early dinner, I decided to grab my camera and explore the Lateral Moraine of the Blue Glacier. Just a soft breeze blew through the area, as the light dissipated out of the Hoh … [Read more...]

A Presidential View

Perched above Hot Springs National Park is the 216 foot tall Hot Springs Mountain Tower. The tower overlooks the city of Hot Springs, Hot Springs National Park, and the Ouachita Mountains. The tower is the latest in a succession of towers built on … [Read more...]

Teakettle Junction – The Crossroads

  The sturdy truck rolled to a stop, dragging with it a cloud of dust and the last crunch of rock under our tires.  Sliding out of the cab and stretching, I walked around the faithful rig as the dust settled again on the old road.  The three … [Read more...]

The Hidden Yucca Forest of Death Valley

Like most people, I suspect, I had a certain image in my head of Death Valley.  I imagined this bleak, flat, dry, barren desert.  Even a casual glance at a map of Death Valley National Park proves otherwise, showing a crazy array of contours shaping … [Read more...]

A Window into Arches National Park

My recent trip to Arches National Park was my first visit ever to this park and I really had no idea what to expect.  Of course I had seen many pictures from Arches and had a copy of the map of the park, but that doesn't really tell you much. We … [Read more...]