The Everglades: Where Wonders Only Whisper

I grew up on the outskirts of Everglades National Park yet I've struggled to love this place like I love the mountains. From a scientific standpoint, I've always understood the importance of the Everglades and been amazed by the diversity and … [Read more...]

Thunderhead Prong Quiet Walkway

I admit that I hesitate to reveal one of my favorite places in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's not a big secret or anything, it's just an often-overlooked trail that I would love to keep all to myself. But if you're looking for a nice … [Read more...]

Unfinished Business at Theodore Roosevelt National Park

It was supposed to be a short camping stop, just a couple of nights of a five-week trip. Once camp was set up under the cottonwoods though and I stepped a few paces behind the tent onto the banks of the Little Missouri River, I knew instantly this … [Read more...]

A Twenty-year Love Affair with Great Sand Dunes

For all of the notoriety of the famous national parks, one of my favorite places in the world is the decidedly unfamous and often-overlooked Great Sand Dunes National Park near Mosca, CO. I fell head-over-heels for this astounding place twenty years … [Read more...]

Rediscovering the Great Smoky Mountains

There's a saying in the Smokies that something happens when you cross over the Little River. I've made that crossing and I can tell you something special does happen. Enter the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Townsend, TN and feel the … [Read more...]