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...]

National Park Lodging: What’s your favorite place to stay?

You almost always have a range of options when you're choosing National Park lodging. Camp under the stars, backpack to a primitive spot in the backcountry, rent an RV, find accommodations outside the Park, or book one of the many lodges inside the … [Read more...]

How are you inspired to travel?

I have always traveled a little, 3 or 4 day trips on the river or whatever.  My first major trip was back in 1998, I was 22 years old and it shaped the way I look at travel.  I had been studying the pre-Columbian cultures of Central and South America … [Read more...]

National Park Images: What do you focus on?

When it comes to National Park images, I shoot the full spectrum of subjects. I love to shoot the epic landscapes, the local wildlife, and those amazing natural features that seem to individually define each park.  Unknowingly, I've also captured, to … [Read more...]

How do you think the NPS handled the closure?

Due to the government shutdown, the National Park Service properties were closed to the public for 16 days.  As the shutdown dragged on, a handful of parks were reluctantly allowed to open thanks to support from their states.  There are a lot of ways … [Read more...]

How do you choose which National Park to visit?

There are now over 400 NPS protected and serviced properties including 59 National Parks in the US.  From east coast to west coast, from Florida to Alaska and everywhere in between there are National Parks that have their own unique personality and … [Read more...]

Hallowed Ground – The Closure of our National Parks

In an interesting coincidence of timing, Tim and I both happened to be in the process of visiting National Parks in different parts of the country when the Government Shutdown forced the closure of our National Park Service properties.  Our initial … [Read more...]

This park CLOSED due to Government Shutdown…

As of Tuesday, October first, the Government Shutdown left all National Parks closed to the public.  This meant those of us planning trips into the parks would be turned away, and those already staying in the parks would be forced out.  This meant … [Read more...]

A National Park for every season – What’s your favorite?

The natural elements shape our experiences in the National Parks, revealing characteristics that seem to emerge only with the changing seasons. Visitors crowd into Parks across the country during the summer months taking advantage of the long days … [Read more...]

National Parks vs Mother Nature

Our National Parks are constantly changing so how do we handle that? As the wildfire crossed into Yosemite National Park proper, I found myself conflicted by the classic battle between an innate desire to protect the National Park yet still respect … [Read more...]