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...]

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

As a wilderness adventurer, I'm drawn to places off the beaten path. I enjoy the piece and quiet the wilderness offers. I enjoy standing atop a summit, all by myself, with the (incorrect) feeling that I was the first to conqueror the mountain. I … [Read more...]

The Best Open Tundra Hiking In The World

Denali National Park is located at 64◦ North Latitude, not too far from the Arctic Circle. Tree line ranges from 2000 ft to 3000 feet. Unlike lower latitudes, you are in the open tundra quickly. The great Alaska Range is truly astounding.  Mt. … [Read more...]

The Primitive Trail at Devil’s Garden

I expected to do the full loop, including the Primitive Trail, when we talked about hiking Devil's Garden in Arches National Park.  However, the fact that I was just recovering from a knee injury and the trail is listed as "strenuous" meant we'd have … [Read more...]

A Lake Crescent Morning

With a last minute whim, I would jump on the bus with my bicycle and head to a popular summer day hiking destination on the northern border of the Olympic National Park. Having the bus drop me off on the north side of the Lake Crescent, just off … [Read more...]

Broken Arch from Devil’s Garden Campground

Since we managed to grab a spot at Devil's Garden Campground in Arches National Park a night early, we got to explore the area a little that afternoon.  Our first hike was Broken Arch Trail from the campground.  Once we got camp set up we headed up … [Read more...]

Toast on Half Dome

My friends and I had wanted to go see Yosemite National Park for most of our lives. We "trained" for 6 months and thought we were in pretty good shape, but were still not prepared for the ~16 mile hike and 4800 foot elevation gain to get to the top … [Read more...]

How lucky! – Backpacking Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

We had spent the week on the island of Maui, my husband and I, exploring the beauty of Haleakala. Now it was off to the Big Island to spend 4 days backpacking along the coast in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park! Late in the week while on Maui, we … [Read more...]

Grand Prismatic Spring – A ridge scramble for a view of a lifetime

While visiting Yellowstone National Park with another family, we decided to see the Grand Prismatic Spring, but not from the boardwalk that is adjacent to it. I had seen a lot of pictures online and most of them were too close to really experience … [Read more...]

Angel’s Landing: A Hike to Remember

It all started with an early morning call from my boss. "Pack your bags. You have an early flight tomorrow to Vegas." Vegas. For the summer. Sweet! I was so excited, not by the gambling, but because I'd never hiked in that part of the country … [Read more...]