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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]