Glacier in the Sky: Harding Icefield Trail

I’ve always been fascinated with glaciers; their polar blue color and deep crevasses are hypnotizing. And when there’s a chance to hike to the top of one? Icing on the cake! The Harding Icefield Trail starts at the Visitor Center at the Kenai … [Read more...]

Avalanche Peak: The Ultimate Yellowstone Hike

A hike to add to the list: Avalanche Peak My fiancee Simon and I are both big hikers, and are attempting to cover as many trails in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as possible. One that we test out every year is Avalanche Peak – across from … [Read more...]

Everglades National Park: Awakening the Explorer Within

Tomorrow morning, I'll be kayaking for the first time. It's the second step in my journey to kayak and camp Everglades back country. I took the first step, in December 2013, when I drove through the gates of Everglades National Park with my sons. It … [Read more...]

Who’s afraid of the big, bad…um…sandhill crane?

Firstly, let me apologize for the quality of these images. I had no intention of doing any photography on that hot, bright Yellowstone afternoon. When my fiancee Jill and I camp in Yellowstone, we usually have very early mornings and very late … [Read more...]

Aliens in Glacier National Park?

This photo experience was so freaky. I mean just look at them. Scariest things ON EARTH! I’m kidding, these bighorn sheep are not so scary at all, and are such gentle and shy creatures. For the most part. In this experience, I found them quite … [Read more...]

Death Valley; The Inexplicable

Let’s face it. Death Valley is weird. Its diversity and appeal is wholly based on its strangeness. Here one finds the lowest piece of dry land within the continent that’s within eyeshot of the highest peak in the continental United States. Within a … [Read more...]

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...]

Sunset in Big Bend National Park

Many days into our NJ to CA road trip, we made the long, little-inhabited drive to Big Bend National Park. We had hoped to spend 5 or 6 days exploring the park but bad weather threatened our stay. The Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive seemed like a great way … [Read more...]

Finding Appreciation and Perspective among Ancient Rock Art

It had been a long day and it was far from over. Business had brought me to Phoenix the week prior and that week had taken its toll. Staying an extra day to take in Saguaro NP while in the area would prove to restorative, but the Bajada Wash - Valley … [Read more...]

Half Dome and 1/2

Lord, I love this hike. Lord, I hate the cable route. It's not because of the climb, the exposure or physical effort required; it's due to the many other hikers excited to be there. The key to a successful RT ascent in one day is to start at 4:00 AM … [Read more...]