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...]

Victory at Capitol Reef

We emerged from Spring Canyon at Capitol Reef victorious; we had successfully thru-hiked the entire canyon over the weekend. But this was no average weekend, this was a weekend in the dead of winter. Three days earlier the park ranger thought we … [Read more...]

Most Adventurous Tour at Mesa Verde

When deciding which tour my wife and I would go on during our visit to Mesa Verde National Park, we were sold on the Balcony House tour, thanks to the "Most Adventurous" tagline that accompanied it. I'm not sure how the Balcony House tour compares … [Read more...]

Summiting the Great Basin

At 13,065 feet above sea level, Wheeler Peak in Great Basin National Park is the tallest independent mountain in Nevada (Boundary Peak is taller, but that peak is a sub peak of a California Mountain). The most common route to the summit of Wheeler … [Read more...]

History at Hawaii Volcanoes

On December 7, 1941, the United States was attacked in Hawaii by a Japanese air raid. In the years that followed, the shores of Hawaii were used as military training grounds for a possible invasion of Japan by American troops. When hiking the rocky … [Read more...]