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...]

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...]

Following Theodore Roosevelt

It all started on Thanksgiving 2012. I was hiking the North Dakota badlands with some buddies when we came to Theodore Roosevelt's Elk Horn Ranch. TR took refuge at Elk Horn following his departure from politics after both his mother and wife died on … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Yosemite Lodge: A fire to end an epic day of adventure

It was the end of our second day in Yosemite National Park when my wife turned to me and said "We need a fire and a drink!".  She was right. Mountain air, particularly that crisp air that tells you fall is in full effect, signals to us that it's … [Read more...]