How big is Half Dome in Yosemite? This big!

We walked just 50 feet from where we parked at Glacier Point when I saw Half Dome for the first time. Tater, my 5 year old fearless adventurer, had already begun the boulder problem that would become his focus for the next 20 minutes. He climbed the … [Read more...]

El Capitan is much bigger than you think

We arrived at Yosemite National Park in late afternoon. As we made our way into the heart of the Park by way of the Southside Drive we caught our first glimpse of El Capitan. It's huge! I thought I had a clear idea of its size in my mind before we … [Read more...]

Wildflowers Draw You to The Mountain Tops

From mid-June to mid-July, wildflowers are quite abundant at Denali National Park. These flowers are very small and require you to get on your hands and knees to view them and appreciate their beauty. This is Purple Mountain Saxifrage. It appears in … [Read more...]

Tunnel View in Yosemite

I've seen this tunnel view in Yosemite a million times online. I would think about how impressive it looked. But I never realized until I approached the pony wall in person that not a single picture I had seen really does this view justice. From the … [Read more...]

A National Park for every season – What’s your favorite?

The natural elements shape our experiences in the National Parks, revealing characteristics that seem to emerge only with the changing seasons. Visitors crowd into Parks across the country during the summer months taking advantage of the long days … [Read more...]

Waiting out the crowds at Grandview Point…

July is a great time to visit Grand Canyon National Park if you're looking for those stunning and dramatic Summer storms rolling over the immense canyon.  However, July is probably the worst time to visit if you want to avoid crowds. My wife and I … [Read more...]

North Rim, Grand Canyon NP

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