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...]

Aztec Butte in Canyonlands National Park

With only a half day to explore the Island of the Sky District at Canyonlands National Park, I opted to check out a few of the shorter day hiking opportunities, including the hike to Aztec Butte. The Aztec Butte trailhead is located on the road to … [Read more...]

Teakettle Junction – The Crossroads

  The sturdy truck rolled to a stop, dragging with it a cloud of dust and the last crunch of rock under our tires.  Sliding out of the cab and stretching, I walked around the faithful rig as the dust settled again on the old road.  The three … [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...]

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...]

A Lake Crescent Morning

With a last minute whim, I would jump on the bus with my bicycle and head to a popular summer day hiking destination on the northern border of the Olympic National Park. Having the bus drop me off on the north side of the Lake Crescent, just off … [Read more...]

Long Hikes

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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...]