Injured on The John Muir Trail

The John Muir Trail is a premier hiking trail that attracts thousands of hikers each year. Running 216 miles through the pristine Sierra Nevada Mountains, it begins in Yosemite Valley and ends at Mt. Whitney. This was our attempt at completing the trail.

The California Coast

From San Diego to Los Angeles to Big Sur, the California Coast is a magical place. We visited friends in the two big cities of Southern California before roadtripping up the Pacific Coast Highway.

Below the Rim of the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is my favorite place on Earth. This was yet another journey into the heart of the Canyon. Beginning at Hermit’s Rest, Glenna and I descended below the rim to the Tonto Trail. We hiked the little traveled trail before ascending out of the canyon once again on the Bright Angel Trail.

The Narrows Top Down

The Narrows are world famous and for good reason. Sandstone walls tower up to 1,300 feet above, while the river below narrows to less than 30 feet. Hiking from Chamberlain’s Ranch to the entrance to Zion Valley, we complete the full 17 miles Top-Down.

Peace of Mind in Zion

Zion is one of our country’s finest National Parks. Beauty is omnipresent within the park boundaries. Whether it’s the glow of the towering sandstone cliffs in the late evening light, or the lush green of the vast valley in between, or the symphony of the rushing Virgin river.

The Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon National Park is a fairytale place where strange rock formations called hoodoos litter the land. We stayed for 3 days, enjoying some great trails that wind around this otherworldly place.

Peek A Boo & Spooky Slot Canyons

Wedged between steep walls, my backpack scraped with every turn. Pieces of sand lightly skittered down the sandstone walls and fell to the ground, joining millions of particles that had preceded. My every movement contributed to the erosion that had been going on here long before I entered.

The Desert Oasis of Capitol Reef

The least visited of the Mighty Five National Parks in Utah, Capitol Reef is mostly overlooked. Nearly everyone flies by, racing down I-70 towards the stunning hoodoos of Bryce Canyon and the traffic jams in Zion. In doing so, we’ve all missed out on a true desert oasis. I was determined see if Capitol Reef could hold its own against Utah’s other great parks.

Aspen Area & The Black Canyon

After our successful 14er attempts, we headed West to Aspen where we spent a rainy morning watching the latest Game of Thrones episode in a coffee shop. When the rain had somewhat subsided, we drove into the Maroons Bells Wilderness, strapped on the backpacks, and headed up the trail with plans to complete the famous… Read more »

Spring Fourteeners

With our time in Colorado fast coming to an end, Glenna and I decided we better get out and explore the state before leaving. We had so far put off any foray into the mountains because of the heavy amounts of snow the late Spring had brought. With an extended weekend for Memorial Day, we… Read more »