I never thought I would find myself on an Alaska cruise. Something about being stuck on a gigantic ship with thousands of other people never appealed to me. Who wants to travel like that? Well, after starting my job as a travel agent with AAA I quickly learned the cruise industry is a big deal…. Read more »
Vancouver is an incredible city. Glassy, modern skyscrapers dominate its dense downtown, yet the many distinct neighborhoods retain their charm. Surrounded by water, you are never too far away from a salty breeze or a nice stretch of beach. Vancouver also boasts the largest urban park in North America, giving it a wonderful outdoorsy feel…. Read more »
A drizzling light rain causes ripples in this otherwise calm bay, as droplets cascade from the sky. Icebergs the size of cars float past as we pick our way through a minefield of broken ice. A curious harbor seal emerges just feet away, exhaling a hot, heavy breath we can almost feel. Just ahead, a… Read more »
Leaving the redwoods and the coastal fog of California behind, we headed north into the great state of Oregon. One of the most geographically diverse states in the country, Oregon boasts Pacific coastline, volcanoes, large lakes, dense forests, and high deserts as well as some great cities. Any visitor will find it easy to fill… Read more »
As much as we loved San Francisco, our wallets couldn’t handle any longer so we headed north out to the countryside. Muir Woods National Monument provided a great place to stretch our legs and walk some trails underneath the massive giants that call this part of California home. Just as nice was a visit to Point Reyes… Read more »
After the John Muir Trail, we spent a day kayaking in Mammoth and that night literally chasing a bear off the hood of my car! Here’s the picture to prove it: Then we headed over to the great City by the Bay. We spent four days running up and down the steep hills of San… Read more »
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Canyons & Deserts, Hiking & Backpacking, National Parks
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.
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.
Canyons & Deserts, Hiking & Backpacking, National Parks
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.
Hiking & Backpacking, National Parks, Peaks & Mountains
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 »
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 »
Colorado is absolutely loaded when it comes to winter fun. From downhill skiing at world-famous resorts like Aspen, Vail, & Breckenridge, to dog sledding, snowmobiling, and everything in between. It is a true winter wonderland! One of my favorite winter activities has always been nordic skiing. There is no shortage of places for nordic skiing… Read more »
The little town of Moab has a surprisingly long and interesting history. Since its settlement in 1878, the town has often been at the center of conflicting interests and played a part in many of America’s pivotal moments. Even its name, which refers to a Biblical location in present day Jordan, was petitioned several times… Read more »
Forty years ago, Cancún was an untouched spit of land off the coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Land that now supports high-end resorts and the nightlife of the world-famous Hotel Zone was nothing but marsh, jungle, and untouched sand. A total of 3 people lived in the area, caretakers of a coconut plantation. Almost uninhabited,… Read more »
We waved goodbye to the Matterhorn, and boarded a train out of the Zermatt valley. Switching trains twice along the way, we drank wine and read as the beautiful countryside of Switzerland whizzed by. I reflected on the grandeur of our hike and wished it was not yet over. If only our pocketbooks could have… Read more »