Voyage of the Glaciers- A First Time Alaska Cruise

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 »

48 Hours in Vancouver

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 »

Kayaking in Kenai Fjords National Park

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 »

The Perfect Week in Oregon

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 »

Sonoma County and Redwoods National Park

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 »

8 Unique San Francisco Experiences

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 »

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.

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    Tour de California

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    For the 4th year in a row, TUBS and I set off on a cross-country road trip. This time we spent the majority of our time in California. We climbed the highest peak in the lower 48 (Mt. Whitney at 14,505 feet) […]

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    Mt Whitney: A Summit Post

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    An 8 hour drive from Scottsdale, Lone Pine, California is the gateway to Mt. Whitney. My buddy TUBS and I started out on a Sunday after work and drove late into the night, eventually pulling off Highway 395 about an hour south of town. After a night in the car, we worked up the next… Read more »

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    Viva Las Vegas

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    It was a bit of a Geiger reunion in Sin City. My Grandma and Aunt Lisa flew in via Milwaukee while my Uncle Steve drove down from St. George, Utah. Not wanting to miss the action, I decided to drive up and join them… who can say no to Vegas!

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    Getting Wild In San Diego

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    San Diego: the birthplace of California and currently the state’s second largest city. Only a 5 hour drive from Phoenix, it was time for me to visit “America’s Finest City”. TUBS and I packed up the Dew Mobile and made the drive out after work for a little getaway.

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    Rim-Rim-Rim- Round #2

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    Hiking across the Grand Canyon is a demanding feat. Doing it twice in four days: insane.Yet, that’s exactly what my friend Andrea and I did last week. It was the second time I had completed the Rim-Rim-Rim […]

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    Lake Powell in a Flash

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    Work as a reservations agent requires either being very knowledgeable about specifics of a location, or very good at pretending. On a daily basis I answer questions and talk with guests who […]

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    Havasu Falls

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    High on my bucket list for some time has been Havasu Falls. The famous turquoise waterfalls are plastered all over postcards, travel magazines, and Arizona guidebooks. It is one of the most photographed […]

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    A Weekend in Joshua Tree

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    On a spur, I decided to head out to Joshua Tree National Park last weekend. I made the drive after work and pulled into the park a little after 10PM. For being so close to a major metropolis, the park retained […]

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    Phoenix Hikes: McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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    Over the weekend, I headed up to the McDowell Mountains Sonoran Preserve. The McDowell Mountains are a beautiful mountain range covered in the typical vegetation of the Sonoran Desert […]

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    Phoenix Hikes: A South Mountain Traverse

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    Itching to get out of the office, a co-worker and I decided to get outside and go for a nice long hike this past weekend. We headed to South Mountain Park & Preserve, a short drive from downtown Phoenix […]