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.

  • Canyons & Deserts, Hiking & Backpacking, National Parks

    A Lively Experience in Death Valley

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    With a start date to my new job still a week and a half away, I decided to take advantage of my free time and head out on another little adventure. All alone, I packed up the Dew Mobile and drove 6 1/2 hours to Death Valley National Park, in California. It was a wonderful drive, US 93 in Arizona takes you through valleys full of soap tree yuccas and its more famous relative- the Joshua Tree.

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    Backpacking In January??? You Betcha!

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    While I waited to start my job with Aramark, I decided what better time to do a little journey into the local wilderness. The Wilderness area is huge, 160,000 acres, and trails criss-cross the mountain range.

  • Road Trips

    The Move Out West: AZ or Bust

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    I find moving to always be a weird mix of emotions. This is definitely amplified when you are moving 2,000 miles away. This is what my best friend, TUBS, and I just underwent. Accompanied by my dad, we took five days to make the journey from Wisconsin to our new home in the Southwest.

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    A Reflection of the Conservation Corps

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    Notoriously unlucky, Friday the 13th is coming up. On this day, my 10 month term with the Conservation Corps of Iowa will also come to an end. While my future career-wise is currently up in the air, I have nothing but good vibes, despite the odd coincidence. Overall, the Conservation Corps has been a great… Read more »

  • Sports

    26.2 in Des Moines

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    The marathon is more than just a run. It is a challenge: a test of endurance, physically, but far more important and vital, mentally. It is 26.2 grueling miles of pavement between the start and the finish, and as one person’s sign so aptly read, “The person who starts the race is not the same who… Read more »

  • Cities

    Hollerin’ & Swallerin’ in Music City

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    After a long week of backbreaking work putting in a motocross trail out in Fort Dodge, IA, I was in much need of a week long break. It just so happened that this same week my parents were on vacation in Nashville, so we decided it would be fun to have another family vacation together.

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    A Visit to the Valley of the Sun

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    I headed to Phoenix, Arizona this past week under the pretext that I would watch my Uncle Steve’s house for the week while he was in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Of course, it was more just of a vacation of my own! After a connecting plane to Minneapolis, I jetted down to Sky Harbor International and by 11:30 was greeted by my dad at Steve’s house! He was staying for the first few days as well.

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    Mountain Mania: Two Weeks in the Rockies

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    Another summer, another vacation with my good buddy TUBS. I built up some major comp time due to all the traveling I’ve been doing with work lately, and my reward was two full weeks off. What better way to spend it than drive out to Colorado and do some backpacking up in the mountains!