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.

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.

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    Isla Mujeres: The Island of Women

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    To get a better feel for the “real” Mexico, we decided to go off the beaten path. My parents rented a small house on the small island of Isla Mujeres, about a 30 minute ferry ride Northeast of Cancun.

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    Wilderness Ethics Trip #1: The Pacific Northwest

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    This was my first visit to the Pacific Northwest. As a kid I had been as far as Arizona a few times, but never farther West of there. This trip was arranged through the University of Dubuque, the college that I began attending in the Fall of 2009. My professor, Dale Easley, was the mastermind behind it and it took very little persuasion to get me to come along.