Winter Waterfall Hike: Nick Eaton Falls

With many trails still closed due to the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, it has been tough to find good day hikes in the Columbia Gorge. However, it has forced me to explore some areas I’ve never ventured and revisit old trails to travel a different direction. Today was the latter. Returning to the Herman CreekContinue reading “Winter Waterfall Hike: Nick Eaton Falls”

Kayaking into the Silent Wilderness of Patagonia

It’s hard to imagine – and even harder to describe – a place like Bernardo O’Higgins National Park. I’ve started and stopped this blog post about fifteen times in two days, trying to find the right words.  It is true undeveloped, wildly remote, vast wilderness. Covering an area of over 8.7 million acres (that’s biggerContinue reading “Kayaking into the Silent Wilderness of Patagonia”

4 Hikes to Celebrate Spring in Utah

Say so long to the snow boots, sweaters, and scarves because spring has sprung across Utah. While the ski bums may be sobbing as they watch the snow  melting, for the rest of us, it signals a new season and new sport – it’s hiking season! To warm up your legs hit one or moreContinue reading “4 Hikes to Celebrate Spring in Utah”

Riding “The Wave” at Valley of Fire State Park

The desert can be a deadly and desolate place. However, in the heat and extreme landscape comes surprising beauty. In Nevada’s first state park, the Valley of Fire, rugged formations of bright red Aztec sandstone jut out of the earth; some with rough edges from thousands of years of erosion from the power of theContinue reading “Riding “The Wave” at Valley of Fire State Park”

Experiencing the Power of Nature on the Red Castle Lake Trail

As a spider web of lightening illuminated the green and gray rain-fly of our Nemo tent and the rain soaked the ground, my chest tightened in panic. I hope we don’t end up like those 300 dead reindeer in Norway, I thought. The rain continued to fall from the angry sky; the water creeping closerContinue reading “Experiencing the Power of Nature on the Red Castle Lake Trail”

Canyoning in Sulfur Creek

Water is the lifeline of the desert. It brings vitality to dry earth, allows plants to sprout, and animals to flourish; even when temperatures reach well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. As a hiker (and a north-westerner through and through), I also love water for it’s beauty, refreshing spray, and fun trails. So while visiting CapitolContinue reading “Canyoning in Sulfur Creek”

Dark Skies, Bright Stars: Utah’s National Park’s After Dark

As the campers quiet down and crawl into their sleeping bags, as sizzling fires are snuffed out, and as the crickets start their nightly song, the night’s sky awakens and rolls out a beautiful show of stars. In Utah’s National Parks, the nights are even darker and the show more stunning. From Bryce Canyon to CapitalContinue reading “Dark Skies, Bright Stars: Utah’s National Park’s After Dark”

White Trail, White Peaks, Blanche Lake

After a long winter of skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, my legs needed to stretch – to hit the trail, to tread softly through the trees, to explore. While winter’s white hadn’t quite released its grasp at the higher levels, Lake Blanche proved its name in beauty and color. Located in the center of the TwinContinue reading “White Trail, White Peaks, Blanche Lake”

A Winter Waterfall Walk to Donut Falls

It’s never too snowy to check out a waterfall – and when it’s 60 degrees and sunny in Salt Lake City, it’s hiking time. While sipping a cup of coffee, I starred out the window of my new duplex apartment at the Wasatch Mountains topped with white peaks and blue skies.Winter surprised me in December whenContinue reading “A Winter Waterfall Walk to Donut Falls”