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”

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”

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”

On Safari for Tanzania’s Big 5

So after climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, I joined my fellow hikers on a five-day safari around Tanzania. We’d traveled so far and worked so hard, that we deserved a little relaxing post-mountain fun. We visited three of the country’s national parks in the northern circuit: Tarangire, Ngorongnoro Crater, and Lake Manyara. Traveling by safari truck, weContinue reading “On Safari for Tanzania’s Big 5”

Strong, slow, and steady: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

As the sun warmed our backs, its orange-red glow illuminated our path. Gravel, scree, and boulders were all we could see. From the soles of our dust-covered hiking boots to the white-wispy clouds in the sky, it never ended. We never gave up. The highest point on the African continent, Mt. Kilimanjaro is one ofContinue reading “Strong, slow, and steady: Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro”

Make it a historic summer weekend in Astoria, Oregon

“Let’s escape the heat and head to the coast this weekend,” says everyone this summer as we enter another week of 90+ degree weather. And while I agree that the cool sea breezes feel wonderful, I don’t like to share the beach with the crowds and arcades. So a few weeks ago, I had theContinue reading “Make it a historic summer weekend in Astoria, Oregon”

Mountain Biking the Wilson River Trail

Flying around a corner, the lush coastal forest trees a blur in my peripheral vision, I locked onto the trail dipping below the horizon. I gripped the handle-bars; white-knuckles. I kicked the pedals into gear. I found my balance. I grinned wide, even with the threat of trapping bugs. And then I sailed away, downContinue reading “Mountain Biking the Wilson River Trail”

Bayocean Peninsula Beach Camping

There aren’t many places on the Oregon Coast that you can backpack, but leave it to my boyfriend to find one. Located just an hour and a half drive from Portland, Bayocean Peninsula is a quiet and serene stretch of sand that jets seven miles north of Cape Meres near Tillamook on the north coast.Continue reading “Bayocean Peninsula Beach Camping”

Lake Agnes Hike

What do you get when you combine freezing temps, blue skies, silky white snow, and alpine lakes in the Canadian Rockies? A fantastic and rejuvenating day of hiking. Starting out at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, we grabbed a cup of hot coffee to watch the sun rise over the frozen lake and illuminate the surroundingContinue reading “Lake Agnes Hike”