A Look Back at 2020: Adventures During a Pandemic

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a hell of a year. Looking back on the last 12 months, I feel like it’s all a fog – a blurry merge of months, virtual meetings and happy hours, walks past the same houses, and long, lonely days spent indoors. And unfortunately, the hopeContinue reading “A Look Back at 2020: Adventures During a Pandemic”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Walking on the Roof of Zion: Angel’s Landing Hike

Standing on the top of narrow spin of rock in the middle of the Zion Canyon, I watched the sun rise over the eastern hills as it illuminated the red rocks and river below. It was one of those moments. Perfect. Peaceful. Still. The day after running the Zion Half Marathon, I ventured deeper intoContinue reading “Walking on the Roof of Zion: Angel’s Landing Hike”

Hiking My First 14er: Mt. Evans via Sawtooth Ridge

Following a bubbling spring, we scrambled and bouldered down loose rocks and past big horned sheep on cliff faces to the valley floor. From the base, I looked up from where we came and out to where we had yet to go. It looked daunting. My legs were tired from hiking all weekend and runningContinue reading “Hiking My First 14er: Mt. Evans via Sawtooth Ridge”

Painted Hills of Oregon

One of the Seven Wonders of Oregon, the Painted Hills in eastern Oregon near the John Day Fossil beds are ablaze with fall colors year round. While its quiet a drive to this scenic wayside from Portland, I can’t recommend it enough. Put on your Indian Jones hat and make a wild west day of it!

Ski Park City Part 3: Park City Resort

Formerly mined for silver, Park City Mountain Resort (PCMR) today is rich with energy and snow-fans of all ages looking to have a good time. And with a great mix of slope styles, it’s not hard to do. Early miners wear the first to hit the trails around present day PCMR in the 1880s. TheyContinue reading “Ski Park City Part 3: Park City Resort”