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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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
“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”
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”
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”
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”
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”
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!
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”
Perfectly groomed, limited skiers per day, and an amazing variety of runs, Deer Valley in Park City, Utah is a ski bum or bunny’s winter haven. Plus it’s ski only! Sorry snowboarders. From Rosebud to Know you Don’t, Deer Valley Resort features runs for every skier ability and beautiful, scenic trails that weave in andContinue reading “Ski Park City Part 2: Deer Valley Resort”
Turn by turn, I gained confidence as I skied down my first run in the Wasatch Mountains at Canyons Resort. Packed and groomed, the snow carved perfectly under my skis as I picked up speed. Gliding down the runs, I couldn’t take the smile off my face as we darted around the extensive mountain. AndContinue reading “Ski Park City Part 1: Canyons Resort”
A 48-mile mountain pass through Rocky Mountain National Park, Trail Ridge Road is as scenic as it is high. Weaving above treeline for eleven miles and through vast tundra, the road seems like it is paved into the sky like the final scene of Grease. Big sweeping curves give way to views of the RockyContinue reading “Driving the Pass into the Sky: Trail Ridge Road”
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