Our family set off on a fourteen-day trip in late September to explore Iceland and the Faroe Islands. These are our adventures.Read More
It all began here. There are days I am overwhelmed with emotion from the experiences I've been fortunate enough to have. To connect with my kids, Sue, my nieces and nephews, sisters and mom, and all the friends I've made over the years solely based around helping folks get outside.
So many places yet to explore, but I am beyond grateful for the experiences and moments we've shared.Read More
Six days exploring Olympic National Park - and we saw seventeen people - one of which was on a bicycle, so we really say sixteen-and-a-half. In other words, we had the place to ourselves. Brilliant greens, crashing waves you can feel in your feet, and the Elwha River running free.Read More
Spring can be such an emotional time of year. Most days are chock-full of excitement watching everything come back to life. Around mid-March I find myself keeping an eye on the willow trees - they always get leaves first. Skunk cabbage creeps out almost overnight, and peepers start chanting to remind us summer is right around the corner.Read More
As we were leaving Florida yesterday, we made a last minute decision to spend our final night on the beach instead of going to Mammoth Caves National Park in Kentucky. Having dipped a toe in the Pacific Ocean and Gulf of Mexico on this month-long adventure, we wanted to add the Atlantic to our list.Read More
Between seasonal closures, wildfires and weather, a road trip of this size is an adventure all its own. Our plans to explore Death Valley got nixed on October 18th, when they saw 2.7" of rain fall, washing out roads. Besides a small weather delay before our trip in the Tetons, we'd been very fortunate. Zion was no different. Three days before we arrived, the park saw .62" of rain. We were hoping it'd settle down a bit by the time we arrived, and it did.Read More
Yosemite is beautiful... almost as if you're wondering around in a magnificent painting that took a lifetime to create... only it's interactive, with an elk over there, a climber scaling a cliff up there, and oh! Look! A coyote passing through right there!Read More
There’s a reason this 6-mile, single-lane dirt road, twisting and winding through towering redwoods, made us feel like we were in Jurassic Park. It was filmed here! Sopping wet tents from camping on the Pacific Coast after chasing waves all night - check!Read More
A few interesting facts we learned about Crater Lake: It's isolated from surrounding streams and rivers, thus there is no inlet or outlet to the lake. It's 1,943 feet deep, which makes it the deepest lake in the United States, and the ninth deepest lake in the world!Read More
When we got back to civilization, my daughter Lily (11 years old) was asked while we stood in line for a big victory dinner, "why would you do that?" to which she replied with a big smile, saying almost matter-of-factly, "My mom wants us to know we can accomplish something."
Catch a sunrise on a lake in the Tetons - check.Read More
We made it to southwestern South Dakota and our first National Park! Badlands is 244,000 acres of bizarre terrain that includes sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles and spires surrounded by a mixed-grass prairie ecosystem. Complete with prairie dogs singing and wasps stinging, our day was full!Read More
We're blazin' a trail across the US! Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois. By the time we crossed the border into Iowa we were in dire need of a good breakfast and a break from non-stop driving.Read More
Backpacks - check. Sleeping pads, bags, tents - check. Check. Check. We're all packed up and ready to go. Two pre-teens, one teenager, two "adults" and thirty-one days on the road traveling the US. Our plan is to explore, at very least, 10 National Parks. Keeping in mind wildfires and weather this time of year, our itinerary is flexible. We've mapped out adventures in 24 different Parks for the "just in case" scenario. (Which, I'll tell you, has made us fall in love with each and every one of them!) For the most part, as long as we're heading in the direction to soak up some adventure in the great outdoors, we're pretty happy.Read More
Meet Cole and his Uncle Joe. They walked through the door at Allegheny Outfitters (canoe and kayak) rental facility last Friday and asked if we offered vehicle shuttles for folks that have their own boats. At first we thought they were looking for a quick day trip on the Allegheny River, but then little Cole started telling us about their adventure...Read More