March 29, 2017

Destinations

At Muir Woods National Monument

Ghosts and Giants in Muir Woods National Monument

In Muir Woods National Monument, with its towering coastal redwoods as monuments to the conservation movement, I stood among ghosts and giants.

 
Reef Bay, St. John

Hiking the Reef Bay Trail in Virgin Islands National Park

A great way to get familiar with the landscape, flora, and fauna of U.S. national parks is to take a guided hike or walk offered through the National Park Service (NPS).

 
Yosemite National Park in California

Celebrating Small Successes in Yosemite National Park

It’s taken over a year to really sink in: I’ve backpacked Yosemite National Park. Thousands–maybe millions–of people have already accomplished that feat, so what makes the fact that I’ve done it so special?

 
On the approach to Yellowstone National Park

5 Favorite Memories of Yellowstone National Park

Although I was only passing through Yellowstone on my very first cross-country road trip and stayed in the park for a little less than 24 hours, some of my memories of the experience still remain as fresh and as sharp as they did in the moment.

 
A handful of horses graze in the shadow of Devils Tower National Monument in eastern Wyoming.

Discovering Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming

It’s a loose analogy but I think it works: if northeastern Wyoming is like a set of washboard abs, then Devils Tower National Monument is like an outie bellybutton.

 
View of Vermont's green mountains from Manchester

In and Around Manchester, Vermont: 4 (More) Things to Love

One of the things I miss most about living on the East Coast is escaping to Manchester, Vermont for a long holiday weekend.

 
The Olympic Mountains viewed from Bremerton

The Best of Bremerton, Washington

Despite not being often considered as a tourist destination, Bremerton is definitely worth exploring for a few hours or half a day if you’re visiting Seattle or the Puget Sound area.