March 29, 2017

national parks

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.

Hiking Half Dome in Yosemite National Park

Highs and Lows of Hiking Half Dome

Hiking Half Dome isn’t for the faint of heart but it’s a trail you’ve got to try when visiting Yosemite National Park.

A view of the northeastern coast of Santa Cruz Island

Channeling My Inner Explorer on Santa Cruz Island

Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Grand Canyon. Yosemite. Yellowstone. Rocky Mountain. Olympic. Zion. Grand Teton. Acadia. These are only a few of the crown jewels of the United States’ National Park Service. They are among the most well-known, well-loved, and well-visited of the parks, their names alone conjuring visions of vast unspoiled natural beauty and their splendor transcending geographical borders…. [Keep reading…]