South Dakota’s Black Elk Peak: My First Mountain Adventure

VIew from Black Elk Peak
The first thing I learned at Black Elk Peak was to never wear the wrong socks to a mountain hike. Its worse than bringing a knife to a gunfight. It's like bringing a toy sword to a gunfight. Inappropriate and painful.

Death Valley Misconceptions

Zabriskie Point Death Valley
The words “Death Valley” used to create in my mind images of barren land littered with nothing but a few cow skulls. While the area does have spots where you see little more than dry earth cracked from the scorching sun, that isn’t even...

Family Adventure at Carlsbad Caverns National Park

carlsbad caverns national park
What's more entertaining than having your 10-year-old daughter say she wants to "kick your ass"? How about having your 10-year-old daughter tell you this as you hike your way out of a cave deep in the mountains of southern New Mexico? Join us for...

Caves and Caverns of the Southeastern United States

These three sites--Russell Cave, Ruby Falls, and Mammoth Cave--represent a range of karst landscapes that played varying historic roles in the southeastern United States. There's Russell Cave, which provided shelter to people for millennia; Ruby Falls, excavated only in the 20th century and opened as a tourist site, now renowned for its stunning formations and underground waterfall; and of course the incomparable Mammoth Cave, with its seemingly endless trails.

Hiking the Golden Hour – Exploring the Savage River of Denali

Golden Hour - Savage River Denali Alaska
Officially, Denali National Park claims to have no trails in the wilderness. There are official, marked trails in some places, notably the park entrance and Eielson, but when asked, Rangers will never mention other trails. But there is a trail beside the Savage. It begins about half a mile south of the camp, when an unmissable bluff rises on the west side of the river. It’s a flat, smooth game trail which continues up to the point where the river enters the mountains.

Hiking the Exit Glacier and the Harding Ice Field

exit glacier alaska
When we saw a few small shelters and signs, we knew we had reached the end of the trail. This was the observation point for the Ice Field. The view from this area was… other-worldly. The way the pure ice and snow stretched out before us. Three hundred square miles of ice. That’s about a quarter of the size of Rhode Island, and we stood there in awe of this. Formations like this once covered much of North America.

Road Trip Planning – The simple art of planning the perfect road trip

Road Trip Planning Tips
Applying a little management theory to ensure the success and desired outcomes of your perfect road trip. Simple and concise tools to help you with road trip planning.

Explore the Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve

The Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve
The Timucuan Ecological and Historical Preserve is the crowning jewel of old Florida. Located in the backyard of Jacksonville, Florida it is famous for its unique mission of protecting not only the salt marshes and unique ecology of coastal Florida but also preserving the local historical and cultural sites.