Over a period of ten years I went on seven road trips focusing on North America’s National Parks. I visited 23 National Parks a total of 38 times. When I first arrived at Yellowstone I was merely a novice hiker, but after logging more than 400 trail miles I became a seasoned hiker with a collection of experiences that could fill a book. So, I wrote a book. The Adventures of a Day Hiker: An Exploration of America’s National Parks chronicles much of my time spent within ten National Parks, the Canadian Rockies, and the idyllic Havasu Canyon.


Ever since my first trip out west I have been very passionate about America’s National Parks. I am not able to travel to them right now (I’m waiting for my kids to get a little older), so instead I read and write about the parks.

I have shared several National Park lists on my blog; including my Top 10 Parks, Top 10 Long National Park Hikes, and Top 10 Short National Park Hikes. I have posted a Travel Bucket List, a list of Ten Places You Should Visit Before You Die, and even a list of my favorite “Outdoorsy” Books. I also post a lot of landscape photos (mostly from my past trips out west).

Sometimes I give opinions about outdoorsy things and National Parks. I’ve posted some “guides” that recommend things to see and do at different parks like Yellowstone and Zion. I have also written about what I think is wrong with the National Parks and why they are no longer my greatest passion. I’m certainly no National Parks or hiking expert, but I do try to share my knowledge and give recommendations. I’ve even include some hiking tips, my thoughts on driving vs. flying, the most scenic drives in North America, and the pros and cons of solo hiking.

I have also shared several stories from my book on this blog. I try to vividly describe the places I’ve been and the trails I’ve hiked. That’s the way I wrote my book and also the way I try to write here. I want you to be able to feel like you’re right there with me on the hikes. I focus on what the places looked like, but also try to give you an idea of how they made me feel.

Who knows, maybe I can actually inspire you to visit a National Park and hike a trail I’ve hiked or admire a scenic vista that I described. Readers responding by following in my footsteps is the greatest compliment I have received. I have received that “compliment” at least a few times already and have greatly enjoyed interacting with other travel bloggers, so I think I’ll continue this blogging thing for a while.

I think that should give you a pretty good idea of what my blog is about (and a whole lot of links to some of my blog posts). I hope you enjoy it.


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  1. Thank you for sharing all your National Parks adventures and thank you for stopping by my blog. I will be browsing more on your blog about the Canadian Rockies since we are heading there this summer.

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      1. Do you have any hiking recommendations for Glacier NP? I read that the Many Glaciers area hikes are the best. I’m looking for a couple moderate hikes. Do you also have recommendations for lodging in the area that’s closer to the hikes? It is hard to find this late for August. Thanks.


      2. Sure I have recommendations. Glacier is probably my favorite National Park, and that’s largely because of the amazing hiking there. The Grinnell Glacier hike in Many Glacier is one of my all-time faves. that’s kind of difficult, but can be shortened by a boat ride. The Highline Trail is a great one at Logan Pass. It can be 15 miles, but you can just hike as far as you like and turn back. It’s mostly level and easy. Hidden Lake is another great one. You can turn back at the overlook like most people or keep going to the lakeshore, which makes it twice as hard. Siyeh Pass is another hike I loved there, it’s also the most strenuous hike I’ve done there. I’ve heard Iceberg Lake is awesome, but it’s been closed due to bears when I was there. I somehow haven’t hiked to Avalanche Lake either, which is pretty easy.
        As far as lodging goes, I bet it would be hard to get a place in the parks at this point, but it’s worth a try. I camped outside the park once (I think the place was called Johnson’s Campground) in St. Mary. Also stayed in some tiny motel in Babb one time (only 8 or 9 rooms). Check for snow levels. If you aren’t going until mid-July or later you’ll probably be in the clear, otherwise there might be some areas with lingering snow.

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