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.