The Alberta Story

So, in February 2015 the company that I was working for was bought by a bigger company, and by May, I was laid off. Don’t fret! I has been looking forward to that day for quite some time and immediately set into motion plans I had made for the road trip to end all roads…

Goosenecks State Park and Valley of the Gods, UT

I spent a single gusty, dusty night in Goosnecks State Park. My tent shook all night long like it was Tina Turner’s fringed skirt. I woke up through the night with dust in my eyes,  sand crunching between my teeth, a gritty sheen of Utah shellacked on my skin. But, man, was it pretty! Goosenecks is surrounded…

Chaco Canyon National Historical Park

Chaco Canyon was an amazing place to be. More ruins than you can imagine, and if you hike the Peublo Alto trail, you can see almost all of the ruins from the top of the Mesa. Pueblo Bonito was the largest of the great houses and the center of the Chacoan world. It was lived in from…

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde. What can I say? That we have the opportunity to stand in a home built by Ancestral Pueblo people built in the mid-1100’s and look down the same canyon is…I don’t have the words. What’s the world that encompasses wonder, curiosity, admiration, humility, reflection, joy, stillness, connection, respect and energy? What word do…

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison is impressive. There is just something about canyons. By this point in my trip – about 3 months in – I had seen a few. Black Canyon of the Gunnison is a straight up stunner. “…no other canyon in North America combines the depth, narrowness, sheerness and somber countenance of…

Canyonlands National Park

For my first foray into Canyonlands I landed on the area aptly named Island in the Sky; a mesa surrounded by canyons on the northeast side of the park, near Arches and Moab. It was gusty the day I arrived. Blustery. Having had this landscape on my mind since the beginning of the trip, I immediately sought…

Great Basin National Park

In one loooooong haul,I drove from Tahoe to Great Basin, all the way across northern Nevada. I was looking forward to setting up camp, cooking some dinner, drinking a beer and readying a book. Little did I know that all 5 campgrounds were full. The Great Basin Astronomy Festival was in full effect. Awesome for the…

Grand Tetons National Park and the 19 Mile Hike

I was half way through my book, hunkered down in the tent to get out of the rain. Lightening and an immediate boom of thunder made me glad I chose to postpone my hike until the next day. It was a 19 mile hike. 19 miles in the rain sounded like…the opposite of fun and more like…

Glacier National Park

The fire on the east side of Glacier, east of Logan pass and both north and south of the Going to the Sun Road, had restricted access to much of the park. All those folks were pushed into the western half of Glacier. I was lucky and got a campsite by showing up to claim…

Waterton Lakes National Park

Last stop in Canada for this trip: Waterton Lakes National Park. As I was checking into the Crandell Campground for 4 nights, the ranger warned me that a bear had just been seen walking down the main road into the camp. I was to keep a bare campsite. I had no problem with that. I…

Canada killed the tent

After all the rain in Yoho and Jasper, I decided that a little sunshine was in order. I booked 4 nights at Dinosaur Provincial Park to dry out, soak up some desert heat and explore the badlands. The first night was picture perfect: clear and starry skies, cool desert temperatures and a spectacular sunset. The…

Banff, Yoho and Jasper

It’s been two weeks of the Canadian Rockies, but it does not seem that long. There has been a lot of weather to contend with; high temps, rain, snow and freezing temps. It’s July, right? I spent one night at the Waterfowl Campsite off the Icefield Parkway in two pairs of socks, sweats, shorts, a…