Hiking the John Muir Trail: 18 Days of Blisters and Bliss

Alison and I finished an amazing and exhausting trek along the John Muir Trail. We covered over 230 miles from Yosemite National Park to the summit of Mt. Whitney (the highest point in the continental USA) and then down to the Whitney Portal Trailhead. You can read more about the John Muir Trail (JMT for […]

Glacier National Park

We spent two days exploring Glacier National Park. As we are traveling with our children…I mean….dogs (duke and spike!)….we didn’t go on any major hikes since we needed to stay with them and dogs aren’t allowed on trails in National Parks. However, we lucked out in that the weather was overcast and chilly the second […]

The Dakotas: Sioux Falls, Badlands, Wind Cave NP, Crazy Horse, Mt Rushmore, TR NP and More!

We were sad to leave Minnesota after almost three weeks of relaxation at Alison’s family cabin in lake country and our Boundary Waters Canoe Area adventure. However, we were also excited to start the journey our west and see some more national parks! Our journey took us through South and North Dakota en route to Glacier National […]


Asheville, North Carolina is a town that always seems to make the “best places to live” lists in Outside Magazine or the like.  I’ve met a handful of people who have gone to school there, lived there, or traveled through and always rave about this little outdoor-hippy-progressive-southern infused-beautiful town.  Luckily our friends Kristy and Seth […]

Yosemite High Country – June 9 to 12, 2014

We just couldn’t get enough of Yosemite. Especially with my little episode during our backpacking adventure, both of us wanted to return and see what we had missed. The park is massive and during our last trip we really only saw the Yosemite Valley area, Mariposa Grove and the Yosemite West landscapes near the road. […]

Southern and Eastern Sierra’s from Sequoia NP to Mt. Whitney Portal

We were amazed with the beauty and unique scenery that the southern and eastern sides of the Sierra Nevada range offered. Our original plan was to head south and east from Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks. This would send us through Las Vegas and onward to the Grand Canyon, and the National Parks of […]