Scotts Bluff National Monument, Nebraska

Before the midwest became known as the “flyover states”, it was known as the territory you had to travel through to go west. Wagon train upon wagon train traveled through this vast land at 10 to 20 miles a day as they attempted to find their family’s fortune¬†during the “Great Emigration.” They traveled using trails […]

Visiting the Vast Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota

2016 is an important year for the National Park Service marking their 100th birthday. National Parks truly were America’s “best idea” and I urge you to get out and visit as many as you can, including those that are off the beaten path. This past summer we did just that when we had the opportunity […]

Sunrise at Big Bear Lake Trailhead, Rocky Mountains NP Colorado

Crowded beyond belief from mid morning onward, the Big Bear Lake Trailhead is one that you get up early to access. Quite a few popular trails begin there. You’ll be almost alone on your way up, and pass a million people on your way down. I promise you’ll be thanking me for getting you up […]

Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado

The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are easily my favorite mountains in the United States, and have been since I was little. I’ve stayed in them in both New Mexico and Colorado, but I’d never traveled to Great Sand Dunes National Park which comes up against the range. The sand dunes here are different than the […]

Staying in the Sheep Mountain Fire Lookout in Bighorn National Forest, WY : A Trip Report

You begin the trek to Sheep Mountain Fire Lookout with your car¬†climbing through the trees of Bighorn National Forest in north central Wyoming. The drive is beautiful but slow as you gain in elevation. It is a good thing to go slow because there are deer everywhere! You do not want to hit one, especially […]