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September 2, 2019

This post is sponsored advertising content by State Farm ®

It’s back to school time! That might be an exclamation mark filled with excitement, trepidation, hope or dread, depending on who you are and what going back to school means.

Because K-12 years can often cause anxiety and feelings of not being included, one of my summer projects has been teaming up with State Farm and GLSEN as they help make...

February 20, 2019

On April 29, 2016 I launched a 3-year journey to visit all 411 National Park Service sites. That number has since grown to 419,* and I'm planning to finish on April 29, 2019 three years to the minute this road trip began at the Washington Monument.

While this journey has been an attempt to be the sole person to visit all NPS sites in one continuous journey, it has not been a solo project. There is...

October 24, 2018

This post is sponsored in partnership with REI.

After 2.5 years on this journey to all 417 National Park Service sites, I am thrilled to announce that I've partnered with REI to share reasons why their #OptOutside campaign is so fitting for my project. Beyond just getting outdoors on Black Friday, #OptOUTside ;) has many relevant ties to what my national parks journey has become, and I'm excited to...

August 25, 2018

My most-watched video on Facebook, with 341,000 views and counting.

Halfway between Hawai’i and New Zealand rests the only U.S. National Park Service site south of the equator.

A tropical forest, a beach where you’ll be the only person you see, and a culture than spans five inhabited islands are what make a visit to the National Park of American Samoa unique. My 9 days on the islands were made poss...

July 9, 2018

"The weather is good enough today, but we don't have any planes..."

Nearly a year ago, I began making plans for how to tackle Alaska's 23 sites. More than any other state, I knew this one had the power to break this trip. But as one Alaska Ranger told me, "We won't let Alaska break you!"

So I'm writing this to thank you for your prayers, your donations, and your well-wishes, because they've been...

May 2, 2018

It's MAY! Which means June, Pride Month, is next. Are you ready to celebrate?

To get you outfitted, this past January I attended North America's largest outdoor retail conference, Outdoor Retailer, to look for gear that represents LGBT Pride. While the outdoor industry still has a ways to go when it comes to marketing to LGBT people, these gear pieces are a great start and a fun way to live out lou...

January 2, 2018

This is an extension of the Ranking All of Utah’s National Parks blog that includes nearby NPS sites in surrounding states--giving your Utah trip to the famous Mighty 5 the best supplemental parks not limited by manmade state borders.

Includes parks in Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, and Arizona.

Ranking nearby parks:

13. Yucca House National Monument (Colorado)

OK. It’s always hard to start an ascending lis...

November 19, 2017

60 seconds of rapids... See the full video summary below

As much as I talk about sharing that “the National Park System is not just the Grand Canyon,” I sort of have to eat my words. Not that I don’t still wholeheartedly believe in that statement, but because, once again, the Grand Canyon has provided one of my most special national park experience.

It was in the Grand Canyon in 2012 that I had my f...

November 15, 2017

I travel a lot.

Like, it’s my fulltime job, and then some.

In fact, it’s more than a job. Traveling is my life. Day in and day out.

So I pay attention to things like which states have the best rest areas, where you can “stealth camp” with no issues, and which gas stations provide the best customer experience.

After 18 months of this 3-year road trip to visit all 417 National Park Service sites, I’m...

September 27, 2017

“Utah is America’s most under-marketed state.”

I shared that assertion more than any other comment when asked my impression of America after a 260-day road trip to 46 North American states/provinces in 2011-2012.

Five years later, when it came time to enter Utah as part of this road trip to all 417 U.S. national parks, I was excited to better explore the state that had once wooed me with only its no...

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