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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...

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...

May 29, 2017

#129 - San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

#130 - Waco Mammoth National Monument

#131 - Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

#132 - Amistad National Recreation Area

#133 - Big Bend National Park

#134 - Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River

#135 - Fort Davis National Historic Site

#136 - Chamizal National Memorial

#137 - Guadalupe Mountains National Park

#138 - Carlsbad Caverns National Park

#139 -...

May 1, 2017

Popping awake from a loud rattle, my eyes adjusted to the dark night and foggy mist in the distance.

With a sudden pounding on the windshield, that misty warning turned into a full-fledged downpour as the wiper blades also woke from their sleep.

I squinted at the dashboard clock and saw 3:03 AM, meaning we were somewhere in the Tennessee mountains--what might as well have been Mount Everest to thi...

April 2, 2017

National Park Week is April 15 – 23, 2017 and that means FREE entry to all 417 National Park Service sites! Here's 5 pieces of gear to help you best experience it.

March 26, 2017

National parks #116 - #128 of 417  

#116 - De Soto National Memorial (Bradenton, FL)
#117 - Gulf Islands National Seashore (Pensacola, FL)
#118 - New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park (New Orleans, LA)

#119 - Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (New Orleans, LA)
#120 - Natchez National Historical Park (Natchez, MS)

#121 - Natchez Trace Parkway (Natchez, MS, to Nashville, TN,)

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