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March 30, 2016

I've never had God work so fast in my life.


In my experience, prayers are answered on a much slower scale. Not often realized until long past the initial beseeching.


And such has been my experience since June 2014, when I started planning my world record road trip to all 400+ U.S. national parks.


Often told by my friends I have "too many pots boiling on my stovetop,"  I balanced this idea to exper...

March 24, 2016

"There are two things you don't talk about: Religion and Politics."


Growing up as the fast-talking, youngest-child of a pastor in the American Midwest, I often struggled with this adage.


"Why not? They are so interesting," I'd ask. Unaware that as both a Lutheran and a Nebraskan, passive-aggressiveness was firmly in the cultural canon.


So while my current focus as a travel blogger is writing about...

March 16, 2016

This post was featured on the National Parks Conservation Association blog April 4, 2016, and on Huffington Post Travel on March 14, 2016.

"I'm insane."

"I will get eaten by a bear."

"I really am insane."

Thoughts I've had almost daily over the past two years (especially after watching Leonardo DiCaprio get mauled by a bear in The Revenant). And yet, thoughts that are always overcome by a m...

March 1, 2016

This blog was featured on SBNation's Outsports on March 1, 2016 and Huffington Post Queer Voices on March 2, 2016.


What are the gay stereotypes?


That we want to shop all the time? That we are prissy and scared of rugged work? That we are horrible at sports?


As a member of the community, I spent many of my gay-formative years assuming the same stereotypes. Gays go to gay bars and dress in drag and...

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