San Francisco, California

Returning to San Francisco felt great.  The road had worn me out and I was excited to stay in one place for a while.  I looked forward to catching up with my friends,… Continue reading

Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Yellowstone is my favorite National Park.  The landscapes are amazing and diverse, with mountains, canyons, lakes, meadows, and rivers covering almost 3,500 square miles.  Bison, deer, and elk are everywhere, and with a… Continue reading

Dinosaur National Monument and Fantasy Canyon, Utah

I first became aware of Fantasy Canyon a few years ago.  Marie and I were staying at a hotel in Page, Arizona, where a photograph hanging in the lobby stopped me in my… Continue reading

Denver, Colorado

Originally I’d planned to camp a night at Great Sand Dunes National Park before driving to Denver to spend Labor Day weekend with my family, but a quick look at the stormy forecast… Continue reading

Mesa Verde National Park and Black Canyon National Park, Colorado

From Moab I crossed over to Colorado and spent the afternoon at Mesa Verde National Park.  I’d first visited Mesa Verde on a family trip as a kid, and back then you could… Continue reading

Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah

I arrived at Arches National Park in the late afternoon and hiked to Delicate Arch for sunset.  Scattered thunderstorms were sweeping through the area, and I worried that clouds would block the photogenic… Continue reading

Mule Canyon and Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah

Years ago I saw a photo of an Anasazi ruin called “House on Fire,” a small cluster of 800+ year-old buildings sheltered underneath a sandstone outcropping in the Mule Canyon area of southeastern… Continue reading

Bryce Canyon National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, and Goblin Valley State Park, Utah

Sunrise at Bryce Canyon National Park is magical.  I’d spent the night in Hatch, Utah and woke up at 5am so that I could be at the edge of the canyon when the… Continue reading

Zion National Park, Utah

My wakeup in St. George was the earliest of the trip so far:  4am.  I wanted to be sure to make it to Zion National Park in time to catch the first shuttle… Continue reading

Alabama Hills and Death Valley National Park, California

Ah, the Super 8!  Some may scoff, but coated in dust and sweat after a couple days of hiking, with sore muscles, black fingernails, and a repelling stink rising from your body, it’s… Continue reading