El Chalten, Argentina

El Chalten is a tiny town.  You can walk from one end to the other in 15 minutes.  And yet – thanks to its location at the base of an incredibly scenic mountain… Continue reading

El Calafate, Argentina

El Calafate’s big draw is the nearby Perito Moreno glacier, a massive wall of ice that – unlike many other glaciers – seems to be holding steady, neither advancing nor receding.  From the… Continue reading

Torres del Paine, Chile, Part 2

The worst part about sleeping in dorm rooms?  All the snoring.  In a six-person dorm you’re almost guaranteed to have at least two heavy snorers.  And I didn’t pack ear plugs.  By the… Continue reading

Torres del Paine, Chile, Part 1

It’s kind of fun to have no idea where I’m going next. With almost two months before the next sure thing on my calendar (a visit to Denver in December), I had plenty… Continue reading

From Denver, Colorado to Mountain View, California

It’s always great to spend time at my parents’ place in Denver.  For almost two weeks I hung out with my family, ate unbeatable mom-cooked food, caught up on photos, and was generally… Continue reading

From Mountain View, California to Aspen, Colorado

Alaska left me pretty beat, but after a couple of great weeks at Marie’s place in Mountain View I was recharged and ready for another roadtrip – this time to meet some of… Continue reading

Jasper National Park and Banff National Park, Canada

From Skagway I drove back into the Yukon and on to British Columbia, where at Meziadin Junction I made a quick sidetrip over to Stewart, Canada to check out the glaciers along Highway… Continue reading

Denali National Park and Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Alaska’s fickle summer weather threw a wet blanket on my plan to camp in Denali National Park for a few nights.  Rain splattered down as I drove from Fairbanks to Denali, and the… Continue reading

Kobuk Valley National Park and Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska

Getting to Kobuk Valley and Gates of the Arctic takes some effort.  The two National Parks sit in the middle of northern Alaska’s vast wilderness, with no roads and no facilities.  Most visitors… Continue reading

The Alaska Highway and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Canada and Alaska

I had a lot of reasons for wanting to make the 6,000-mile roundtrip drive to Alaska.  The scenery would undoubtedly be amazing.  It would be fun to check out more of Canada.  I’d… Continue reading