Category Archive: Hiking and Camping

Ansel Adams Wilderness, California and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

To help celebrate Marie’s birthday I planned not one but two weekend getaways. First up:  backcountry camping at Ediza Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness.  Marie had been wanting to go there for… Continue reading

The Palouse, Washington

Imagine sand dunes rolling to the horizon in all directions.  Now replace the sand with meticulously cultivated farmland – gentle slopes of green, yellow, and brown – and you’re close to picturing the… Continue reading

Olympic National Park and the Columbia River Gorge, Washington and Oregon

The timing of my trips to the Pacific Northwest has always been off.  The Palouse area of eastern Washington and the waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge are incredibly photogenic in late spring,… Continue reading

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

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

White Sands National Monument, New Mexico and Denver, Colorado

My first visit to White Sands National Monument was just five months ago, but I liked it so much I wanted to return as soon as possible.  This time I planned to camp… Continue reading

Monument Valley, Arizona and the Bisti Wilderness, New Mexico

There may be no landscape more visually iconic of the American West than Monument Valley.  A partial list of movies filmed there:  Stagecoach (1939), The Searchers (1956), Easy Rider (1968), Forrest Gump (1994),… Continue reading