Mount of the Holy Cross

For many years frontiersmen from the western United States told stories about a mountain with a giant cross etched in to its face. It was considered a legend for many years due to its remote location high in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains. When the first photographs in the mid-nineteenth century made their way…

Taranaki

This is Mount Taranaki (aka Mount Egmont), one of the most symmetrical volcanoes in the world. Taranaki was so named by the indigenous Maori people and roughly translated means “shining peak” (www.gns.cri.nz). At 8,261′ the mountain towers above the rest of the western edge of New Zealand’s North Island, which mostly sits at or near sea level….

A Meeker View

At 13,911′ high, Mount Meeker is only surpassed by Longs Peak within the boundaries of Rocky Mountain National Park. This massive mountain stands like a sentinel watching over the southeastern side of the park. In fact, if you approach the park on Highway 7 coming from Lyons, this peak dominates the sky line for most…

Colorado Big

There is big and then there is Colorado Big! The elk in this photo is a big bull elk, but he is made to look small in the massive, mountainous landscape of Rocky Mountain National Park’s high country. I found him grazing in this high alpine field near the pass on Trail Ridge Road late last season. The…

Standing in Reflection

One of my favorite things to do is to take people I love to the places I love. So when my Mom and aunt came to visit me in Colorado I knew that the view from Aspen’s Maroon Lake of the Maroon Bells had to be on the itinerary. We arrived in the parking lot before…

Sunrise on the Hooker

My wife and I were very excited about our first day in New Zealand.  Not only were we in this exotic country, with all kinds of new experiences in front of us, but we were doing the entire trip in a camper-van (okay, only I was really excited about this). There is something about this…

Yosemite Clouds

A view of the sun setting at Yosemite National Park’s Glacier Point after a rather rainy day of hiking around in the Mariposa Grove. I find that a day spent in the rainy wilderness beats a crystal clear day spent inside. Still, I was elated to see the rain clouds part as my wife and I reached…

Rider’s View

My wife stops to take in the view of Snowmass Lake from Trail Rider’s Pass. This is a great place to stop for a snack and take in the colorful landscape along the very popular 26-mile Four Pass Loop backpacking trail. Don’t be up here too late or you’ll risk experiencing afternoon thunderstorms. This trail is…

Routeburn Flats

This golden valley is known as the Routeburn Flats. It’s the northeastern part of the Routeburn Track in New Zealand. The Routeburn is one of ten Great Walks in New Zealand. A Great Walk has been set aside by the country as a premium hiking trail. Permits are needed ahead of time to camp in a campsite…