Ouray's Box Canyon

Like so many other Colorado mountain towns, the town of Ouray, Colorado was established as a mining town. It is here in the hidden gem known as Box Canyon that the mine was located. You can see some of the mine’s equipment located near the canyon’s opening in the image on the right. The 285′…

Mueller Lake

The Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park is made up of stunning glaciated peaks and turquoise blue alpine lakes. This particular lake is known as Mueller Lake and is a highlight along the Hooker Valley Track. The turquoise color of the lake is actually created by the glaciers above. The glaciers slowly grind the rock into a fine…

Upper Cataract

This beautiful oasis is known as Upper Cataract Lake. It can be found deep in the Colorado wilderness. The trailhead is located on a well maintained dirt road relatively close to Silverthorne, Colorado. The hike to the lake is a moderate uphill climb of 5.5 miles. This lake has some of the best back-country camping sites…

Timberline Falls

High in Rocky Mountain National Park lies the beautiful alpine Lake of Glass. Just before you arrive at the lake you have to scramble your way up the edge of Timberline Falls. So named because of the 100′ waterfall that sits near the mountain’s tree line. After the Icy Brook Creek leaves the Lake of Glass it…

Frozen Foot Creek

“Frozen Foot” isn’t the official creek name, but rather what my wife and I had after traversing the it barefooted while backpacking in the San Juan Mountains. This is the Lower Ice Lake Basin and one of the best backpacking trips that we’ve ever done. On our hike in the previous day, a violent storm rolled in….

Moeraki Dawn

Guest blogger… my wife. (still my photo) 🙂 It’s amazing the number of unique, hidden places my husband finds for our must-do travel list. It also never fails that these must-do items require us to get up before the sun (not my favorite thing). The Moeraki Boulders in New Zealand was no exception. Pulling out of our…

Chattahoochee Tributary

This is a small creek in northern Georgia that eventually flows into the Chattahoochee River on its way to the Gulf of Mexico. If you asked me to take you here, I could not. I found this picturesque scene while tramping through the North Georgia Mountains several years ago. I am a bit of a nerd. I…

Sandbeach Lake

This is the rather large and deep Sandbeach Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. It is one of the largest bodies of water found in the park’s boundary. As its name suggest it does indeed have a sandy shore, at least along the north shore. The trail leads you right on to the sand and…