Dinosaur Bend

This is where the Yampa and Green Rivers meet in a bend inside of Dinosaur National Monument. It is a very nice place to swim and cool off on a hot Summer’s day. This is the terminus for the Echo Park Road.

Glacier Point

Yosemite National Park’s granite monoliths and waterfalls are well known. It was a state park before National Parks even existed. My wife and I pulled up to the Glacier Point lot late one evening as the sun was beginning to set and the clouds covered everything. We only had two days at the park and were rather…

Colorado Deep Within

This title—Colorado Deep Within—speaks so much truth about me. I haven’t always lived in Colorado, but Colorado is deep within me. I feel like the landscape and lifestyle are now a part of me. Despite all of that, this photo, of course, is not in Colorado. It’s the Grand Canyon in Arizona, a world renown…

Lower Bertha Falls

Waterton National Park in Alberta, Canada is a place of water. A lot of snow falls in this area which melts in the spring and turns into gorgeous waterfalls and turquoise lakes. This is Lower Bertha Falls one of those stunning falls that can be found in Waterton’s backcountry. Lower Bertha Falls is a very…

101 Years of the National Park Service – Vernal Falls

August 25th, 2017… It has been 101 years since the National Park Service was established in the United States. The National Parks are now taken for granted as places we have available to us. It hasn’t always been that way. For the better part of human history the ownership of land meant wealthy and power….

Overlooking Waterton

This stunning vista of the Rocky Mountains overlooks the Canadian national park known as Waterton. The overlook can be found along Hwy 6, east of the park. This road is a border crossing between the U.S. and Canada. It is a beautiful drive through the mountains that culminates with these sweeping views. You can see…

Flight of the California Condor

The California Condor is strange, ugly bird. They are massive creatures with wingspans that can be longer than any man’s height, making them North America’s largest birds. Despite their oddities, they are graceful in flight and they seem at home amongst the massive Grand Canyon. In the Grand Canyon the Condor population is monitored closely and…

Black Canyon

A beautiful look at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado. Ranging between 1,800 to 2,700 feet deep (think 2 Empire State Buildings), the depth and sheer cliff sides are breathtaking to see in person. The canyon was carved out by the Gunnison River and it continues to flow through the canyon and deepen…

A Visitor’s Guide to Mesa Verde National Park

I found Mesa Verde National Park, located in the remote southwestern corner of Colorado, to be utterly fascinating, uniquely beautiful and completely FRUSTRATING! It is perhaps the most confusing park in the entire National Park system to figure out how to navigate before you arrive and this confusion can continue throughout your visit. There are tour companies not associated with…

Sunning Shag

What surprised me the most about the Able Tasman Coastal Track in New Zealand was how absolutely gorgeous every section was of our 5-day backpacking trip. One minute you’re overlooking the surrounding bays from the treetops, the next you’re ducking under a thick array of Beech trees where the sky and water are barely visible, the…

Stirling Falls

This is perhaps the most photographed waterfall in all of New Zealand, and for good reason. At 495′ high, Stirling Falls is nearly three times as high as Niagara Falls (167′). Stirling Falls is only one of two permanent waterfalls in New Zealand’s Milford Sound. However, every time it rains, which is about every two out of three days,…

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…