Saguaro National Park

Having moved into Tucson, the second-largest city of the Sonoran desert, just a week ago for Chrissy’s first ever travel nursing assignment, we realized we had to get out to Saguaro National Park. The park is actually composed of the Tucson Mountain District and the Rincon Mountain District, straddling Tucson on the west and east,…

White Sands National Monument

Wow. In a year that has seen me do less paddling in particular and less outdoors stuff in general than I’d like, I have been incredibly lucky to get to see some extraordinary sights, sounds, and natural features in general.

Fimmvorduhals Hike, 7/24/2018

Wow. This is the least Chrissy and myself could say after finishing the Fimmvorduhals Trek in southern Iceland. This 15.5 mile hike takes you from sea level, essentially, up to about 3,400 ft above sea level, then drops you back 2,700 feet or so into a lush valley. I just want to leave you with…

Hiking Shades State Park 3/22/18 ✶✶✶✶✶

Given the impending start of farm season and the imminent decline of free time, I thought it crucial that Chrissy and I got out to Indiana–yes, Indiana–for a good hiking getaway. We drove 3-3.5 hours to an airbnb outside of Crawfordsville, Indiana, for a chance to hike at Shades and Turkey Run State Parks. Before…

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore 2/23/18

This past week, on a fairly warm February Friday, I planned to go to explore the Middle Fork of the Vermilion River, near the Illinois town of Danville. Needless to say, I stayed up too late Thursday night and sought out quality hiking a little closer to home. Within about an hour, I brainstormed the…

Cross Country Skiing at Sagawau Canyon ✶✶✶✶

Sherry (my Mom) and I went out cross country skiing yesterday (February 10), after we got about 10 inches of snow the day before–Chicago’s largest snowstorm in quite some time! And on a day that only hit a high of 22F, we stayed pretty warm, and only partly because of the roaring fire in the…

Hiking Starved Rock State Park, East Side ✶✶✶✶✶

After our we watched the eclipse this past week, we went back to our room at the Starved Rock Lodge, built in 19xx by Roosevelt’s Conservation Corps, and hung out, spending some time in their new indoor hot tub. You know, to recover from the hiking we were, uh, about to do. I also took…

Castle Rock State Park (Northern Half) ✶✶✶

Chrissy and I, with a day off together, determined to get outside yesterday. In spite of the clouds, cold (about 30), and hour and a half drive, we checked out Castle Rock State Park near the town of Oregon, Illinois. The park itself is only about 2,000 acres–smaller than some forest preserves within a few…