Reunion in Decorah, Iowa

Most of my wife's family lives in Iowa and Minnesota, including several that live in one of my favorite towns; Decorah, Iowa. When you think of Iowa you may think of flat corn fields but Decorah looks considerably different with hills, rocky cliffs, and beautiful trees everywhere. For a town of less than 10,000 people... Continue Reading →

Pawnee National Grassland

Meredith and I headed out from Fort Collins, Colorado towards Laramie, Wyoming before detouring straight east across Highway 80 to Sidney, Nebraska. On our return back to Fort Collins we detoured through northeast Colorado through the aptly named Pawnee National Grassland. Talk about some wide open spaces. The grassland is roughly 30 x 60 square... Continue Reading →

Forest Park, Portland, OR

If you are into running or trail hiking Forest Park, located in the northwest corner of Portland Oregon is the place to be. With over 5,100 acres it is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. There are approximately 80 miles of trails, some paved roads like this one and other small... Continue Reading →

Leaving Yellowstone

We made a great trip out west and spent two days camping and exploring Yellowstone National Park. We've been able to see many places in the United States but Yellowstone is at the top of my list when it comes to natural beauty. Despite tens of thousands of people visiting the rangers and staff do... Continue Reading →

Little River National Wildlife Refuge

When most people think of Oklahoma they think of a wind swept plain, but tucked away in the southeastern corner of Oklahoma, Little River National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 13,660 acres of bottomland hardwood forest habitat, looks like a Louisiana swamp and seems out of place for what you would think you would find in Oklahoma.... Continue Reading →

Mojave National Preserve

We camped in the desert of southern California at the Mojave National Preserve which is located on the California and Nevada border not too far from Las Vegas. The area is incredibly dry and home to some impressive rock formations which we were able to climb on a morning hike. At our campsite, the sunset... Continue Reading →

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Erik and I made a 6 day trek from Fort Worth, Texas all the way to Portland, Oregon and hiked and tent camped at each stop through Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho before hitting the Oregon border. We stopped for a few hours to see Jackson Hole before we got to the Grand Tetons and... Continue Reading →

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