Sedona – A family trip in the outdoors

Descending Chicken Point

Several times a year, I am tasked with one of my favorite things: planning a family trip. This time, I didn’t have to come up with the destination. I asked my wife and daughter where they wanted to go and they quickly came up with Sedona. We hadn’t been to Sedona since the fires of […]

Canadian Rockies – A gorgeous change of plans

Peyto Lake and the Misaya River Valley

Sometimes you don’t get the trip that you planned, but you get one that you need. Our trip to the Canadian Rockies started out a little rocky. Our plan was this: The PD and I would fly to Calgary, drive out to Kootenay National Park and leave our rental car at the Floe Lake Trailhead, […]

Lanilili – A fun and muddy hike to a peak on Maui

The view north from Lanilili

While scanning the map of Maui, I was struggling to see where I could hike to a peak. There’s Haleakala, which is a drive-up peak, and there’s Pu’u Kukui, where you have to know someone in order to get access. I wanted it to be reasonable hike, as I was on vacation, so I found […]

Being Inspired by the OmniTen Experience

A mountain of Columbia gear

Special thanks to Wilderness Dave for shooting so many awesome photos. It was a day after I returned from Columbia‘s OmniTen week in Park City. I was driving in my car and a song about the singer’s dying mother came on. I broke down into tears. It happened again when I was searching for dogs […]

Getting perspective on Ka’ala Ridge in Oahu

On the Mount Ka'ala Trail - Sporting my Columbia Insect Blocker Shirt

I recently went on vacation in Oahu with my family. It was excellent. We had a great room overlooking the ocean, steps to our own lagoon, we swam with green sea turtles, had shave ice, saw a dear friend, visited Pearl Harbor and the Dole Plantation, drove around the island, and spent plenty of time […]

Family Trip Part 2 – Bryce Canyon National Park

Thor's Hammer at Bryce Canyon National Park

After we were done visiting Zion National Park, we headed out to Bryce Canyon National Park. We were basically recreating the trip I took when I was a child. While we were sad to say goodbye to Zion, we were excited what we would find down the road. — We took the Zion-Mount Carmel Highway […]

Family Trip Part 1 – Zion National Park: Emerald Pools, Weeping Rock, and Angels Landing

Zion Canyon from Angel's Landing

Continuing our trend for visiting National Parks, we decided to visit two on one trip. Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park are both parks that I visited when I was a child. Seeing it through my daughter’s eyes was an added bonus. A trend I have seen in National Parks since my childhood […]

Morena Butte – Peak #54 – Spending some time on the PCT

Hauser Canyon to Lake Barrett from Morena Butte

It’s amazing the excitement and anticipation I get when I am getting ready for a hike. I kick around the idea of whether or not to go throughout the week. I am conscious of the fact that whenever I am gone, I am not with my family. So it is always a trade-off. However, the […]