Great Yellowstone Adventure Part 3: Hellroaring Canyon and Shoshone Basin

September 10, 2019 | 18

This is Part 3 of a series. If you haven’t read Part 1 and Part 2 yet, you probably want to start there! July 13, Saturday “I hope this works.” I stick the backpacking parking permit for both truck and trailer on the dash of Bertha and then make sure all doors are locked and…

Great Yellowstone Adventure Part 2: The Bottom of the Canyon

August 22, 2019 | 20

This is Part 2 of a series. If you haven’t read Part 1 yet, which covers the front country (road accessible and day hiking) part of my Yellowstone adventure, you probably want to start there. When backpacking in Yellowstone, you can’t just show up with your gear at your desired trailhead and start walking. There’s…

Great Yellowstone Adventure Part 1: The Front Country

August 9, 2019 | 20

It takes a couple days of driving to get from the Hiker Trailer rally in Colorado, to Montana where my Great Yellowstone Backpacking Adventure starts. I arrive at Moose Creek Flat campground outside of Big Sky, MT on July 1st with a smile. It’s taken four years to get back to this area, but I…

Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve

April 26, 2019 | 5

Wild Sun sits right on the border of Cabo Blanco Absolute Natural Reserve, the oldest of Costa Rica’s protected nature areas. At its founding in October of 1963, it was farm land used to raise crops and graze cattle. Fifty plus years later, it’s come a long way towards being reclaimed by nature, now being…

Mesa Verde National Park, CO

November 6, 2018 | 14

After stocking up on supplies in Durango, CO, I take 160 west to the small town of Mancos, where my friend Kate is celebrating her birthday. Her and her husband bought property in the area where they park their RV in the summer, then in the winter they travel around the south. They happen to…

Family Road Trip: Columbia River and Mt St. Helens

June 26, 2018 | 14

This is part 4 of my two week, no RV, family road trip, travelogue. If you’ve missed any of the previous parts (part 1, part 2, part 3), you’ll want to read those first! June 5, Tuesday Yesterday was spent visiting relatives here in Oregon. But today my parents, brother, and I are up early…

Family Road Trip: Sequoia National Park

June 11, 2018 | 29

After the Grand Canyon, I point Bertha’s nose back west and quickly retrace my route earlier this spring along I40 to Keyesville Rec Area in Lake Isabella, CA. There I spend six days working hard so that I can have my two weeks of vacation relatively work-free. “Wait, vacation? Isn’t your whole life like a…

Mojave National Preserve, CA

April 24, 2018 | 37

April 6, Friday Yesterday my best friend Julie flew into Las Vegas, where I picked her up and we drove back to my boondocking spot in Mojave National Preserve across the border in California. She’s camping with me for a long weekend. Longtime readers know that she’s stayed with me in the Casita before, having…

Carlsbad Caverns National Park, NM

November 10, 2017 | 23

Having arrived at Carlsbad, NM on the 27th, I spend a couple days working on the computer and hanging around camp. The van guy and I continue to be the only ones out here at this boondock spot off Dark Canyon Road, southwest of town. Traffic is pretty much non-existent on this spur road, it’s…

Trip to the Northwoods

June 22, 2017 | 25

June 20, Tuesday At 10 am this morning, my parents and I pile into their van and drive two hours north on 51 to Minocqua, WI. We depart Rapids in the rain, a soaking kind of rain that threatens to last all day. But while the band is wide it’s not all that long, and…

Tips for Visiting Badlands National Park

June 2, 2017 | 19

Longtime readers will know that I worked at Badlands National Park in the summer of 2013. Boondocking out here the past two weeks has been fun and I’ve gone into the park a couple times. Rather than write a travelogue about where I went and what I did, which would be repeating stuff from four…

Arches National Park, UT (part 2)

April 29, 2017 | 12

April 27, Thursday At 7:02 am, Marshall, Kelly, and I are through the fee booth and into Arches NP for our hiking excursion. Because of repaving, the park is closed overnight on weekdays right now. The gates open at 7 am, so we’re among the first ten or fifteen cars into the park. Our destination…

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