Backpacking Bryce Canyon

3 October 2013

It was just an overnight. In and out. But we had to carry all of our water. We had already been in Bryce Canyon for several days, but we were car camping at one of the developed campgrounds, and we thought we’d give ourselves a true wilderness experience before we left the park. I wasn’t […]

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The Great American Road Trip

18 August 2013

Nearly 20,000 miles has taken us from Alaska to Maine to California, and through a fair bit of Canada. We’ve dipped our toes in the Atlantic and in the Pacific, but we’ve spent most of our time in the mountains and around the lakes and streams both near and far from the coasts. We’ve been […]

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National Parks of Canada: Jasper & Banff

8 July 2013

Despite my last post, we have actually had some amazing national park experience, from Glacier to Acadia, and several in between. Including Canadian parks, we’ve visited 12 national parks and monuments so far, and 5 state or provincial parks. We started our national park tour, however, in the crown jewels of the Canadian park system, […]

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The National Park that didn’t want us

1 July 2013

First, our fire wouldn’t stay lit. We were cooking foil dinners, Brian’s favorite camping meal, over the fire that night, our first night in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but the “fire” was still just smoke. Two separate attempts to start it left us with coals, but not much flame. We even went to the […]

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Adventure on the Alaska Highway

8 May 2013

We left Girdwood in a snowstorm. We figured it was appropriate, since we were driving south (eventually) and were planning on leaving the North and its weather behind for a while. The car was packed to the gills with all of our worldly possessions–except those left behind in my sister’s garage–including our camping gear and […]

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