I was working with an archeological field crew made up of mostly 20-somethings fresh out of college and was surprised to find that I was the only person in the group that was carrying a first aid kit. I have to admit that in my 20s, I also felt invincible and rarely (if ever…I don’t […]
National parks need adequate funding to provide visitors with a great experience–and to protect these precious national treasures that we all own for future citizens. Parks, forests, monuments, and other national public lands are already running on the thinnest of shoestring budgets, trying to maintain roads, overlooks, bathrooms and visitor centers with the least amounts […]
Each week the National Park Service highlights a park to visit. If you have visited Joshua Tree National Park, share an experience with us in the comments section below. Thanks. Visit the Joshua Tree National Park official site here. Joshua Tree National Park – California Joshua Tree National Park is a desert park, a […]
Check out this technical canyoneering video featuring Grand Canyon National Park. Beautiful. Radical. Amazing. Wow. I can’t wait to see the entire documentary.
Technology for the Wilderness A friend of mine got a BioLite stove for his birthday and we couldn’t wait to try the thing out. I had seen this stove out on the web and was curious to see how it worked in person. It is a cool device and worked as advertised. We set […]
Last fall we went on a hiking trip closer to our home in deep southern New Mexico. Where could we go that had some nice topography? Why, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, of course–nestled right in the western edge of Texas. We enjoyed a great day hike on the Tejas Trail which bisects the park from north […]
Need a few moments (2:20) of calm and beauty? Watch this lovely video shot at Great Smoky Mountains National Park–or better yet, plan a fall trip to the Smoky Mountains to see the leaves changing.
Autumn is in the air, and this video makes us excited for the burst of color on the mountain heralding the new season. Nice photography, music, and just long enough (3:41) to get you in the mood for fall!
Fall is my favorite time of the year for hiking (see Why Fall is My Favorite Season). The weather can be perfect – clear, refreshing, and dry. The nights are cool and crisp, perfect for sleeping. The night skies are magnificent and darkness comes early. Fall is also the season for another type of recreation […]
With the arrival of the fall hiking season (see Why Fall is My Favorite Season), it is time to rethink my backpacking diet. And by diet, I don’t mean reducing calories, but changing the foods I pack for an extended hiking/backpacking trip. As the temperatures drop, your dietary needs change. You’ll burn more calories maintaining […]
If you are camping this fall or winter, the spot where you pitch your tent can make a difference in staying a bit warmer at night, as much as 20°. It’s nice to camp at a pretty spot, but warmth should trump aesthetics when the sun goes down. Watch the weather. Keep an eye toward […]
It’s that time of year to begin planning a get-away to see the fall colors of autumn leaves — the golden yellows and blazing reds that are so glorious. Homeaway.com has a nice fall colors map and infographic that puts it all together for leaf-peepers. Also be sure to check out this article by the Forest […]
Are you going camping in the mountains this summer? If so, I’ll bet you have a great tent, you have that deluxe air mattress, and you have your sheets and a blanket or two, or maybe some old sleeping bags. You are all set for a few days of tenting it above 7500 feet. Or […]
The TrailDirt crew just returned from a foray into Arizona, Nevada, and Northern California (again), and we have some information to share with our readers about campgrounds we stayed in that were “on the way” to some great places. What is meant by “on the way,” you ask? Well, it’s a spot where the day’s […]
Bodie State Historic Park is in northern California, just north of Mono Lake and Lee Vining, California, 13 miles off of Highway 395. Bodie is an old mining town that is now a ghost town–and, a protected state park. Despite two devastating fires, and a remote location that would be ideal for vandals and artifact […]
Watch this four minute nature video from Evosia Studios featuring some of my favorite places: Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Coyote Buttes, Antelope Slot Canyon, and more, all set to a pleasant piece of music. Nice photography and great time lapse editing make for a nice journey into the wild heart.