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 →

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 →

Park Rapids, MN

I wrote earlier about one of our trips to Northern Minnesota and a trip we made to the start of the Mississippi River. Our family has traveled nearly every year for the past 30+ years to Brookside Resort which is near Park Rapids. Park Rapids is about 2 hours north of Minneapolis so it doesn't... Continue Reading →

Temecula, California

If you are looking for sun the is no better place than Southern California. Meredith lived in San Clemente for a while and we took this picture while exploring Temecula which is an old town in Riverside County. The area was inhabited by Native Americans for hundreds of years until the Spanish showed up in... Continue Reading →

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