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"You don't know if you don't go."

August 18, 2017

Attention to Danger: Hike to the Stairway Icefall


The Stairway Icefall is the tallest ice fall outside of the Himalayas. A few weeks ago I set out to see how close I could get to this colossal tumble. (more…)

July 14, 2017

Belated Update: Denali Area & Anchorage Attractions


I’ve finally made it to the McCarthy, the town I lived in last year. My priorities since arriving have been to:


1) Find a place to stay

2a) Find a place to work

2b) Study for the written test for my Private Pilots License (more later)

3) Write, Read, and other lofty goals. (more…)

July 1, 2017

Backpacking around Mount Eielson in Denali National Park

Moody Night 1 on the eve of Summer Solstice.


My buddy Jesse, who I met serendipitously when our road trips intersected in time and place at Mesa Verde National Park, is working for a flight-seeing operation called Denali Air. Similar to my shuttle gig last year for Wrangell Mountain Air, it’s his responsibility to transport visitors to and from the airport and engage them in repetitively prepared, single-serving conversations.


Backcountry hiking is made much safer by pairing up, and Jesse and I penciled in a backcountry trip into Denali National Park as soon as I knew I’d be back up here (more…)


Trip Highlights


I made up a visual index of my best stories from the road.


This is where I recommend you start.




Photo Gallery


My favorite pictures from across the country, individually annotated and organized by state.




National Park Cliff Notes


Short descriptions of the history and geography of each national park with a few recommendations on what to do.



Jump to a random national park



The less well known parks are better because of their obscurity.