Beezley Hills

I wrote (and photographed) this for the Washington chapter of the Nature Conservancy last year. This event is coming up again soon, and we need it more than ever. The proposed federal budget for 2018 cuts billions in funding for conservation, climate, and scientific study in general. This sort of program - generating bipartisan, urban-rural, hunter-conservationist engagement…

Olympic National Park: Shi Shi Beach Backpacking

Question: Why do people love backpacking so much? And why haven't I done it yet? Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, it's more than a little silly that I haven't gone backpacking before. I've tent-camped a hundred places, hiked a hundred more, but never the two together. My encounters with backpacking have been purely…

Approaching Home: Painted Hills & Craters

Idaho came on fast! We bid the snowy bosoms farewell, going over an impressive mountain pass, then before we knew it we were in Idaho Falls. Bam. This time we learned, and called the Boise/Meridian KOA there first to make sure they were open. Then more of Idaho, until we reached Craters of the Moon…

Grand Tetons II: In Which I Might As Well Be Elsa

We woke up fairly early this morning again - I gotta admit, I'm tired. I have not slept hardly at all on this trip, and I am really looking forward to our real bed again. But anyway, back to reality: it snowed!! The first real, real snow. I was very excited. It was a light,…