Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Camping, Colorado, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Hiking, National Parks & Monuments, State Parks, United States

Colorado Parkin’ Day 1 – Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Curecanti National Recreation Area, & Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

May 20, 2023 It is just about time for an adventure! After a few years of driving incredible mileage across Wyoming to go to Yellowstone, it dawned on me to maybe spend that same time driving to southern Colorado and knocking out the National Park Service units down in that area. Outside of some trips… Continue reading Colorado Parkin’ Day 1 – Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, Curecanti National Recreation Area, & Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Microadventures, United States, Wyoming

Microadventure: Northern Lights Chasing!

Living at 41.14°N does not lend itself to many aurora borealis, or northern lights, sightings. All my times seeing them had been in Iceland, or en route to Iceland on the plane. So when a mega geomagnetic storm (coronal mass ejection) made it possible to have a KP index of 8 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on… Continue reading Microadventure: Northern Lights Chasing!

Hiking, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, National Parks & Monuments, State Parks, United States, Washington

Mount Saint Helens – Third Time’s a Charm!

Oh man, where do I even start on this one?! (It is going to be long, so get comfy!) To say it was a long time coming with a lot of weird anxiety around it would be an understatement. Leading up to it I was 0 for 2 on attempts in 2022... heck, never even… Continue reading Mount Saint Helens – Third Time’s a Charm!

Hiking, Medicine Bow National Forest, National Forests, United States, Wyoming

Wyoming Hiked: Gap & Shelf Lakes

I can't say I've really explored this late in the year in the Snowy Range! Wanting to kick off my 39th birthday with some sort of hike, though being a day late, I headed up early to Lewis Lake Trailhead. Today I would explore a new-to-me trail to Shelf Lakes. This trail spurs off of… Continue reading Wyoming Hiked: Gap & Shelf Lakes

Activities, Colorado, Hiking, National Forests, Roosevelt National Forest, United States

Colorado Hiked: Hewlett Gulch

2023 is apparently flying by, and my winter hiking plans are slowly fading into spring hiking plans. Wanting to get some solid miles back in my legs (backpacking season will be here before I know it!), I debated where to go. Weighing a desire to sleep in a bit with my mileage goal, I settled… Continue reading Colorado Hiked: Hewlett Gulch