District of Columbia, National Mall & District of Columbia Area Parks, National Parks & Monuments, State Parks, United States, Virginia, Work Travel Life

Seein’ the DC – Part 1: Lincoln, FDR, & MLK Memorials, Korean War Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial

Washington, DC offers up almost a dizzying array of National Park Service (NPS) units that are quick to check off, so needless to say, when an opportunity to travel to DC for work came up, I knew I'd want to take a personal day to see as many as I could! With plans set in… Continue reading Seein’ the DC – Part 1: Lincoln, FDR, & MLK Memorials, Korean War Memorial, and Lincoln Memorial

Backpacking, Camping, Colorado, Hiking, National Parks & Monuments, State Parks, Rocky Mountain National Park, United States

The Long Road to Longs Peak

August 29-31, 2022 I remember back in 2017 when I first started going up 14ers (slang for the 14,000+ foot peaks in Colorado and other US states) on foot, I remarked to my friend Lydia that I didn't think Longs Peak would ever be on the agenda because it was "hard and scary." Then the… Continue reading The Long Road to Longs Peak

Hiking, Hot Springs State Park, National Parks & Monuments, State Parks, United States, Wyoming

Wyoming Hiked: Roundtop Mountain and T Hill in Thermopolis

Thermopolis is one of my favorite little spots to layover during travel I have to do around Wyoming. This small town is home to Hot Springs State Park, a great place to explore travertine terraces up close, take a soak in thermal mineral waters, and hike in unique scenery. This trip through Thermopolis I decided… Continue reading Wyoming Hiked: Roundtop Mountain and T Hill in Thermopolis

Colorado, Hiking, United States

Colorado Hiked: Mount Sherman, Gemini Peak, & Mount Sheridan

What else was I suppose to do on a paid local holiday off of work? Climb mountains, naturally! Since I've spent 2022 getting into true hiking shape, I wanted to tick off some Colorado 14ers (mountains above 14,000 feet/4267 meters) this summer. Unfortunately most 14ers take quite the driving commitment for me from Cheyenne, and… Continue reading Colorado Hiked: Mount Sherman, Gemini Peak, & Mount Sheridan

Activities, Camping, Hiking, United States, Waterfalls, Wyoming

Wyoming Hiked: Laramie Peak

Laramie Peak “is, at this day, covered with snow, which glitters in the sunshine like a diamond in the dark,” emigrant Dan Gelwicks writes in his diary - May 28, 1849. Treating emigrants to a view of its 10,275 foot summit for over a week as they made their way from western Nebraska into Wyoming,… Continue reading Wyoming Hiked: Laramie Peak