Coachella Valley Preserve

Hiking SoCal: Big Morongo Canyon Preserve & Coachella Valley Preserve

After an exciting day in Joshua Tree National Park, my cousin and I were dying to see what other secrets ...
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Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park: A Prickly Trek & Exhilarating Oasis

I am awestruck by the varied landscapes on this planet.  There is so much to see, so many places to ...
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Stowe Pinnacle

Stowe, Vermont: Pinnacle Of Perfection & Smugglers’ Notch

STOWE PINNACLE TRAIL Today was so full of goodness I have no idea how to sum it up. It started ...
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park

GSMNP: Embarrassing Camping FAIL, Walking Cades Cove Loop, Finding Avent Cabin, & Clingman’s Dome Sunset

Welp. I was that guy this morning in the campground. I was so proud of myself for waking up at ...
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GSMNP: First Solo Camping Trip & Little River to Campsite 30

I recently camped alone for the first time in the Elkmont campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It was ...
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Ocanaluftee River Trail

GSMNP: Orchids and Toads and Bears, Oh My!

"Bear. Leah, there's a bear!" I look up from the trail where my eyes have been scanning back and forth ...
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Nevada Falls Yosemite

Yosemite: Vistas & Waterfalls Of The Panorama Trail

Last year in Yosemite, I was awestruck by dynamic scenery on the Panorama Trail.  This year the experience was entirely ...
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Yosemite: Yosemite Falls and Sentinel Dome

The use of seasons as an analogy for what we experience in life is a weary one, worn out from ...
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El Capitan Yosemite

Yosemite: Mirror Lake, El Capitan Meadow & Bridalveil Fall

If someone had told me I would go to Yosemite twice in the span of a year, I would have ...
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