• Outdoor Products recently asked me to take a look at their weatherproof backpack, the 30 L Shasta Weather Defense Backpack. They were kind enough to send me one of the packs so I could put it through it’s paces on the trail, on the water and in the crazy Arizona monsoons to see just how weatherproof this backpack… [Continue Reading]

    Gear | A Backpack for All Weather…
  • Our announcement a couple months ago that we had decided to order a Teardrop Trailer was a long time in the making. We started looking, researching and testing teardrops a little over 3 years ago. Now that we have committed to the purchase from TC Teardrops, we have a lot of decisions to make about… [Continue Reading]

    The Making of a Teardrop Trailer…
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) has been one of the fasting growing and most popular outdoor activities of the last few years. In a 2013 report by “The Outdoor Foundation” stand up paddling attracted 1.2 million people participating in 9.6 million outings, the most participants in an outdoor activity in the U.S. in 2012. This included all… [Continue Reading]

    Tips for Buying Your First Stand Up Paddleboard…
  • You guys know me by now. I share most of my adventures with the public either here or via social media. I have made myself a deliberate advocate of traveling for travel’s sake and spending time outdoors to connect with nature. As with a lot of people these days I tend to get caught up… [Continue Reading]

    Sampling the AZBDR and The Art of Being in the Moment
  • After our old Boston Terrier passed away, we started taking Wiley everywhere with us because we were worried about her being lonely. Then, when we adopted New Max we were really excited by the idea of showing this poor abused rescue dog what a good home is like. So now we travel with two cattledogs who love the… [Continue Reading]

    Ultimate Summer Dog Adventures

Thermawool: My Favorite Terramar Layer

I’m picky about fit… I’m not built like an Abercrombie and Fitch model…far from it. Really, it makes buying clothes pretty difficult. A lot of outdoor wear fits “just OK” at best but if it does it’s job, I can accept it. The Thermawool Half-Zip from Terramar Sports, however, has been an all-around outstanding piece in […]

The Crossroads at Teakettle Junction

Originally written for ParksFolio.com… The sturdy truck rolled to a stop, dragging with it a cloud of dust and the last crunch of rock under our tires.  Sliding out of the cab and stretching, I walked around the faithful rig as the dust settled again on the old road.  The three of us were seemingly […]

Fire Over Kit Fox Hills

Originally written for ParksFolio.com It was early.  Very early. It was still dark when I cracked my weary eyes and peered sleepily out of the opening in my mummy bag stretched across the cot.  The weather had been a little windy, but nice and I had slept in the open that night so I could […]

12 Things NOT to do in the National Parks

This was originally written for Parksfolio.com – Our National Parks are a travel destination for people from all over the world.  They are home to some of the most amazing and unique natural environments our country has to offer.  They are a national showcase and we should be proud to show them off.  But they […]

Shoshone Point at Grand Canyon National Park

Originally posted at Parksfolio.com- We got the inside scoop on Shoshone Point from one of the Park Rangers at Grand Canyon National Park.  He had suggested it after we had mentioned we were looking for easy hikes due to my injured foot.  He had said it was a flat, easy trail only about a mile […]

Hunting Saguaro Blooms in Saguaro National Park

Originally posted at Parksfolio.com- This year was a big year for cactus flowers in the southwest.  All around Phoenix the cholla and prickly pear were bright with colorful blooms because of the seasonal rains.  Saguaros bloom later in the Spring than most of the smaller cacti, so as we entered May I knew I should […]

Photography Tips for shooting in Grand Canyon National Park

Originally posted at Parksfolio.com- I just returned from a nice trip to Grand Canyon National Park to shoot the Summer storms.  My wife and I spent 4 days in the park chasing rains, clouds and sunsets around the east end of the South Rim.  We managed to come back with a collection of really nice […]

How are you Inspired to Travel?

Originally Posted at Parksfolio.com- I have always traveled a little, 3 or 4 day trips on the river or whatever.  My first major trip was back in 1998, I was 22 years old and it shaped the way I look at travel.  I had been studying the pre-Columbian cultures of Central and South America for […]

Getting to Know Your Gear

How well do you know your gear? When you get a new piece of gear or equipment, do you take the time to really get to know how it works? How to take it apart? How to put it back together? Honestly, most of the time it’s really not that complicated and the implications of […]

The Joy of Small Adventures

I was pretty depressed about having to give up on the Zion Half Marathon this year. I was really looking forward to training for it and running in such a cool place. My knees and feet just weren’t going to cooperate. Still, my wife and I both needed some time to recharge and we wanted […]

Terramar Baselayers in Arizona High Country

Keeping warm on the go is about layering. Hiking, climbing, snowshoeing, skiing it doesn’t matter, you body temp is going to fluctuate throughout the day as conditions and exertion changes. Throughout even the shortest window I have worked through being completely bundled up down to a t-shirt and back again because of things like my […]

First Time Down the Rogue River…Again…

On our first anniversary my wife and I flew to Hawaii and spent some time in Honolulu before hoping over to the Big Island. I was in the middle of a huge knee problem and could barely walk, which was just as well since all the NPS managed sites were closed. Still, not being able […]