Sunset on the Oregon Coast Trail

Capturing a fleeting moment along the Oregon Coast Trail: sunset over the Pacific Ocean at the base of Heceta Head, home of the famed Heceta Head Lighthouse, north of Florence, Oregon

Finding Peace in a Garden

On a June trip to Duluth, the surprise discovery of a garden hidden in the woods along the Superior Hiking Trail at Enger Tower helped ease the pain of losing a loved one.

Minnesota’s River of Waterfalls

Where its namesake river drops 900 feet in three miles, Minnesota’s Cascade River State Park is a dramatic place to take a deeply wooded hike along Lake Superior’s North Shore.

Backpacking Isle Royale National Park

What’s the best way to see Isle Royale National Park, the least visited and most remote National Park in the continental United States? Explore its rocky ridges and dense woods by backpacking across it.

Hiking Roots

No stronger sense of place shaped my life and my future than the setting of my childhood home. On our recent trip to the ALDHA Gathering, I walked the Appalachian Trail of my youth to seek out memories.

Fall Color on Skyline Drive

Enjoy the glorious colors of autumn leaves along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park in October. The 105-mile historic parkway offers unparalleled vistas.

Patagonia, in perspective

At the edge of Lago Grey in Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile, the vastness of the landscape is highlighted by the size of hikers passing massive icebergs.

Hiking the Colorado River Heritage Greenway

A hike on the Colorado River Greenway to the North Reach and Davis Dam in Laughlin, Nevada, offers up-close encounters with a ghost town, the river, and the Mohave desert.

The Great Swamp Sanctuary 

Protecting the swamp forest where the Ashepoo River rises, Walterboro Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as Great Swamp Sanctuary, offers more than 4 miles of trails for exploration of the swamp.