Yukon – First Impressions

I arrived at the airport just after midnight. My plane had chased the setting sun north from Vancouver, British Columbia to my final destination Whitehorse, Yukon. Outside, it looked like dusk had only just begun to settle in. I wouldn’t see anything darker for the next two months. This was Yukon, land of the midnight…

Lost in Escalante

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is where I finally tumbled head over heels in love with the desert. It didn’t have the paved roads or towering peaks of some of the other Utah parks we visited – though it did have a gorgeous visitor center. Instead its hikes were spread over miles of rough dirt roads,…

The Great (well, weeklong) Southwest Road Trip

Wanting to travel somewhere unquestionably different from anywhere we had been, a friend and I decided to spend our spring break exploring the Great American Southwest. In 7 days and 1,598 miles we traveled to 4 states, 3 national parks, and 4 national monuments. It wasn’t nearly enough time. In our trusty Escape Campervan we…

What to do when the mountains call.. and you can’t go

Whether it’s due to a storm, a lack of finances, or the fact that you live in flat, flat Florida (like me), there are times that even the most intrepid of adventurers are forced through periods of wilderness withdrawal. This is a list for times like those. Armchair hike – Sometimes “adventures” happen when you’re…

A Peek at 2016

2016 is to be a year of progressions. Progressions in science, in adventuring, in my writing. In addition to (finally) turning this blog into what I’ve always wanted it to be I have a host of other resolutions. Here’s a peek… Get into grad school. Applications are in and fingers are crossed, evolutionary ornithology here…