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December 10, 2018

If you’d had told me what a phenomenal year this 2018 would have been, I would have quoted an oft-spoken Southern condescension ”bless your heart” and sent you on your way. Filled with gratitude and amazement, I give you the first part of two posts recapping this past...

September 10, 2018

In my last blogpost, I offered some tips for visiting what has now become one of my all-time favorite national parks...Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska. We had completed Bear School and were on our hike out to Brooks Falls when I had this feeling we were goi...

August 9, 2018

The second post in our guest series by The Traveling Ranger, Gary Bremen discusses his tips for visiting the expansive Katmai NP&P.

 

Katmai National Park and Preserve had been at the top of my national parks bucket list for a VERY long time...like 30 or 40 years. Like m...

July 25, 2018

As many of you know, I love to talk travel. So when my good friend Ranger Gary returned from his epic adventure of the National Parks in Alaska, I couldn't resist asking him if he'd write about his travels. Not only are the Alaska parks high on many people's bucket lis...

March 29, 2018

Each Tuesday, I try to post a trivia question to my Instagram account for #triviaTuesday, with the goal of having my followers do a bit of research on a particular park and learn a bit more than they may already know. With March being National Women's Month, I wanted t...

March 17, 2018

One of the things I'm passionate about is the daily news and politics of NPS - it harks back to my political staffer days before FOMO and not having an EOBD (when I started in politics, there were no cellphones nor crazy text shorthand.)

But with the advent of Google al...

January 30, 2018

What a surprise to wake up one day, check your email, and find that one of the largest National Park online communities, National Park Geek, has named you the second Geek of the Week!

That's exactly what has happened and I'm thrilled and honored to be recognized! The mi...

August 29, 2017

As a serial roadtripper, photographer and hiker, it’s always difficult to find snacks that meet my criteria: one, aren’t messy; two, are real food based and healthy; and three, are easy to travel with (don’t melt, still worth eating after it’s flattened in the bottom o...

A friend recently asked me what it was like to spend time in and photograph places in high energy areas - do I have experiences of spirituality while I'm there? 


Shrugging her off with a mumble about “I suck at writing - I keep meaning to, but I have a perpetual writer...

August 26, 2016

Happy National Park Centennial! (And Happy Birthday, Mr. President!)

We decided to take the day off on the Centennial to celebrate and headed out to our local National Park Site - which happens to be the Lyndon Baines Johnson State Park and National Historic Site. This...

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