Hiking in the City? Yes!

Ah, hiking. It’s good for our mental health, physical well-being, and can put us deeply in touch with our most primal roots. But if you find yourself settling down or spending long periods of time in big cities, you may think that you can’t enjoy a nice hike along a well traveled trail. But this is misguided thinking. And no,… Read more →

Presidential Pastimes

On February 1, voters will caucus all across Iowa’s 99 counties and have the first impact on what has been a heated presidential primary for both major parties. By November, we will have a new President elect. All of this political business made me reflect on the fact that our presidents are people, just like their constituents. They have had… Read more →

shot of river at potomac park

6 Incredible River Parks

River Parks give us great way to do some exploring. Unlike a camping ground or familiar hiking expedition, a river park’s focus is activity around, well, a river. It provides an alternative means of reconnecting with nature, even though many of the parks have had some human alterations. However, this is often necessary. For instance, eliminating or refitting dangerous dams… Read more →

Exploring Idaho

Sometimes a good documentary will give you newfound appreciation for something you love. Like this one, about Idaho. I don’t know how often you think about this State, but learning about the geology in the area made something abundantly clear: the land is nature’s gift to us. Hiking is a time to explore the trails and really dive into something… Read more →

Exploring Roxborough State Park

When we go exploring, we want to tackle the biggest and best site we can. The more extreme, the better… right? Not so fast. Sometimes, the smaller parks that at first glance may not seem to offer much, are actually hidden gems. Case in point: Roxborough State Park. In this handy guide, Colorado Springs Independent provides a useful brief of the… Read more →

Great Basin National Park

For any outdoorsmen interested in exploring the beauty of the landscape of the Western United States, the options for places to camp, travel and hike are virtually limitless. There is so much incredible terrain out west and not nearly enough time to explore every nook and cranny.  However, for anyone venturing into the Southwestern States, the Great Basin National Park,… Read more →