Tag Archives: Adventure Travel

Primitive Camping at the Dry Tortugas

Ideally, the route along The Greatest American Road Trip should coincide with park seasonality. While we would love to be able to visit the national parks when they are at their best in terms of weather, there are simply too many to visit during the span of one year to make this possible. Even places in sunny […]

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Volunteer for a Day, Biscayne National Park

Living 95% under water, Biscayne National Park is certainly one of the most unique and unusual parks in the system. You don’t enter through a gated entrance as you do at so many other parks, but by sea. If you are not paying attention, you might miss the moment when you first dip your toe […]

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Backcountry Camping: Everglades National Park

Islands covered in mangrove trees, with their wrangling and tyrannical roots, are not made for walking on or pitching a tent if you get lost among them. They are also very difficult to navigate—even with a nautical map, compass, GPS, and coordinates to guide you. We decided our GPS didn’t work crossing mile 8 on […]

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I’m Going to Every U.S. National Park During 2016…

59 parks in 52 weeks  –  that’s fewer than one per week  —  and it’s all happening by road, save a few plane rides to reach island destinations. Everybody I’ve told seems genuinely excited for me. I am excited for me. And I am excited for Jon, my sig-O and better half, with whom I’ve […]

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DC’s Best Day Hike: Billy Goat Trail

Published First on RootsRated.com The Billy Goat Trail near Great Falls is easily one of the best nature hikes near DC. It’s especially worthwhile if you’re looking to get a half-day dose of the outdoors and some exercise without the commitment of driving too far outside of DC, northern Virginia, or southern Maryland. There are three main trails—A, […]

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A perfect rainbow over Saint Andrews Bay, South Georgia

South Georgia Island – The Land That Time Forgot

I started writing this article and found myself discussing the general history of South Georgia. While the basics of this lost-at-sea island are fascinating, at least I think they are, I know that what my adventurous readers are here for is a taste of the experience! So I’m going to share four that blow any overview out […]

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Hoisting a National Geographic / Lindblad Expeditions flag on the Antarctic continent with explorer Peter Hillary — life can be surreal. (Credit: Jonathan Irish)

Explorer Peter Hillary, The Earthquake in Nepal, and a Moment in Antarctica

This is me goofing off with explorer Peter Hillary — hoisting a flag as if we are conquering the great white continent after a wild expedition… Peter is probably most commonly recognized as the eldest son of the first man to summit Mt. Everest, Sir Edmund Hillary. They were the first father/son to both climb […]

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Travelers on a zodiac boat exploring the South Shetland Islands with Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic on the Antarctica, South Georgia, Falkland Islands adventure

Antarctica — Land of Sea and Ice

On February 24, 2015, I posted this to social media: “I’m leaving Antarctica today. But not before stopping to see where Shackleton’s men lived before being rescued and seeing a leopard seal kill.” Rewriting this now, this post reads as fiction. But this type of experience truly is par for the course in the land […]

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The mountain god (or Apu), Salcantay

The Other Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Nevado Salcantay

If you are an adventurer, chances are that you either dream of hiking, or have hiked, the famous Inca Trail. Did you know, though, that there are many “Inca Trails”— thousands of kilometers, in fact — that lead into and around the ancient city of Machu Picchu? If you are seeking quick passage or an […]

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