Reviewing Lessons to Move Forward

In June of 2015, I packed up all of my belongings and moved them into a storage unit in New York City for the summer. My dog, Kenobi, and I got into a rental car and started our trip out West. In preparation, I had mapped out all of the National Forests where we'd stay,... Continue Reading →

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Making It Happen

It's time. What seemed to be a catastrophe is really an opportunity. Time is now on my side to tackle not the Ultimate Road Trip, but the The Optimal U.S. National Parks Centennial Road Trip.¬†Yes, this one was created by Randal S. Olson, too and includes stops at 47 National Parks. Perfect! Again, he states... Continue Reading →

Full Day of Hiking

We were not up very early, but got a great start on the day's hiking. After filling up on breakfast, we prepared for the entire day out on trails. That means Kenobi was carrying a full back pack (Ruffwear Approach Full-Day Hiking Pack for Dogs, Orange Poppy (2017), Medium) with his water, treats, baggies, and... Continue Reading →

Gooseberry Falls, MN

Kenobi and I headed north on Thursday, September 7, 2016 to camp and hike along the North Shore in Minnesota. It was a long, but beautiful drive from Chicago, through Wisconsin, past Duluth to our first stop, Gooseberry Falls campground. Thunderstorms were predicted, so I was anxious to get the tent up and fasten a... Continue Reading →

Day One at the Falls

Our first day out, we walked to Niagara Falls National Park. It's about an eight-minute walk from the Hanover House. We wandered the entire walking trail on the U.S. Side. Not much of a hike, but a really nice walk. We started around Goat Island, ventured out across Three Sister's Islands and back, and continued... Continue Reading →

Thinking Through the Ultimate Road Trip

Here's the map of the 13, 699 mile route: Photo: Randy Olson/Google Maps Here's the list of landmarks to visit: Grand Canyon, Arizona Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah Craters of the Moon, Idaho Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Pikes Peak, Colorado Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico The Alamo, Texas The Platt Historic District, Oklahoma Toltec... Continue Reading →

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