Whitesands National Monument only offers camping for backpackers, and we wanted to sleep indoors during the cold spell, so we needed to find another place to camp. John found a great state campground about a half-hour drive away, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. The park is nestled at the foot of the Sacramento Mountains, with a Read More →

Lincoln National Forest in New Mexico has two discontiguous regions; we camped in the Guadalupe Ranger District section before our visit to Guadalupe Mountains National Park, and after leaving the park we drove through the other section, which covers the Sacramento Mountain range. On our way through the mountains we stopped at a farm market Read More →

We drove many, many miles in just a couple weeks. I think it was 1800 miles in 13 days. We kept up the pace to get out of the north before winter fully hit. Arkansas is south enough that while the temperatures were cold at night, it was not too cold to keep the pipes Read More →

In addition to the 100 Mile Wilderness, there was one other section of the Appalachian Trail that I wanted to hike before leaving the east coast: the Presidential Traverse in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We headed to White Mountain National Forest from Bar Harbor. We arrived late on Saturday October 12, the middle of Read More →

I suggested to John that since we were in Maine, we should drive to the coast and eat lobster. Because that’s what you do in Maine. He agreed, so I suggested Bar Harbor. I knew nothing about Bar Harbor, but the name was in my mind as a famous tourist destination on the coast of Read More →

Leading up to arriving in Maine, I had feared that our timing was off and we would not be able to hike the 100 Mile Wilderness because it was too late in the season. Actually, we could not have picked a better time to hike it. We had amazing weather for a majority of the Read More →

In the final months of my graduate program, I started thinking about taking a once-in-a-lifetime trip to mark the accomplishment of earning a PhD. I dreamed of hiking on glaciers, and researched taking a trip to Alaska – I found week-long guided adventures hiking on glaciers and sea kayaking around them, which sounded perfect. But Read More →