U.S. national parks

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Hiking Half Dome

by Kim October 1, 2014

We hadn’t planned on hiking Half Dome but then I saw it with my own eyes, rising 5,000 feet above the Yosemite Valley, and thought, I have to go up there!

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Seven months in bear country and I’m still breathing

by Kim September 17, 2014

Though I slept with the bear spray next to me our first night in Yosemite I did not have to use it. Our camp neighbors left their cook stove out overnight so I figured the bears would eat them first anyway.

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Photos of Glacier National Park

by Kim September 2, 2014

We’ve just recently wrapped up two weeks in Montana. It is, hands down, one of our favorite states. Despite the rain, Montana has charmed us with her rugged mountains, sweeping valleys, ancient glaciers, moody skies and, yes, even with her grizzly bears.

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My essential car camping gear

by Kim July 21, 2014

It’s hard to believe that Brian and I have already been on the road for 4 months (only 90 days left!). I’ve put together my list of essential car camping gear. This is the stuff I’ll never camp without again.

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Lately. Scenes from Acadia National Park.

by Kim July 3, 2014

This time, I have tried to face the stress head on, to meet the discomfort, concern and the anxiety at the door, to swing the door wide open before it even knocks. I am trying to do the brave thing, to ask the hard questions. But I am filled with doubt.

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Our new home: The SylvanSport GO camping trailer

by Kim May 12, 2014

We are the proud new (albeit temporary) owners of a SylvanSport GO camping trailer because SylvanSport signed on as a sponsor of the Get Out More Tour. Yay!!!

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Reporting from the other side of our first presentation (WE SURVIVED!). Plus, a visit to Arches National Park.

by Kim March 31, 2014

It’s been just over a week since we hit the road. We’re at the beginning of a brand new adventure and I’m not sure how I feel. On one hand I feel a bit crazy because of the driving, the camping, the packing and unpacking, the wild moving around. It’s a bit of an effort to find my chi.

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Hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim

by Kim August 21, 2012

Our rim-to-rim hike in the Grand Canyon was the event that Brian and I based our whole summer road trip around. The three-day, two-night trek from the north rim to the south rim was hard but completely worth the effort.

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Backpacking the grand tetons

by Kim August 1, 2012

A four-day, three-night backpacking trip in one of America’s most beautiful National Parks.

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Arches and canyonlands national parks in pictures

by Kim July 25, 2012

I thought a lot about how to describe the beautiful landscape of Arches and Canyonlands National Park. In the end I thought it best to explain through pictures.

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To be outdoors

by Kim July 23, 2012

Since I left my cubicle job for a life of writing and traveling I spend my time outdoors. I know dusk in a way I haven’t known dusk since I was a child. I know mid-afternoon heat and evening thunderstorms. I know the value of being outdoors.

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Surviving grizzlies and hitchhikers in yellowstone national park

by Kim July 15, 2012

Yellowstone National Park is a breathtaking place filled with natural wonders- and grizzlies and hitchhikers too.

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Meet our hot rod

by Kim June 17, 2012

We’re driving 10,000 miles across the U.S. this summer in our beloved 18 year old clunker.

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Buttes and spires in Badlands National Park

by Kim June 4, 2012

Badlands National Park is located at the edge of the Great Plains, part of the largest undisturbed mixed-prairie rangeland remaining in the United States. The park is 244,000 acres of buttes, spires and rolling grasslands. The landscape is otherworldly.

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Bear goes to Mount Rushmore

by Kim May 30, 2012

Listen, when you tell your dog you’ll take her to Mt. Rushmore you can’t pretend like she didn’t hear you.

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Our summer road trip shapes up

by Kim March 7, 2012

Highlights of our upcoming U.S. road trip.

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