Watching The Sun Rise On Cadillac Mountain

Out of all the places to watch the sunrise, what is the big deal about Cadillac Mountain? . . . It’s the first place to see the sunrise in the whole United States! Cadillac Mountain (in Acadia National Park in Maine) is able to boast this title due to not only being located in the…

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How To Spend A Weekend in Kings Canyon National Park

So by now you have already seen all my posts about Kings Canyon, breaking down each part into pieces and offering up specific details. And if you haven’t, you should, cause they’re awesome ;-). You know which trails to do and where to camp, but how do you put it all together? Of course there…

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Visiting the Easternmost Point of the United States

Welcome to the town of Lubec, Maine, nestled on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, and home to the easternmost point in the Unites States! Lubec is indeed so far north and east that it is practically in Canada. You can see Canada across the bay, and the whole time we were there our…

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Kings Canyon National Park: Tips and Packing List

“In the vast Sierra wilderness, far to the southward of the famous Yosemite Valley, there is yet a grander valley of the same kind. It is situated on the south fork of the Kings River, above the most extensive groves and forests of the giant sequoia, and beneath the shadows of the highest mountains in…

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This Is Halloween! Hiking to Pumpkin Rock

High in the hills of Norco overlooking the Jurupa Valley and the 15-freeway lives the iconic Pumpkin Rock. This hike is a seasonal favorite for locals, and it’s the perfect way to get into the Halloween spirit! I recently went on this hike and wrote a piece on it for Weekend Sherpa, so I won’t…

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Great Basin: Hiking Around Wheeler Peak

Obviously Wheeler Peak is awesome, but what else is there to do in the area if you’re not up for mountain climbing?

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Hiking Acadia’s Precipice Trail

For all my fellow adventurous souls out there, this one is for you. If you’re like me and seek out the most brag-worthy trails in all of the national parks, look no further. In Acadia National Park, it’s the Precipice Trail. In fact, this hike is actually classified as a non-technical climb. Why? Because you…

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Kings Canyon: Hiking in Grant Grove

So as I mentioned in my Scenic Drive Through Kings Canyon post, the park is split into two sections, with a big stretch of national forest dividing them. Grant Grove is the considerably smaller of the two, and also the more easily accessible and more frequented. But don’t let its smaller size fool you; some…

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Badlands National Park: Tips and Packing List

Called “Mako Sica” (“land bad”) by the Lakota, and “les mauvaises terres à traverser” (“bad lands to travel across”) by early French trappers, Badlands National Park has long been known to be a harsh and inhospitable environment. The parks 244,000 acres of land contain sharply eroded buttes, colorful spires and pinnacles, deep gorges, and sprawling…

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Hiking in Wind Cave National Park

While Wind Cave National Park is best known for having one of the longest and most complex caves in the world, it also has over 30 miles of hiking trails through rolling grasslands and prairies full of wildflowers. I don’t have much wisdom to impart on this topic cause, well, we only did one trail.…

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