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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

November 2017 – We took a quick trip to Philadelphia for Thanksgiving.  After our early flight, we took the train to our hotel and dropped our bags and took a power nap before heading out into the cold, dry air. … Continue Reading →

Yellowstone National Park

August 2017 – We spent three nights in the park, sandwiched between visits to Grand Teton National Park.  The scenery in Yellowstone was so amazing, it was hard to believe we were still on the same planet, let alone in the… Continue Reading →

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming – Part 2

August 2017 – We closed out our visit to Wyoming by returning to Grand Teton NP for the last two nights.  After the crowds of Yellowstone, we were grateful to escape to this quieter park and enjoy some hiking.  We… Continue Reading →

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming – Part 1

August 2017 – Flying into Jackson Hole’s tiny but efficient airport, we were already amazed at the scenery surrounding us.  We picked up our rental car for the next week and grabbed a late lunch in Moose before heading north… Continue Reading →

Lake Louise & Moraine Lake, Alberta

July 2017 – We spent our last full day in Alberta hiking & canoeing at Lake Louise and visiting Moraine Lake.  Since our cabin was only a mile away from Lake Louise, we walked uphill to the lake to avoid… Continue Reading →

Athabasca Glacier Walk, Icefields Parkway, & Yoho National Park, Alberta

July 2017 – We checked out of our room at Sunwapta and headed south to the Icefield Centre.  Across the street and up a drive is the parking lot for the Athabasca Glacier.  I had dressed in layers – a… Continue Reading →

Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

July 2017 – After an exhausting previous day and evening, the alarm came too early for us to get ready for Maligne Lake.  The promise of one of the best places to see wildlife in Jasper National Park was motivation… Continue Reading →

Driving the Icefields Parkway, Alberta

June 2017 – After a long day of flying (had to get up at 3am Eastern), we arrived at the Calgary airport at 12:30pm (Mountain Time).  The airport is super efficient and we were in our rental car and on… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: Sandals & Boots

First we tried Keen sandals.  After two years of hard use in Florida environments, the shoes were still going strong.  We then added Keen hiking boots into the mix for our trips north and into rockier environments.  I’ll review each… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: Hydration Packs & Bags

One aspect of our adventures that has taken a lot of tweaking is in the area of bags and hydration packs.  Because of this, we have accumulated several bags over the years (some of which we use for different purposes)…. Continue Reading →

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