Jump Creek Falls

When I told my wife there was a waterfall less than 20 miles from our house, I don’t think she believed me. Nampa is, afterall, rather flat. Maybe not West Texas flat, but it’s in the ballpark. Plus it is a bit of an arid desert and only has water because of a massive irrigation…

Halverson Lake

I lived in Nampa for roughly eight years and yet never seemed to do any outdoors activities when I was here. And it is not because of a lack of things to do. I heard a statistic recently that 80 percent of all roads in Idaho are unpaved. If you want to get away from…

Missouri’s Elephant Rocks State Park

It wouldn’t be a vacation for me without some sort of hike. So when I found myself in St. Louis recently visiting my good friend, Chris, his girlfriend, Jenna, wanted to take us to this strange rock formation located in southeast Missouri. While winding your way through dense forests of deciduous trees you start to…

A little push goes a long way

Sometimes in life, you just need a push. I went to Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park recently, when my sister-in-law Tori’s best friends – Tabitha and Cody – were in town from Texas. Like a good Washingtonian, when out of town visitors show up, I immediately took them to the mountain. My goal was…

Trail of the Shadows: Mt. Rainier National Park

The past four years, my family has used Longmire as a pit stop on the way to Paradise. When visiting Mt. Rainier National Park it is easy to overlook the Longmire area as it is pretty – but not as pretty as the aptly named Paradise. While camping at Big Creek Campground recently, we decided…

Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve

Guillemot Cove Nature Reserve is one of those hidden treasures that rewards the erstwhile traveler willing to wind around the Kitsap Peninsula to its parking lot. The Cove, a former estate for an area family, sits on the northwestern side of the Kitsap Peninsula and features everything a hiker could want – stunning alder trees, huge…