When I was 12 years old, my parents took me out West, part of a great American tradition of touring crown jewel national parks. In the space of three weeks, we visited Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Yosemite, Zion, and Bryce Canyon. Ever since, I’ve been entranced by these repositories of our spectacular natural heritage. They inspired me to go West, where I’ve lived within day-hike distance of Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks for nearly 25 years. My idea of an excellent day is one spent in a national park, national forest, or wilderness area. The more I explore the wilderness outside, the more I learn about the wilderness within and connect with my inner adventurer. That’s what this blog is about.
My fascination with national parks led me to write a book about the history of North Cascades National Park, a little-known gem here in Washington state. Washington State University Press will publish Crown Jewel Wilderness: Creating North Cascades National Park in September 2017, just in time for the park’s 50th anniversary in 2018.
When I’m not writing or researching about the national parks, the Pacific Northwest, and environmental history, you can find me on a trail (usually with my favorite hiking partner, Mr. Adventure), reading, at a yoga class, or trying to self-regulate my time on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Potentially interesting information: I’m from New Jersey. This means that everything called a “bagel” in the Northwest is really just a piece of round, soft bread that aspires to be something like the genuine article but fails utterly.