Marmots, mountain goats, and bears — oh my! Testing gear and stamina on an overnight trip to Berkeley Park at Mount Rainier National Park.
Beat the crowds and the heat. Head to Sheep Lake and Sourdough Gap for close-up wildflowers and distant volcanoes.
“We’re going camping this weekend. I don’t know where, but I’ll figure it out and let you know.” That was the ultimatum I texted to Mr. Adventure on Friday morning. After what seemed like several weeks of deadlines and driving and pickups and drop-offs and more driving and more deadlines, I was overcome by a powerful urge to just get the hell outside. Preferably on a high trail, and preferably somewhere I could sleep under the stars. And — I can’t believe I’m writing this, but it’s true — I hadn’t been to Mount Rainier, my go-to park, my happy…
The election means an assault on our public lands. What can we do about it?
The National Park Service celebrates its centennial this year, even as it grapples with overcrowding, vandalism, lack of funding, and internal issues. I offer three books about the national parks that remind us why they are America’s best idea.