Who are the National Park Travelers?

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  • Photography is my passion

    Travel is my love

    Music my constant companion............

  • I am a traveler. I suppose this is my spot.

    For most of my career I worked in marketing and most of that on an international basis. When several years back I decided I'd had enough of it I set out on my own to engage with the world in ways I had yet to explore. Problem was I wasn't sure where to start. My son unknowingly helped clarify things. You see he's the great outdoors type. Works for an adventure travel concern based in CA and when he's not actively on assignment he's out scouting new areas and testing out new gear. I enjoyed his stories and photographs and the physical challenge he was faced with on much a daily basis and so slowly began to adopt the concept myself.

    Of course I wasn't going to go to work for an adventure travel operation. I wasn't going to go to work for anyone. But I've always enjoyed documenting my travels in words and photographs and decided that if I combined that pleasure with an exploration of the US - which I had only really seen from 35,000 feet - it might serve to launch me on to a new path. All I needed was a little focus.

    My son's operation places its focus on parks: national, state and even a couple of city parks, using them as both destinations and waypoints. I figured if I adopted this idea it would work for me too. As a bonus I had a built-in expert consultant in the family.

    There were some skills I had to develop, hone or learn from scratch and so I set out to do that. The develop part was photography, so I found and hooked up with a couple of commercial photogs for that purpose. Even managed getting credentialed at an annual horse event in Lexington, KY. The honing part was writing. It's one of the few skills I've always considered myself good at but I'd never employed it in a photo-journalism mode. So I started reading the blogs and hooked myself up with an annual writer's conference in Taos. And the from scratch part? Well, that would be hiking and camping. And for that I threw myself upon my son's mercy for advice and a gear list.

    It all added up to a plan: travel to, photograph, and write about the 58 (update: now 59) US National Parks. And when not doing that shoot and write about anything I damn well please. Like most plans it hasn't turned out exactly as constructed but it has served to transform my life and fuel what has become a true passion. Since 2010 I've managed to visit 43 national parks and at least that many lesser monuments, scenic areas, rivers, historic parks, etc, mostly in US but also in CN. These have all been in the Lower 48 and I have only three let in that category - all in Florida. After that come the islands: Hawaii, Samoa and St John's. Then it gets tough: Alaska. Hopefully I'll finish up sometime in 2015. And then think about what comes next.

    I need all the help I can get in researching my destinations so I am very happy to have found National Parks Traveler.

    It's a good life!

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  • I've been covering environmental issues, including national parks, for The New York Times since 2003. But I've been hiking and camping in the parks for a lifetime, beginning with -- and always returning to -- Acadia, but also including Shenandoah, the Smokies and Yellowstone, Zion, Arches and Bryce Canyon, and more. A ten-day camping trip in Sequoia's southern Sierra awoke a sense of wonder and magic even in this slow, middle-aged slogger with a distaste for stream crossings. The work Kurt and others have done to make this site dynamic, interesting and analytical -- looking at the parks' landscapes and their management -- have been extremely helpful to my coverage, and my appreciation of other park-goers.

  • I'm a native Michigander with a love for biology, geology, and great scenery. One of my goals is to visit all 59 "National Parks." So far I've been to 28, as well as over 40 other NPS units. My adventures in nature can be seen on my blog at http://thelifeofyourtime.wordpress.com.

  • Retired in 1993 from a 27 year career in the National Park Service to have more time to climb mountains.

  • Raised in South Florida, Jim W. Harper is a citizen of the world, having lived abroad in Sweden, England, Switzerland, and Kuwait and having traveled on six continents, including a five-month independent trek across East Asia.

    An environmental communications consultant and journalist with more than 20 years of experience, he is pursuing a masters of science in environmental studies. He was awarded a scholarship by the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. He’s a regular contributor to Swimmer magazine and a double columnist for Miami's Biscayne Times, including “Park Patrol,” a rating system for local parks. He may be the world's only professional local park critic.

    In 2011 he studied the Deepwater Horizon (BP) Oil Spill in Louisiana at the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting, and he also completed Cooper Fellow Training for climate communicators at the University of Miami. In 2006 he was selected for the Scripps-Howard Seminar for Environmental Journalism, and in 2002 he traveled across Paraguay as part of a Traveling Fulbright Program for educators. A member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, he holds a masters degree in mass communication.

    Areas of Interest: Coastal and urban environment; sustainability; marine conservation; coral reefs; environmental attitudes; public outreach; journalism; international relations; essay writing; experiential education; sustainable seafood; cross-cultural relations; English as a Second Language; human health; competitive swimming.

  • I am a long time resident of the Intermountain West just outside of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. I moved to the area to work as an environmental scientist, but my passion for nature eventually led me to nature photography. I now spend some time travelling each year to other national parks, but my fondness for Yellowstone and the Tetons dictates that I spend ample time in my home parks each year.

    Feel free to look at some of my work at Norrell Gallery of Photographic Art, Teton Art, and Yellowstone Photo Art. Also, I'd love a visit on Facebook.

  • Love and support our National Parks.

  • Hiking is one of the most enjoyable and accessible activities on the planet and I can be regularly found along trails in our state and national parks. Retired since 1997, I continue to search for rare/unusual wildflowers while enjoying the solitude and beauty so easily found in our national parks.

    Photography is one of my passions and 15 years of photography in the great outdoors has produced a digital collection of over 60,000 photos which I have individually cataloged with descriptions and keywords for ease of searching. During the winter season I frequently find myself spending an hour or more each day catching-up on the backlog of cataloging from the previous season of hiking. By the time spring rolls around each year my ability to recognize even the most obscure wildflower is at its peak (and goes downhill rapidly until the next winter cataloging season).

    Scuba diving is another passion and I've fallen in love with the enormous diversity found in waters around Indonesia where the healthly reefs are still easy to find (unlike the Caribbean where bleaching is widespread). Unfortunately, I'm not in love with the 20+ hours of travel required to get to Indonesia from my home in East Tennessee so I'm always looking for places to dive where the reefs are healthy and the flight times are short.

    I've done quite a lot of long-distance bicycle touring (self-supported). Rides of two weeks or longer have included the Oregon & California coasts, NW Washington & Vancouver Island, Jasper/Banff/Glacier NP's, Nova Scotia & Newfoundland (full length of each), and the toughest: Blue Ridge Parkway (south to north).

    Woodworking is another passion and periodically I'll get the in mood to design and build a large piece of furniture.

    Meanwhile, I'm looking forward to hiking in our national parks with my favorite destinations being the Smokies, Glacier, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Everglades.

  • Avid Hiker from North Carolina. Currently planning a Thru Hike on the Appalachian Trail in 2014.

  • CEO of Travelerrr.com, love to read up on travel related articles!

  • Don Fox worked with the National Park Service for nearly 40 years completing master plans, facility designs, and interpretive plans for 13 national parks. He was park landscape architect at Yosemite from 1974 to 2006, a member of the 1980 General Management Plan team, and served as Accessibility Coordinator, and Pacific Western Region Accessibility Program Manager.

    He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Architecture, completed advanced studies in Urban and Regional Planning at University of Colorado, is an American Society of Landscape Architects Fellow and lives in Mariposa, CA.

    Don currently works with public agencies, resort and tourism managers, private businesses, and organizations to conduct comprehensive inspections of facilities, prioritize program delivery strategies, and design solutions that comply with accessibility laws, universal design principles, and best practices to accommodate the needs of visitors with hearing, visual, mobility, and cognitive disabilities.

  • I've been a public advocate since September 2005 for a Grand Public Place at Fort Monroe, Virginia, based on a hybrid, innovatively structured national park optimizing both the historic landscape and the enrichment opportunities for Virginia and the country -- including financial, historical, cultural, environmental, architectural and recreational enrichment. In 2006 I co-founded Citizens for a Fort Monroe National Park. Please see http://www.fortmonroenationalpark.org/ . In my day job I serve as a media analyst for a national scientific organization and write a media column for the organization's online magazine.

  • I am a nationally recognized artist specializing in conceptual renderings and landscape paintings. In 1993 Amtrak featured my painting of the new Olympia, Washington, station on its corporate calendar, an achievement that led to my rail art being recognized nationally.

    I continue to produce commissioned works for Amtrak, including the commemorative centennial paintings of Washington D.C. Union Station (2008) and Glacier National Park (2010). My most recent work is a collection of vignettes celebrating Amtrak’s 40th anniversary in 2011.

    My work has been published in various papers and journals, such as the Arizona Republic, Denver Post, and USA Today, National Parks Magazine, Audubon and books such as Alfred Runte’s Allies of the Earth: Railroads and the Soul of Preservation and Trains of Discovery: Railroads and the Legacy of Our National Parks.

  • I'm a senior at Carleton College in Minnesota and hope to land a career working in the conservation sector.

  • Have traveled to all the 57 major national parks and many of the other national parks throughout the national park system.

    Do I have a favorite/No because each and every park has it's own unique natural wonder about it.

    Have I had some special memories about certain parks/Yes

  • I'm Professor Emeritus in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology at University of California Santa Barbara; president and founder of The Center for the Study of the Environment; and professor of biology at George Mason University, New York, New York

  • I run http://www.campoutcolorado.com/. Camp Out Colorado is full of great tips and tricks for camping that every camper needs to know. The camping enthusiasts who write for Camp Out Colorado are based in Colorado so we also have a special focus on in-depth, personal, and detailed reviews of campgrounds and camping conditions in Colorado.

    I love the National Parks, State Parks and just about any other places out in nature where I can enjoy everything the outdoors has to offer.

  • I am professional photographer living in the Washington DC region. Recently, I published a photo book called Potomac River Gorge. It is the culmination of many years exploring one of the lesser known gems of our National Park Service.

  • I heart National Parks.

  • I'm a student at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and have been involved with two interships through the Student Conservation Association.

  • I can remember far back to my first visit to a National Park. That was Yosemite when I was in College and believe me I have never been the same. I have been blessed over the years to have visit over 20 different parks, and as well I have worked in five. It is hard to describe the impact parks have had on my life, yet for sure it is huge. They have changed me forever and the gratitude I have is filled with love and respect. I have worked in Denali, Zion, Glacier in Montana , Mt.Rainier and Kenai Fjords. Every park is so unique and offers visitors an inside view of nature and wild places that will surely touch your heart as they have mine.

    As a Travel writer, Artist and budding hopefully Pro-photographer I could spend hours going on about my experiences. What has touched me the most is the fragile, the up close and personal and the vastness of our parks, they are so special in my heart. One thing for sure is each experience has given me inspiration to want more, crave more. One of my favorites is Katmai in Alaska, I can remember descending on the plane and seeing dozens of Brown bears fishing in the river below, it took my breath away, Wow is all I can say. Anyway, that is me, Whale Geek, Nature dork, anything park and I just keep wanting more.

  • Barbara J. Moritsch worked for the National Park Service as an ecologist and interpretive naturalist in five western parks. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in natural resources and environmental science, and currently lives in Eagle, Idaho with her husband Tom, two cats, two dogs, and three horses. She is the author of The Soul of Yosemite: Finding, Defending, and Saving the Valley's Sacred Wild Nature.

  • As an environmental photojournalist, I explore nature and wildlife destinations around the world, but consider working at the Grand Canyon as one of the most rewarding times of my life.

    I've published articles and photography with National Wildlife, Sierra Club, and Wildlife Conservation publications and written an iTunes/Android app guide to the Grand Canyon and Flagstaff.

  • Kati Schmidt is a Senior Media Relations Manager with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA). Since 1919, NPCA has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System. NPCA, its more than 750,000 members and supporters, and many partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for generations to come. Kati works out of NPCA's San Francisco office and spearheads media outreach efforts for NPCA's Alaska, Northwest, and Pacific regional offices.

    Kati has a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Human Resources Management from California State University, Chico. Prior to joining NPCA, Kati worked wtih a wide range of organizations and clients on awareness and advocacy campaigns.

    Outside of her professional work, Kati enjoys visiting national parks, traveling, cooking, and hiking – both the steep hills of San Francisco and beyond. Kati grew up visiting national parks with her family, incluing a three month road trip across the country, visiting sites ranging from Sequoia to Acadia, when she was 8 years old!

  • 12/15/2013: I and my wife Barb, currently live in Indpls, In. Both of us have lived here all our lives. We've been married over 20 years, and have several grandchildren. I'm a retired member of the U.S. Army. I reitred in Jan. 1999. I now work for the state of Indiana, in the Department of Enviormental Managment. I have work for Indiana 13 years and intend to retire in about 2 1/2 years. We enjoy traveling and seeing the sites, fishing, eating out. grand kids since they range for age 28 to 20 months at this time. So hello to all, who enjoy our National Parks, they are a wonderful places to visit and love. Take your grandchildren teach them to respect that which has been set aside and let them learn to love the treasures that our national parks offer to all of us.

  • A good board shop is more than four walls, a roof, and some snowboard gear for sale. It’s a place you can go to rap with other snowboarders, swap stories about last weekend’s dumpfest, and, most importantly, cut through the sales crap and get the real scoop on the toys you’re drooling over. Dogfunk gives the board shop experience to anyone who wants it. We’re a bunch of shredheads with diverse styles and tastes, so we don’t just carry the biggest brands like Burton, DC, and Rome, but we’re constantly adding obscure brands you can’t find anywhere else, likeCapita, Airblaster, StepChild, and Holden. We want to support the underground.

    Since we’re based in Utah, home to some of the world’s best riders and the Greatest Snow On Earth, our crew knows more than a little about snowboarding, and they’re more than stoked to gab for hours about it. But here’s where shit gets crazy: in the whole “kick-ass board shop” spirit, we felt that you should be able to talk to everyone in the Dogfunk world, not just those of us who work here.

    That’s where the Dogfunk Community Project comes in. Want an opinion about a board or a jacket? Post a question and get an answer from someone who actually owns it—someone who doesn’t get paid to give you an answer. Share your snowboarding insights with noobs, post photos, or call out practically perfect or basically B.S. products by writing a reviews. Then update your profile so others out there know what you’re into and why they should give a damn what you think.

    Dogfunk.com—welcome to an insanely awesome board shop experience. And as for the name, don’t ask us what it means.

  • Cathy Bell is a naturalist and writer who has worked at Yellowstone and Badlands National Parks. She recently completed her master's degree in the Field Naturalist program at the University of Vermont. Follow her blog, Homelandscapes.

  • Following a career as a police officer, I turned to photographing and writing about nature. My entry into photography and journalism came accidentally, after many years of injury and surgeries, one of which became infected and entered my brain.

    Once home from the hospital, I discovered that I no longer knew how to boil water, despite having been a chef in different restaurants. The tradeoff was discovered when I began to move forward and commit myself to writing. Two publishers, in different states, loved the photos I took to accompany my stories and they encouraged me to more fully pursue photography. I was no longer a terrific cook, but suddenly I could take photos!

    My love for national parks began with a trip to Mount Rainier National Park during the reopening of the Paradise Lodge in 2008 and grew until I no longer could stay home in the city. After a month-long camping trip to Glacier, Yellowstone, and Grand Teton national parks, I sold everything and moved into a 1970s model, 17-foot-travel trailer (since upgraded to 21' and newer) and left on a journey to see the parks.

    During the past 27 months I've visited several parks and have volunteered at Yosemite and North Cascades national parks. Currently, the trailer is parked and I've found warm winter accommodations just outside the North Gate to Yellowstone, where I plan to stay until May 2013.

    I travel alone, though I have four grandchildren and two sons who live in Idaho. You can view my work at Deby Dixon Photography. You also can get to know Deby visiting her Facebook page.