Retired NPS ranger...34+ years. Worked at:
Water Resources Division
Santa Fe and Trail of Tears Natonal Historic Trails
San Antonio Missions
Retired NPS ranger...34+ years. Worked at:
Water Resources Division
Santa Fe and Trail of Tears Natonal Historic Trails
San Antonio Missions
Originally from Virginia I made my way to Utah for the Greatest Snow on Earth but ended up staying for the Rivers, the Desert and the Mountains. I've been working at Holiday River Expeditions for 22 years. I love working with Kurt and National Parks Traveler. I have a strong appreciation for the quality news, information and service he provides for the public, the parks and outfitters alike. We are continuing our partnership through the Essential Paddling Guide. If you have questions about our trips in Dinosaur National Monument or Canyonlands National Park, I'm your girl.
Avid hiker, love the Rocky Mountains and love our national parks!
AUSTIN R. PICK was born in North Carolina and has traveled widely while pursuing an interest in contemplative practice and a love of the world's wild places. Austin writes both fiction and nonfiction, and his work has appeared in Pleiades, Metazen, Adbusters Magazine and elsewhere. He now lives in Colorado.
Austin is an Eagle Scout, and began backpacking at a young age. It's become one of his goals to visit all of America's National Parks, and he maintains an ongoing list with links to photos and more here. True to his Carolina heritage, Austin is also a devotee of all things BBQ, but cheeseburgers are an acceptable substitute when coming in off the trail. Austin's website is www.FudoMouth.net, and he can be found on Twitter as @FudoMouth.
Born in Eugene, Oregon, attended high school in St. Croix Falls, Wisconsin and Augustana Academy in Canton, S.D., college at Dana College, Blair, Neb. and Iowa State U. in Ames, Ia. Served in U.S.Navy, Pacific theatre during world war II. My working career was in the National Park Service (Zion, Carlsbad Cavers, Grand Canyon, C & O Canal (the first Ranger assigned to this new park) Petrified Forest, Rocky Mountain, Arches - Canyonlands (the second Chief Ranger of this new National Park), Superintendent of Dinosaur, Assistant (now designated as Deputy)Regional Director of Midwest Region in Omaha, NB. prior to creation of Intermountain Region, State Director for State of Utah, Superintendent of Glacier National Park.
Traveling like turtles, slowly and deliberately, we have wandered together since 2004. With no cure for an insatiable wanderlust and an undeniable need to live life to the fullest, TurtlesTravel blog is a place to reflect on newly-discovered places, people and ideas . . somewhere for like-minded people to meet, explore and be inspired!
Photographer and founder of Blue Ridge Parkway Daily. I live in Johnson City, TN and love these mountains!
Conservation Director, Wild Sheep Foundation, Cody, WY
I'm only a wayward 20-something, but I have visited 103 national park units and never plan to stop. An avid traveler and an amateur photographer, I get itchy if I haven't used my passport in more than 6 months (it's been almost two years!). My base camp is currently in Lander, WY, where I work for a conservation non-profit and moonlight as a librarian. I plan to be a professional intern for at least the next 20 years. Less stress. I also love trying to convince people that cultural resources are an integral part of natural resources management, though often it's a losing battle.
I worked for the National Park Service for 23 years - beginning as a seasonal interpreter at Mesa Verde National Park and ending as superintendent of Chaco Culture National Historical Park - and completed my federal service with seven years as chief of visitor service at the Bureau of Land Management's Anasazi Heritage Center near Dolores, Colorado, retiring at the end of 1995. I later edited the weekly "Mancos Times" newspaper from 1999 to 2006. My wife, Sandy Feutz, and I moved to Silver City, New Mexico , in 2010, where, as FeVa Fotos, we share our joy of picture-taking through prints and cards.
A seven-year Student Conservation Association veteran, my work with the organization influenced my decision to gain a degree in conservation biology. My SCA programs have taken me from Cape Cod National Seashore to Colorado National Monument and back east to Gateway National Recreation Area.
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!
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.
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