Who are the National Park Travelers?

A list of the folks who have created profiles on the website. If you'd like to add yourself to this list, create an account, and after you've logged in, you can edit your biography.

  • Website: www.59nationalparks.com

    Twitter: @59nationalparks

    Email: 59nationalparks@gmail.com

    Business Name: Pics by Shelly LLC

    Telephone: 816.729.6610

    We are Don and Shelly Hafner from Kansas City, MO. We are professionals with advanced degrees. We have been married for 32 years. We have two adult sons and one grandson. We enjoy travelling together—always have. We have been to most of the states in the U.S. With this journey, we will complete one of our goals of going to all fifty. Additionally, we have travelled to numerous other countries including Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Venezuela, and the UK. We have visited most of the Caribbean. Our favorite spot outside of the United States is Barbados. We also enjoy photography, cooking and the Kansas City Royals. Gluttons for punishment, we know.

    Our dream to visit all of the US National Parks in a short period of time evolved unexpectedly, but quickly. We reviewed a number of ideas, spoke with a number of people, and tweaked our plan many times. We hope to present a message of freedom and spirituality. Please do not expect political messages—there won’t be any. Our purpose is not to develop a review site. Rather we expect to tell the story of what it is like for two people to plan and make such a trip. Our journey will have an element of surprise. We are not going to publish our travel plans in advance. Rather, we will blog about and share photographs as we get to each National Park. We will begin at Hot Springs National Park on April 1st, 2014. We know where and when we are going to reach National Park #59. That will be July 4th, 2015. Please follow along to learn where we will be.

    In addition to www.59nationalparks.com, we will be making extensive use of social media. Follow us on Twitter, Google+, Pintrest, and YouTube. Our primary blog will feature National Parks. In addition, we will have a blog called “The Excellent Adventures of Bubba and Lilly”. Bubba and Lilly are our dogs. This blog is primarily for children though we hope that it appeals to all. We believe it is important for children to value our National Parks and to develop a desire to travel. There is no better way to learn.

    59nationalparkscom is a business venture. What we are doing fits well with many categories. We will be offering our best National Park photographs for sale on the site—matted and framed. We are in search of one national sponsor. Categories that work well are, but no limited to:

    • · National campground companies.

    • · Camping gear and outfitters.

    • · Recreational vehicle companies.

    • · Travel and tour companies.

    • · Photography companies.

    • · Pet suppliers.

    We have a business plan to share with interested parties.

    We are strong supporters of small businesses who rely upon the National Parks to make a living. We will have a unique webpage for each National Park. We will be offering limited advertising space for each park we visit on our website. Categories here could be local restaurants, coffee shops, outfitters, RV supplies, photography shops and independent camp grounds.

    We are also interested in affiliate marketing partners to work with on our website.

    Along the way we will be available to the press for interviews and appearances. We are also very interested in sharing our experiences with school children. Contact us at the email or phone number listed above.

    Finally we want to thank our web developer Phil Singleton for his enthusiastic support and excellent work on www.59nationalparks.com. Look at his work and services here: http://kcwebdesigner.com/

    We so look forward to our journey and from hearing from those who follow along.

  • Avid hiker, and explorer in the southwest since 1995! Owner of Treks West Tours, offering adventure tours in the southwest and Alaska since 2011. Married to Sheila, reside in Mechanicsville, MD. Love the National Parks! Current favorite is Big Bend NP in Texas!

  • I live in the gateway boro of Medford Lakes, NJ. The Pinelands National Reserve is my backyard. We enjoy a rich history including the Lenni-Lenape Indians, profiteering and pirating during the American Revolution, and today, the world's best blueberries, cranberries, and tomatoes. But our best kept secret is 17-trillion gallons of pristine water beneath our sugar sand and dwarf pines. I, along with many other "Pineys" am here to protect this heritage and natural resource.

  • Dr. Patricia Owens is a retired history professor who lives in Illinois. She earned a Ph.D. in history from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a M.A. in American Studies from the University of Wyoming, a M.A. in history from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, a M.S. in forestry from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a B.A. in history and political science from Illinois State University.

    Dr. Owens has been a seasonal NPS employee at George Rogers Clark NHP and the Lincoln Home NHS. She worked two summers for Hamilton Stores in Yellowstone National Park, one summer for the Yellowstone Association and two summers in the Yellowstone Archives/Library. This past year she served as a member of the T. A. Moulton Barn Centennial Celebration Committee, Grand Teton National Park. Dr. Owens has published several articles and her areas of study and research are Lincoln and the American West.

  • Retired VA physician,

    now professional photographer and T shirt designer

  • Lisa Sasser has worked in preservation since 1972, beginning as a Museum Technician at the Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas. In 1977, she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Texas Tech University, completing as a thesis project, a Historic Structures Report and restoration plan for a post-1680 houserow at Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico. From 1979-1984 she was employed as a Historical Architect on the Northeast Team of the Denver Service Center, the centralized planning and design office of the National Park Service. In 1984, she entered the National Park Service preservation trades training program at the Williamsport Preservation Training Center (now HPTC) in Williamsport, Maryland. After completing the trades training program, she remained on the Training Center staff as a Supervisory Preservation Specialist and Senior Historical Architect. In 1993, she became the Assistant Chief Historical Architect for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. She worked in the Northeast Region of the National Park Service as a Project Manager and Facility Management Coordinator from 1996 until her retirement from the National Park Service in August 2009. She currently provides consulting, teaching and technical services for documentation, conservation, repair and maintenance of historic structures. Lisa is a founding member and past President of the Preservation Trades Network, and past President of the Timber Framers Guild.

  • Hank Miller

    Cell: 415.577.2420



    Education, Honors, and Certification

    MBA Studies - Golden Gate University, San Francisco

    Lifetime Teaching Credentials, California Community Colleges, Adult Education for the following disciplines:

    A. Distribution and Marketing

    B. Art and Design, including Photography - U.C.S.D., San Diego

    Certificate - New York Institute of Photography, New York, NY

    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Auburn University, AL


    Instructor in Digital Photography, SFSU OLLI, San Francisco, CA

    Instructor in Digital Photography, Tamalpais Community Education and College of Marin, CA

    Faculty, University of Hawaii at Hilo - Hawaii Community College, Digital Media Arts

    Instructor in Digital Photography, College of Marin Community Education

    Area Manager, Circlepix Virtual Tours, Sonoma and Marin Counties, CA

    Owner, Hank Miller Photography, Greenbrae, CA

    Regional Manager, Impact Imaging, UT

    Account Manager, ColorWise, CA

    District Manager, CRI, San Diego and San Francisco, CA

    District Manager, Knoll International, San Diego and San Francisco, CA

    Aviator, United States Navy

    Volunteer Work

    SERRA Equine Rescue, Petaluma, CA

    Giant Steps Therapeutic Riding School, Petaluma, CA

    Chair, Publicity Committee, Habitat for Humanity, local chapter

    Member, Disaster Action Team, American Red Cross

    Computer training, Swords to Plowshares, San Francisco

    St. Vincent De Paul, Veteran Advisor

    Veterans Medical Center - Photographic Art Therapist, San Francisco

    Selected Bibliography

    2010 New Mexico Madness, Lulu Press

    2009 Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Lulu Press

    2009 Hubbell Post, Lulu Press

    2008 Road Trip Southwest, Lulu Press

    2006 Digital Photography for Travelers Notebook, Lulu Press, 2006

    2006 The Admiral’s Son, Lulu Press, 2007

    2007 Vacation Bible School Dropouts, Lulu Press, 2006

    2002 I Like Being American, Doubleday, Michael Leech, “Touch Me-A Soliloquy” poem and “The Wall” photographic image.

    Major Exhibitions, Collections, and Internships

    Nantuck School of Art and Design (division of RISD), September, 2013

    Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, Artist in Residence, Spring, 2011

    Visiting Artist, American Academy of Rome, Italy, 2010

    Tubac Arizona Art Beyond the Lens Competition, 2010

    Panoramic Photography Exhibit, IAPP/IVRPA International Panoramic Photography Conference, 2010, Tuscon, AZ

    Guest Artist, Mabel Dodge Luhan House, Taos, NM, Fall, 2009

    Ghost Ranch, Santa Fe, NM, Artist in Residence, Fall, 2009/2010

    Hubbell Trading Post National Historical Site, Arizona, Exhibitor and Artist in Residence, Summer, 2009

    Marin IJ, Second Place, Color, 2008

    M.A.L.T., Ross, CA 1991

    Yosemite Institute: Guest Artist, Yosemite National Park, 1991

    Private Collection: Jessica Hall Interiors, Marin County, CA

    Private Collection: Eric Electronics, San Jose, CA

    Marin County Fair, 2002, Best of Class

    Private Collection: Rachelle Barber, San Rafael, CA

    Solo Exhibition, University of California at Riverside Art Museum, 2000

    Solo Exhibition, San Francisco Art Commission, 2001

    Solo Exhibition, Mill Valley Art Commission 2001

    Private Collection: Wayne Vic Brown, Novato, CA

    Marin County Fair, 1991, 92, 93, 95, 98

    Private Collection: B. Feichtmeir, San Francisco, CA

    Southern California Exposition, Del Mar, CA 1984

    Private Collection: The Runswicks, Danville, CA

    Solo Exhibition, Glad Hand Restaurant, Sausalito, CA 1969

    Course syllabi created and instructed:

    Digital Photography for Beginners

    Continuing Digital Photography

    Digital Photography for Travelers Workshop

    The Art of Seeing

    DLSR Beginning Photography

    Camera Walks: Sausalito, North Beach, Mission, Golden Gate Park, The Embarcadero, Presidio

  • Retired NPS ranger...34+ years. Worked at:

    National Mall

    C&O Canal

    Grand Teton


    Water Resources Division


    Santa Fe and Trail of Tears Natonal Historic Trails

    San Antonio Missions

    Everglades (again!)

    Glacier Bay

  • 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.