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.

  • My name is David "The Adventurer" Emerson and I am a graphic artist from Connecticut. As the name suggests, I love adventures! Just last week I went mountain climbing with some of my friends. I first became really interested in hiking when my father, Joshua "The Original Adventurer" Emerson, took me to Case Mountain located at Manchester when I was seven years old on my birthday. It was a pretty easy climb (difficult for me, of course). Since then, I spent my free time browsing through custom essays, novels, and documentations of mountain explorers.

    I am looking for trek buddies to come with me on my next trios as my best friend who always come with me is currently out of the country. Anyone interested? I will be trying Bear Mountain next.

  • Jessica Jones is Coordinator of National Public Lands Day for the National Environmental Education Foundation. National Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance public lands. Visit www.publiclandsday.org or contact her at

    Jessica received her Bachelor's degree in environmental science from the University of Maryland at College Park and her Master's in environmental education from NYU. Before working on NPLD, Jessica was the Senior Coordinator of the Wildlife Watch program for the National Wildlife Federation.

  • Greg Tanner originally hailed from Northern California but eventually found himself stuck in Salt Lake City, Utah. It turned out alright, however, since he is still close to an amazing array of parks, peaks, deserts and wilderness areas. Greg studied biology and geology in college but disappointed his family when he switched paths to a career in the media arts. A circuitous path its been, too, but for the last several years he has worked for Park City Magazine, Sun Valley Magazine, Aspen Sojourner, Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine and Colorado Summit Magazine. He is a devoted hiker and enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, rafting, kite-boarding and skiing. Hammocks and deck chairs too...especially when they have a view and easy access to a cold one. Greg has been known to hug trees and dance naked, but so far NationalParksTraveler has refused to publish these photographs. He's been to many of the nation's parks and monuments, and visited natural habitats in several other parts of the world. His favorite spot, however, is the front porch of his cabin - situated at 9200 feet elevation in the Uinta mountains.

  • I retired in January 2008 following working more than 32 years as a National Park Ranger. I started my career as a seasonal interpreter conducting living history programs. Once a permanent employee, I worked as a commissioned law enforcement ranger, naturalist, wildland firefighter, resource manager, search and rescue manager, supervisor, and manager. My last position was as the Ridge District Ranger on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

    My interest in supporting and promoting national parks remains a focus even in retirement. One example of these efforts is my volunteer work as an environmental educator at Boxerwood Gardens Nature Center. The program is oriented toward the State of Virginia's standards of learning. My personal objective is to get students interested in the outdoors and eventually national parks.

    I have also just completed writing a book based on my experiences working in national parks. I have also included messages about very real threats to our parks and what citizens can do to assist those stewards who have the responsibility to protect our treasures found in national parks. The book is titled "A Park Ranger's Life: True Stories from Thirty Two Years Protecting Our National Parks." It should be available by early November. For more information check my blog at www.aparkrangerslife.blogspot.com.

  • A South Carolina native, Bobby Magill writes from Fort Collins, Colorado, where he lives an hour away — and within view of — Rocky Mountain National Park.

  • Donna Childress has been playing outside for most of her life. Her parents first took her to Shenandoah National Park to see the peaks and smell the rhododendrons at age 5. Since then, she has spent many happy hours in various parks hiking, running, taking pictures, and simply enjoying the peace and clarity that being surrounded by nature brings.

    When Donna is inside, she runs the business she founded in 2001, Childress Communications. A writer and online strategist, she works on projects that help nonprofits and government agencies spark positive change for people and the planet. She also covers planet-friendly events and issues for the city blog We Love DC.

  • Montana Native. Wildland Firefighter. Mountaineer. Backpacker. Ultralighter. Committed to a Labrador.

  • Full-time photographer with a broad range of work in travel, nature, adventure, and large format photography.

    First (and only ?) to have photographed each of the 58 US National Parks in large format.

  • Hi! I'm an environmental scientist in southern CA. My work is mostly associated with freshwater aquatic life - yes, there are still some significant freshwater habitats in so CA, but not much. I have done some extensive back country hiking in and around Grand Canyon but have been spending most of my hiking time in recent years at the Mojave Preserve. I'm new to the group and welcome any feedback or contact. I look forward to hearing from you and contributing where I can.

  • Hullo park & preserve visitors.
    I was just enjoying Chokoloskee & Everglades City in far, far South Florida. (I Know, I know - summer!)
    So I would like to mention that I also send folks to other Florida national park sites in my book Scenic Driving Florida.

    One such gem is in the far northeast roof of the state, straddling both sides of the long & historic St. Johns River. This is the Timucuan Ecological & Historic Preserve.

    I return to the Everglades/ Big Cypress, to tell, for children ages 8 & up, the picture book biography story of Seminole Leader Betty Mae Jumper, titled She Sang Promise, with an afterword directly written to children by Moses Jumper, Jr. It is out March 2010 from National Geographic.

    Like many travelers, my husband & I are always drawn to the human stories along the routes in nature that we visit.

    In Florida, with the Timucuans & Calusas, the Ais that fished at what we know as Canaveral National Seashore, & the Apalachee near the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge in the Big Bend, that can be thinking about people who traveled in the region 10,000 years ago.

    Like us, they enjoyed the shellfish, and piled the discarded oyster, clam & scallop shells up into heaps that became 1940s road fill. Some of the trash piles remain, such as Turtle Mound and also Seminole Rest in the Canaveral National Seashore on the state's east coast. Other mounds the early people created were burial sites & it is unfortunate that many of those were destroyed.

  • Retired from the NPS. At the time of retirement was the Service's national cave and karst program coordinator and the acting director of the National Cave and Karst Research Institute (NCKRI). Currently serving on the Board of Directors of NCKRI. An Honorary Life Member and a Fellow of the National Speleological Society; a Fellow of the Cave Research Foundation; a former director and now honorary director of the American Cave Conservation Association and a former board member of the Karst Waters Institute.

  • Not much to tell about myself in this venue, other than I am getting ready to start enjoying our National Parks in my coming retirement!

  • I'm the Everglades Team Leader for Audubon of Florida. As such, I'm responsible for managing and coordinating Audubon's Everglades restoration policy and science efforts.

    I currently serve on the South Florida Water Management District's (SFWMD) Water Resources Advisory Commission. Previously, Jacquie served on the SFWMD's Water Savings Incentive Program selection committee and the SFWMD's Water Conservation Summit stakeholders panel.

    In 2006, I graduated from the University of Miami where I earned both a J.D. from the School of Law and a M.A. in Marine Affairs and Policy from the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. I was admitted to the Florida Bar in October 2006.

    I can be reached at .

  • Andrea Keller Helsel is Senior Director, Media Relations for the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association--the nation's leading voice for the national parks.

    An expert in advocacy and nonprofit communications, Andrea is accredited in public relations, and has earned a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University and a B.A. in Communications from Loyola College in Maryland.

    An avid fan of our national parks (especially Acadia!), Andrea tweets at twitter.com/akellerhelsel

  • I am the author of Lewis and Clark Road Trips: Exploring the Trail Across America, which features over 800 destinations. The eastern trail, as well as the southern trail (New Orleans and the Death of Meriwether Lewis) are included.

    There are many National Park Service sites, and Native American destinations. We traveled over 8,000 miles on the trail, and it took six years to write. It was published in 2006. The destinations are on facing pages with custom maps and driving directions.

    My new book, The Death of Meriwether Lewis: A Historic Crime Scene Investigation by James E. Starrs and myself was published in April, 2009. Professor Starrs will be the leader of the exhumation team if permission is obtained to exhume the remains of Meriwether Lewis, as the Lewis family descendants have asked. See their website, www.solvethemystery.org and the websites for the two books, www.lewisandclarkroadtrips.com and www.deathofmeriwetherlewis.com.

    You may also subscribe to my monthly email newsletter, Proceeding On, for news of Lewis and Clark related matters around the country, and to an email RSS feed for my blogs.

  • National Park PAL (Patron, Admirer and Lover of the Parks)!! Follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/kfristensky

  • Preston tries to work a national park visit into every trip he makes. His friends joke that if you put "national" on an ice cream stand, he'd take a picture and ask for a brochure.

  • The two of us have traveled the national parks for nearly forty years, many of which were in a series of four VW campers including a 1967, a 1971, a 1978, and a 1987. We devoted five summers to visiting and staying in as many national park lodges as possible. Each trip comprised 10,000 to 12,000 miles of driving and stays in 30 to 40 different lodges. We have stayed in each of the nine Yellowstone lodges, each of the four Olympic NP lodges, all four of the Death Valley NP lodges, all the Glacier National Park lodges, and all the lodges in Shenandoah National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway. We have taken the boat to Rock Harbor Lodge in Isle Royale NP and the motorboats to Kettle Falls Hotel in Voyageurs National Park and Ross Lake Resort in North Cascades National Park Complex. Our book, "The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges" was first published by the Globe Pequot Press in 1997 and is now in its sixth edition. We have resided in Valdosta, Georgia, since 1975.

    We have authored travel articles for numerous magazines and newspapers including the Miami Herald, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Orlando Sentinel, Minneapolis Tribune, Milwaukee Journal, Oklahoman, and the San Diego Union. We were twice guests on NBC's Today, once from Yellowstone and again from the Grand Canyon. David is a retired professor of finance, who has authored two dozen books about personal finance and investing. His latest finance books, "The American Heritage Dictionary of Business Terms" and "Wall Street Words" are published by Houghton Mifflin. Kay was a teacher and administrator in several elementary schools.

  • Bio for Chris

  • A career NPS employee, I recently left my position as Chief Ranger at Kenai Fjords NP in southcentral Alaska for a new assignment in the wilds of Washington D.C.

  • Random Walker gets less far than was anticipated on the basis of a Global Positioning System in which the map and compass were neglected: the mean squared displacement has decreased, and in other words, the diffusion constant of Random Walker is reduced. If, due to the presence of a large degree of disorder, the reduction due to GPS reaches the 100% level. Random Walker becomes stuck or, in less glorious terms, localized.

  • Author of HikingintheSmokys.com, HikinginGlacier.com and RockyMountainHikingTrails.com. All three websites offer details on dozens of trails in the Great Smoky Mountains, Glacier, and Rocky Mountain National Park, including trail descriptions, photos, maps, difficulty rankings and elevation profiles. All three sites include key travel information as well.

  • Born in California, lived there all my life (third generation). Moved to Utah and now Pennsylvania. Took my horse with me. Wonderful country and spectacular parks everywhere!

  • Male
    Age 62
    Married with wife and 2 adult children
    Live in Fayetteville, PA
    email at
    I have a Facebook Page (Jan Michael Price)
    Like to travel, fish, woodworking

  • Landscape Architect and author. Trying to visit all the National Parks as a goal. Operate several websites including http://www.historic-hotels-lodges.com which features several hotels in National Parks. My personal website has lots of photo albums from my visits to national parks along with comments on the parks. My park photos are not the best, but are good enough that some of them have been used by the National Park Service for park related promotions and materials.