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.

  • Blanca Mesa is a Miami-based writer. She blogs about Virginia Key, a 1000-acre island off the coast of Miami, Florida at www.viewfromvirginiakey.com

  • I am a passionate Rocky Mountain National Park enthusiast. I've been addicted to RMNP since first hiking there in 1996. Since 2004 I've created and run a forums community focused on RMNP and its surrounding communities. I also produce my own podcast about the park as well. I'm thankful for the opportunities that the podcast and forums have given me to meet other RMNP enthusiasts as well as to attend press events (such as the Udall-McCain field hearing in Estes Park last fall) on behalf of the forums and podcast. I look forward to learn more about our national parks here on the Traveler and to meet others passionate about our parks.

    My Podcast Link

  • Although I grew up in New York City, I've long had a passion for the great outdoors. I spent many of my weekends growing up in either Massachusetts' Berkshires or in New York's Adirondacks. Shortly after graduating from college, I worked for the National Parks Conservation Association and helped raised funds for both NPCA's national and regional programs. Working for NPCA exposed me to the wide ranging cultural, historic and natural resources that our national parks offer, and I truly believe America's national parks are a national treasure and they should be cared for and funded appropriately.

    I currently reside in our nation's capital, Washington DC, where I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by the National Mall and various other national park units, including Shenandoah National Park, Assateague National Seashore, C&O Canal National Historic Park, Great Falls, Catoctin Mountain Park, and various other national parks that are windows to our past, homes to some of our rarest plants and animal species, and places where every American can go to find inspiration, peace, and open space.

    Professionally speaking, I work within the advertising and marketing profession as an Interactive Strategist, where as an expert in interactive marketing media and emerging technologies - I work to ensure that our clients' marketing programs are extended appropriately to digital media.

    Additionally, I write for the up and coming DC blog, WeLoveDC.com and occasionally contribute to other blogs on both a personal and professional level.

  • I’m Kelly. Just Kelly. No romantic nicks and sophisticated pennames to attract attention. I'm the research papers writer and employee of an term paper service and the soul of the party. So, welcome to my blog, eh?

  • We left New York City in April 2008 and decided to make a life of travel. We bought a small travel trailer and a truck to tow our new home-on-wheels! We have been living and working on the road ever since and loving it! As of writing this in March 2010, we have stayed in and explored 24 of our national parks. We keep rolling along and are grateful for having taken this risk to let go and live more simply. We are working on a book about our experience thus far and will be blogging our stories as we go as well.

  • So...there I was at age 56 with a chance to take early retirement from my position as General Counsel for a multi-national machine tool company. Now...what to do with all that free time. I spent a few months just relaxing...not doing much of anything. And then, sometime in the spring of 2008, I was discussing a planned trip to Maine for a week with a friend. "You know", my friend said, "you could go on vacation for a lot longer than a week, and you could go a lot farther than Maine. To which I replied, "If I wanted to, I could drive all the way to Alaska". And, at that moment, my mind was already made up...I was going to Alaska. It would prove to be, as they say, a "life-changing experience".
    I spent the next few months doing extensive research and setting about purchasing all of my camping "essentials"...tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, stove, back pack, hiking shoes, copy of The Milepost, etc. Mind you, my friends would have told you back then that my idea of "roughing it" was staying at a Hilton where I had to go up a floor to get ice. I proved them wrong.
    And, on the fourth Tuesday in July of 2008, I left Michigan for Alaska. I traveled through Illinois, up into Wisconsin, through Minnesota, then north through North Dakota to Canada. By the way, I did make one "unscheduled stop" in Minot, North Dakota for an emergency appendectomy (definitely not in my travel plans). But, thanks to modern laparoscopic surgery, I was back on the road the next day...Moosejaw, Calgary (a few days of R&R there), Edmonton...and then, Dawson Creek, the first stop on the Alaskan Highway. From there, on to the usual stops...Fort Nelson, Muncho Lake, Watson Lake and Whitehorse. A little over two weeks after leaving Michigan, I crossed the border from the Yukon into Alaska. And there, I camped for the first time at a National Park...Denali.
    After two weeks in Alaska, I spent a another two weeks traveling around the Yukon and working my way south through British Columbia. Then, more National Parks...Olympic, Mt. Rainier, Crater Lake, Yellowstone. Now I was hooked.
    Last summer, I went back out west and spent about ten days each camping in Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton...all magnificent Parks. The National Park system in our great country is truly a national treasure.
    This summer, I'm going back to Alaska with two of my closest friends...this time in a motor home. And, in the future, it is my dream to visit and camp in as many of our National Parks as possible...there's so much more to see.

  • I love the USA parks, they are the most preserved park that I see in the world.

  • 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.

  • So much to see...

  • Born 1943 in Appalachian hills.
    Allergic to darn near everything but Nature, love the great outdoors. Might be that little bit of Cherokee from my Dad.
    Mother and Grandmother, Teacher and Therapist; Lifelong explorer between raising a Family, Teaching and writing.
    Lived in KY, ALA, GA, LA growing up; Taught in KY, CT and Hawaii; vacationed and explored in several great parks.
    Retired to Hawaii in '89 for the last best days on the Big Island; retired again in 2005 to spend time with Family in CA, CT and NY.
    Retired again from the Northeastern winters and geared up to move to Great Southwestern Parks area this year...my youngest now lives in UTAH.
    Organic gardener for my health; still love trails and scenery, big skies and warm climates best. It is a shame the Pacific Islands can't be duplicated In Utah, but I will just have to manage without the sea and the beaches and the jungles and the volcanoes. Zion and Bryce and Grand Canyon and the rest of the West will be just fine for the next ten years or so.

  • Hey! The name is Alex. A bit of a photographer, an essay writer and a restless soul. Working as a writer at custom essay writing service when I need money and killing time as a pure bohemian when I earn a hefty some to spend. I'm a passionate fan of jazz, drawing and contemporary art. So, welcome to Hell, eh?

  • Retired NPS Ranger, Outdoor Recreation Planner, and manager. Ph.D. in Outdoor Recreation Management, from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
    I like canoes, bicycles, and skis. Dark beer too.

  • I'm a blogger at DailyKos and elsewhere publishing a once-a-week column on national parks, public lands, and politics of same.

  • Just making voyages...

  • Vaughn Baker is superintendent of Rocky Mountain National Park.

  • I am on a life quest to get to all the US National Parks. Gates of the Arctic and Kobuk Valley are my next targets. Looking for info about these parks, how to see them, any one interested in combining a trip to save money?

  • Tom Ribe is a long-time public land and national park advocated based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has his MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon and has worked in interpretation and fire for the National Park Service at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Yosemite, and Bandelier National Monument. He is author of Inferno by Committee, a book on the Los Alamos (Cerro Grande) Fire that was published June 2010. He is Executive Director of Caldera Action, advocating for National Park Service management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve and works on a variety of issues related to national parks and personal health. Visit his websites at www.TomRibe.com and Greathealthconnection.com.

  • Arctic Wild (www.arcticwild.com) is a wilderness guiding company based in Fairbanks, Alaska. We specialize in 1 to 3 week, fully guided and outfitted adventures in arctic Alaska. We offer a diverse schedule of rafting,canoeing, backpacking, and basecamp trips across arctic Alaska. Every summer we also arrange custom trips for groups or families who have a specific destination or time-frame. Guests bring only their personal gear—along with a willingness to let Alaska’s most wild and beautiful places work magic on them. Group sizes are small—between one and seven guests per trip. Arctic Wild guides are professional and attentive, and expertly balance safety and spontaneity, skill and intuition. Alaska's National Parks are remote and spectacular. With few other people, visitors experience true wilderness adventure. While the logistics of accessing these remote parks can be daunting, we are honored to visit them in the course of our daily business. We lead trips to Gates of the Arctic National Park, Kobuk Valley National Park, Katmai National Park, Lake Clark National Park, Aniakchak National Monument, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Noatak National Preserve, and Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. We frequently guide trips for travelers seeking to visit as many national parks as they can in a single visit. Our experience and knowledge will make your visit the trip of a lifetime.

    Michael Wald is one of two owners of Arctic Wild. He loves sharing his knowledge and passion for wild places. It is this love of teaching that has led Michael to work as a wilderness guide, educator and researcher. Michael has been leading wilderness trips since 1991, helping others understand and enjoy wildlands from Alaska to Labrador to the Antarctic in all seasons. Additionally, Michael has taught science courses at the high school and the undergraduate level, and has participated in research projects ranging from marine mammal studies to songbird habitat characterizations. Michael is able to draw on these diverse experiences to help others understand the intricate and fascinating ecology of Polar Regions. (You can ask him about penguins!). When not guiding or exploring Alaska's rivers with his wife Sally and sons Leo and Nolan, Michael enjoys carpentry and wooden boat building. In the winter Michael does the scheduling, booking, and logistics for Arctic Wild.

  • Todd Wilkinson has been a journalist for almost 25 years. He started as a violent crime reporter with the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago. During college, he spent two summers working in Yellowstone National Park. For the past two decades, he has been an environmental journalist based in Bozeman, Montana. His work has appeared widely in newspapers and magazines. He is the author of eight books, including a forthcoming environmental biography on media mogul turned bison rancher and eco-humanitarian Ted Turner.

  • I am first & foremost a child of the King-a risen, reigning King named Jesus. I love my Savior and wish to bring glory to Him through my life!

    I am married to the great love of my life, my soulmate. I am the mother of 3 beautiful daughters and a handsome son! I am also a grandmother of 4 precious little girls and a little grandson! I have been dealing with a chronic auto-immune disease called ITP since June 2004. I've even had my spleen removed in hopes of taking care of this problem but to no avail. I made the decision to take myself off of the steroids before they did irreversible damage, now I just monitor myself very closely.

    My favorite place to be is hiking in the mountains with a daypack, a hiking stick and a canister of bear spray! Glacier National Park, Yellowstone, Bryce Canyon and Yosemite are some of my favorite places to hike. My Hubby and I are planning (Lord willing) to retire in Northwestern Montana where we have our retirement home. Our kids have talked about having us micro-chipped so they can keep tabs on us since we love to travel!!

  • An SCA intern from Bisbee, Arizona, I'm passionate about halting the effects of climate change on wildlife and the environment. I've already volunteered or interned in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Naco Sonora, Mexico; British Columbia, Canada; and most recently California where, through the Student Conservation Association, I served as an ecological science technician intern at the USGS Yosemite Field Station. I have a bachelor’s of arts degree in economics, with a minor in environmental studies.

  • I’ve been a serious hiker for over 40 years. Soon after completing the Appalachian Trail, I moved to the Southern Appalachians to concentrate on hiking. Now I hike, lead hikes for the Carolina Mountain Club and write about the outdoors. I also lead monthly hikes for Friends of the Smokies.
    I’ve hiked all the trails in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (Smokies 900), the South Beyond 6000, all the mountains higher than 6,000 ft. in the east, as well as numerous hiking challenges in the northeast. I completed the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, walking 1,000 miles through North Carolina.

    The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina, published by The History Press is my newest book (2013). I am also the author of Hiking the Carolina Mountains (2007) and Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains (2009), both published by Milestone Press.

    Now I am visiting all 68 national park units in the Southeast.

    In my previous life, I was in Computer Science way before computing was cool, first as a software developer, then as a professor of Computer Science.

  • ...I am a reader and writer, and a retired National Park Service park ranger and biologist.

  • 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.