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.

  • 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.

  • 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