“The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark.” – John Muir
Like John I want to see it all but right now I’m striving to visit every US National Park and summit the highest peak in every state! It all started in 2013 when a few friends and I took off on a road trip through the Rocky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone! How could you not be hooked after seeing those incredible places. From there I began a career in the software world while slowly visiting parks. In 2014 I became big into long distance running and quickly found the trails of the Chattahoochee River NRA to be the best place to do so. I was also able to visit the Great Smoky Mountains, Acadia, Shenandoah and Mammoth Cave. Each park continued to inspire me but it was a trip to Yosemite the following summer that gave me complete clarity on what I wanted to accomplish! A clue is it involves walking.
From that point on my free time has mostly been spent crushing goals for my feet whether it be hiking, backpacking or mountaineering! At the end of 2016 I moved from Atlanta, Georgia to Seattle, Washington in an effort to put myself closer to more parks. Before moving I was able to experience some of the best wilderness of the southeast. Check out my 25 favorite southeast hikes here. In 2017 my goal was to hike 100 different trails and the Pacific Northwest made that easy! I’m also half way to my National Park goal 30/59 but only a fifth of the way to my high peak goal 11/50. For 2018 I plan to summit 60 mountains to bring my career peak bagging total to 100 and hopefully cross off some State high points in doing so!
I thought it would be a good idea to write about all these amazing trips taken with amazing people. If you stumble upon this I hope you enjoy the photos and I hope it gives you a good idea of what to do in each of America’s National Parks. They really are America’s Best Idea and my best idea for a good time. Please note I am an obsessive planner and would gladly help anyone plan a National Park adventure! If you have questions about gear check out my Gear List for a great ultralight, waterproof setup.
Tread lightly and keep our parks beautiful!