Author Archives: Staff Writer

For Backpackers Especially: Try Something New!

If you are looking for some new backpacking locations that you haven’t visited previously, one of these picks from offtrackplanet.com may just fit the bill (er – without racking up a lot of new ones!). Sintra, Portugal This colorful little town, located on rolling hills, has lots of hiking destinations within the town including 5 rather large palaces.  It is ... Read More »

Yosemite is Celebrating President’s Day

President’s Day is right around the corner, and Yosemite National Park is celebrating by waiving the entrance fee during the whole President’s Day weekend – that means that you can visit the park between Saturday, February 15 and Monday, February 17 and get in free.  Find out more on their website: http://www.nps.gov/yose/parknews/presidentsday2014.htm Seeing that announcement reminded me that I had ... Read More »

A Brief Intro to Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is actually bigger than the state of Rhode Island at close to 800,000 acres! It is about 140 miles east of Los Angeles and 215 miles southwest of Las Vegas. Summer is not the best time to try hiking in this park because of the intense heat – usually over 100 degrees during the day.  However, ... Read More »

Settling into a Long Hike On Old Settlers Trail, GSMNP

There seems to be a wide variety of opinion about the Old Settlers Trail in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park  (Located about 4 miles from Gatlinburg). There are those that say it is a hot (in summer), buggy, and long trail without good views. Others think it is one of the most interesting trails in GSMNP, dotted with historical ... Read More »