Reader Question – Reservations

Sometimes as I’m trying to locate camping or lodging reservations it feels opaque and tricky to find prices and options. What is your process for determining where to stay and when to book? Our first step to planning our trips is to decide which hikes we’d like to do. This gives us a rough framework […]

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Reader Question – Hike Selection

How do you know ahead of time which hikes you will enjoy? Particularly whether the hike is the right difficulty, too crowded, or boring. If folks have different comfort levels I remember sometimes you split up such as when some like caves and some don’t. Is that something you do often? Do you prepare tons […]

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SBXX: Mojave National Preserve

Our final stop of Spring Break XX will be Mojave National Preserve. The entire park is considered a part of the Mojave desert. Even so, it is home to a variety of climatic zones and a wide range of flora and fauna. The entire park is designated wilderness area which means that it is nearly […]

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SBXX: Death Valley NP

Death Valley National Park is actually home to four separate valleys which collectively make it the largest park in the contiguous United States. More than 90% of the area of the park is designated wilderness which means it is an ideal hiking destination for us. Although it will certainly be busy in late March, it […]

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Training Hike 02/02/2020

With the temperature hitting 50 here in Chicago on Sunday there would be absolutely no excuse for failing to spend some time on the trail. We had to make do with a quick jaunt through the woods, but at least we were able to enjoy the weather for a bit as we whet our appetites […]

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SBXX: Joshua Tree NP

For spring break this year we’ll be taking a mini road trip through southeast California. I’ve already written an overview of the plan, and now want to provide additional insight into each of the parks we’ll visit as well as how we will spend time outside the parks. Our first destination will be Joshua Tree […]

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SBXX: Overview

While we’re all excited for and eagerly counting down to RTXX (128 days), there is an even closer event that we need to start getting ourselves psyched up for – SPRING BREAK! Just 51 days from now we’ll depart for for southern California for a week of hiking, backpacking, and of course a bit of […]

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Plan For Vacation Day

I’m usually happy to jump on board celebrating made up holidays. Especially the lesser known ones like today’s “National Plan For Vacation Day”. Like most of these holidays, plan for vacation day is an invention of people with a vested interest in separating us from our cash. Its inventor, the U.S. Travel Association, is an […]

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