Hot Springs National Park: Day 1

October 2020. A week and a half before an election that Americans had been on the edge of their seat about. In the middle of a pandemic that continued to steadily worsen, with people now over half a year removed from everyday life. A time when people eyed each other suspiciously not only trying to …

Summer 2020: Rocky Mountain National Park

Previous Post: As cool as it would have been to camp above the tree line, Rocky Mountain National Park didn’t offer that as an option. Instead, Elizabeth and I were planning on cramming Michael and Irene with us in our tent spot at the Glacier Basin Campground. Glacier Basin provided perfect access to the main …

Summer 2020: Grand Lake/Trail Ridge Road

Check out the previous post: It had already been an eventful trip to Colorado. Getting to see Elizabeth’s reaction to the Rockies in the distance, staying downtown in Denver, a camping mutiny over campsite locations, and a literal derecho – somehow, despite the fact that we hadn’t really been on a big hike in the …

Christmas Break 2020-2021: Great Smoky Mountains National Park (among other things)

This post is just intended to summarize an eventful few weeks of my Christmas break. It includes five driving days, two dog vomits, one national park, and one violent insurrection against the government of the United States. Enjoy! My Christmas break began on December 17, right when I finished off a (long) dynamics final exam. …

Adventure Summer: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

This (long-awaited) post will pick up where the previous post left off. Hiking the tallest mountain in the state of Texas leaves you proud, but hungry. Elizabeth and I finished our descent of Guadalupe Peak late in the afternoon of July 14, 2018. Sore thighs, sore feet, but proud of one of the biggest physical …

Summer 2020: Shenandoah National Park

In the middle of this past June, Elizabeth and I got away from Norman for a couple of weeks to spend some time at her mother’s house near Washington, D.C. I have hoped to be able to blog about that trip for some time now, but I’ve been pretty daunted at the enormity of the …

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