The 6 Best National Parks For Winter Fun

It's no secret that America's national parks are the premier outdoor destinations in the US during the summer, but that in-the-know will tell you (or maybe not if they want it to remain a secret) that these amazing places take on a completely new look during the winter. Spectacular prairies becoming cross-country skiing paradises, pristine … Continue reading The 6 Best National Parks For Winter Fun

Sutro Baths was a test case for civil rights laws

Lands End Point (aka Labyrinth) in the Lands End District of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

In the summer of 1897, a young African American man filed a lawsuit against the former mayor of San Francisco Adolph Sutro - it was the first case to test California's recent civil right law. On several occasions, John Harris had been refused entry into the Sutro Baths because of his race. At the time, … Continue reading Sutro Baths was a test case for civil rights laws

On and Off the Trail in Acadia: Brook Trout Fishing in Acadia National Park

A good friend of mine – and an incredible fly angler – once told me a story he called the evolution of the fly fisherman: When someone first learns to fish using a fly rod (and the same probably holds true of a spinning rod as well) they’re hell bent on catching a fish, no … Continue reading On and Off the Trail in Acadia: Brook Trout Fishing in Acadia National Park

Auto Tour: Cactus Forest Drive in Saguaro National Park in Arizona

Saguaro National Park | Photo Courtesy of NPS

Straddling the legendary Southwest community of Tucson, Arizona, lies a national park devoted to protecting arguably the most iconic symbols of this region, the saguaro cactus. Saguaro National Park is divided into two regions, Saguaro West's Tucson Mountain District and Saguaro East's Rincon Mountain District. Both districts are home to their own scenic drive, with the … Continue reading Auto Tour: Cactus Forest Drive in Saguaro National Park in Arizona

Auto Tour: Arches National Park in Utah

Arches National Park Auto Tour | Photo: Tom Tash/Chimani

When the United States, in keeping with its "best idea," decides to create a new national park, it can go without saying that the land is special, iconic, and worthy of protection. It can be said, however, that some of these gems are so mind-numbingly spectacular, that a single feature --- say, a delicate arch perhaps? … Continue reading Auto Tour: Arches National Park in Utah