Why is everyone smiling? The magic of Iceberg Lake

“Isn’t life good?” This from a complete stranger deep in the mountains of Montana. I didn’t miss a beat. “Amazing,” I responded. Considering the surroundings, our mutual effusiveness didn’t seem strange in the least. At that moment, we… Read More

One sweet ride: The pure pleasure of Glacier’s Red Bus Tours

Have you heard the bit about the rock and the moss, and how they’re “lichen” their relationship? “Jammer” Carl has, and he rocked that joke (pardon the pun, but I think Carl would be proud) and a whole… Read More

Western North Dakota: More than just oil wells

For the past decade or so, it seems, each time I’ve mentioned my home state of North Dakota, I’ve gotten the same response, “Ah, oilfield country.” An improvement, perhaps, over the previous “Oh, don’t you just love that… Read More

North Dakota through new eyes

Growing up in North Dakota, I can’t say that I truly appreciated the beauty of the prairie. Oh, I loved being outdoors, and I regularly explored the acreage of my family’s farm. But to say it was beautiful?… Read More

Chasing clouds (and wildflowers)

With an evening hike in my sights, I surveyed the sky. Arizona’s monsoon thunderstorms had been wreaking havoc on my plans to get outdoors recently, and I was hoping for a small window of sunshine to hit the… Read More

Ode to the Montana road

I’ve road-tripped all over the left side of U.S. map. Any state west of the Mississippi? Yep, I’ve put rubber to the road there. But until recently, Montana sadly was not on the list. For some reason, I… Read More

Waterton Lakes: The ultimate road-trip detour

Canada was never part of the plan. As I was plotting my summer 2016 road trip, I had one major destination in mind: Glacier National Park in Montana. I spent the winter and spring dreaming of hiking the… Read More