Take a Trip to the Moon

Craters of the Moon in IdahoTake a trip to the moon right here on Earth. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in West Central Idaho was formed by a series of volcanic eruptions and massive lava flows between 15,000 and 2,000 years ago. The 618 square mile park so similarly resembles the moons surface that astronauts for Nasa, Alan Sheperd, Edgar Mitchell, Eugene Cernan, and Joe Engle, trained in the park for their missions in 1969. Although the area appears benign, activity along the fault lines and historical eruptions approximately every 2,000 years indicate the area is due for another eruption very soon. [Read more…]

Fire Danger for Travellers

Drought MonitorAs temperatures rise to record levels and water tables drop to record lows in the Western United States, adventurers and tourists alike must factor potential fire danger into their travel plans. The cozy campfire and smores you might have been imagining for your backpacking trip may be banned in the area you planned to explore. [Read more…]

3 Ways to Experience the Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park

Buffalo RoundupEvery year in South Dakota’s Custer State Park there is a 3 day festival of arts that kicks off with a buffalo roundup. The buffalo are rounded up each year and thinned to maintain a strong and healthy herd. The roundup itself is only a few hours of the first morning of the festival, but getting to witness over 1,000 prehistoric beasts running cross the plains and [Read more…]

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon in Arizona is a popular attraction in the Southwest that everyone should go see. The South Rim of the Grand Canyon is located about 230 miles north of Phoenix and 80 miles north of Flagstaff. The North Rim is located 352 miles north of Phoenix and 210 miles north of Flagstaff. Approximately 4 million people a year get to experience the Grand Canyon and all of its many activities. The Canyon is close to 300 miles long with the river going through it, it gets 18 miles wide and it is about a mile deep.Grand Canyon South Rim [Read more…]

Horseback Riding in the D.R.

My husband was in a writing mood today, so I invited him to be a guest blogger on EarthSkySun. With our flight to Texas only a few days away for a cousin’s wedding, we spent some time today reminiscing about our own wedding and honeymoon. This is his story about our great horseback riding experiences in the Dominican Republic. Thanks for sharing honey!

Horseback Riding at Excellence“Horseback riding in the Dominican Republic was an adventure that I will never forget! Our first ride consisted of getting thrown up on our horse and the wranglers saying “Hold on.” It was at an all inclusive resort so the horseback ride was part of the inclusive. Just imagine over thirty beginner riders on our ride on the beach with only 5 wranglers. That is a lot of horses, a lot of people, and a very good chance for an accident. [Read more…]

Catalina Island

Beach on Catalina IslandCatalina Island off the coast of California is picturesque and ripe for adventurers. It is 22 miles long and 8 miles across at its widest point, so not very big- but full of activities. Visitors can go zip lining, take scenic horseback rides, hike, scuba dive, snorkel, parasail, camp, kayak, and so much more. The bright blue waters, small town feel, and pristine wilderness draw people from all over the world. [Read more…]

Ultralight Backpacking Gear

Eric the Black's Backpacking BlogAlthough I do a lot of hiking and backpacking myself, sometimes it’s nice to hear what other experience hikers have to say about their favorite gear. My husband and I went to the Gardenschwartz Extravaganza here in Durango today to pick up a new tent and sleeping back for him, as well as a new backpacking pack. They have big sales 2 or 3 times a year, so we wait for one to come around to update our gear. [Read more…]

Misadventures in Hawaii

Hawaii MisadventureAlthough I have not yet myself been to the great state of Hawaii, my husband has, obnoxiously, been twice. I imagine that I would get myself into some kind of mess while traipsing around the island trying to find secret beaches and hidden waterfalls. In the story below, Jill finds herself lost in the dark on an unfamiliar beach after 9 hours of hitchhiking across the Big Island of Hawaii. Click on the picture and read on for a good laugh!

6 Tips for Safer Hiking – Part 2

Part 2 of “6 tips for Safer Hiking” continued here:

4. Pack Food to Sustain Energy

AlmondsEven for a short hike, pack snacks. If you’re anything like me, you never know when your curiosity will get the best of you and send you further and further down the trail, wondering “what’s around the next bend?” or “what’s over that hill?” Nothing is more miserable than knowing you’re an hour or two away from the trailhead and you’re super hungry! Well, except being out of water, but being hungry and far away from food is almost as miserable! I don’t know about you, but when I’m hungry I get short-tempered, grumpy, and don’t think very clearly. [Read more…]

6 Tips For Safer Hiking – Part 1

There have been several reports in the news lately of hikers getting lost while exploring a new trail or new area. In each instance, if the hikers had exercised these 6 basic safety tips for hiking, they would have either not gotten lost, or at least been more comfortable while waiting for rescue. These are 6 principles I exercise on EVERY hike, no matter how short, familiar, or close to home. You never know when you’ll roll your ankle, trip over a tree root and break your leg, or take a wrong turn and not know your way back. Follow these 6 tips for a safer hiking experience: [Read more…]