Just south of the tiny German town, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, stands the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains, at 9,718 feet above sea level. Zugspitze was most likely derived from the German word zugbahnen meaning avalanche paths. You can hike to the top or take a cable car. (I bet you can guess which one I did.) Once you’ve reached the peak, there are a few places to eat and drink. Don’t be a fool and forget a good pair of pants. Despite the warm weather down […]
Near the sweet little town of Garmisch Partenkirchen lies the Partnach Gorge, carved by a mountain river. It’s over 2,000 feet long and up to 260 feet deep. A winding foot path leads you along the side of the rushing waters, through caves and carved rock. It’s the kind of overwhelming nature that makes you feel 3 inches tall (which I think is a healthy thing to feel every once in a while to put humans in their proper place).
What we now call Lake Louise, the Stoney Nakota First Nations People called the Lake of Little Fishes. I don’t know about you, but I prefer the later. This body of water is rich in color (and for a really cool reason). As glaciers move, they grind up the bedrock below (creating rock flour). As the ice melts, it carries these tiny silt sized bits downstream, creating striking, milky masses of water. You can hike around this beauty in no […]
Hiking without knowing where the heck you’re going is my one of my favorite things to do (ill-advised though it may be). On my last trip to Colorado, the game plan was to drive toward some tall mountains and see what happened. We ended up in Idaho Springs, a quaint old mining town, then winded our way even higher up towards a few trails. All I wanted was to get to a peak, and peak we did on Chief Mountain. It was breathtaking […]
Yellowstone is one of the oldest national parks in the world. President Ulysses S. Grant signed it into law in 1872. The park stretches across Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho, with scattered geothermic features spread across the land. Old Faithful, the most famous of the attractions, is a geyser that erupts every 91 minutes. I have to say that my favorite site in the park is The Grand Prismatic Spring, which is appropriately named. It’s the 3rd largest hot spring in the world, […]
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I wore the heck out of my Nike ACG Boots while I was in Seattle and the surrounding areas. I came back with some great shots and 5 pounds of rocks. It was so peaceful out there. Your sole can just step back and take a breath. What would we do without nature to fuel our tanks and weigh down our backpacks?
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