An American Adventure

“National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.”  ― Wallace Stegner

The American landscape is spectacular. While other aspects of my country have deeply disappointed me lately, the land itself stands with timeless dignity. Preserving and respecting it is perhaps the best insurance we have against even more desperately dismal times. Experiencing our natural history firsthand teaches a kind of wisdom that is inimitable. In the face of sweeping geology, teeming biology, mysterious archaeology and the interconnection of every aspect of life, how can we not be humbled and fascinated?

The following links chronicle my road trip from Wisconsin to the canyons of Utah, Colorado, and South Dakota and back again from May 19 – June 2, 2017.

Part One: Wisconsin to Pueblo, CO 

Part Two: Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument

Part Three: Continental Divide and Car Trouble

Part Four: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Part Five: Scale and Humility 

Part Six: Canyons of the Ancients

Part Seven: Desert Communities

Part Eight: Hovenweep

Part Nine: Bears Ears National Monument

Part Ten: Canyonlands National Park

Part Eleven: The Needles, Canyonlands

Part Twelve: Dinosaur National Monument

Part Thirteen: Geology 101 with Ranger Erin

Part Fourteen: Down By the Green River Where Paradise Lay…

Part Fifteen: Medicine Bow National Forest

Part Sixteen: Wind Cave National Park

Part Seventeen: Cave Tour and Home Again