Hiking Napa & Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Still catching up on Fall 2017’s adventures! Back in September, we had the chance to visit a friend of ours working in Napa, California. We took a hike in Point Reyes National Seashore during one of the most important seasons of the year: the mating season for tule elks. Tule elks, unlike some other species, are native from this region and mate during the fall. Continue reading “Hiking Napa & Point Reyes National Seashore, California”

Backpacking For The First Time in Grand Teton National Park

We love hiking and this is what we do when we’re not working or chilling, but we usually only do long 10-15-mile day hikes. In Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming), we raised the bar and spent two days hiking with one night in the wilderness! One tiny night seems like nothing, but for us it was kind of a big deal —last time I had trekked over several days was in 2003 in Peru with a group and donkeys carrying my stuff (it’s cheating), and Henri had just never done anything like this. We were lucky to try this in some of America’s most beautiful mountains with the best mentors in the world. Continue reading “Backpacking For The First Time in Grand Teton National Park”

Hiking a Giant Dune is a Lot of Fun, but Rain is Not – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan

We have one “people traveling in a van” problem that does not have a solution: rain. It has been raining SO MUCH since we started our road trip along Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. See, our van is actually a car, which is a great house when it’s sunny but miserable if it rains for more than a day. Stuff gets easily wet, it doesn’t ever get dry, we are stuck inside our super small van, we get upset… Continue reading “Hiking a Giant Dune is a Lot of Fun, but Rain is Not – Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan”

Grand Avenue Tour at Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky: Inside the Longest Cave In The World

Henri walking the Grand Avenue tour, Mammoth Cave

Last week, Henri and I took the Grand Avenue Tour at Mammoth Cave National Park, KY. Mammoth Cave National Park hosts the longest cave system in the world by far, with 400 miles of trails and passages. With such a huge underworld to discover, it is not a surprise if dozens of tours are offered, from very short & easy to very long & strenuous. Here is a review with pictures of the Grand Avenue Tour. Continue reading “Grand Avenue Tour at Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky: Inside the Longest Cave In The World”