Launching soon: Visit Every Park

UPDATE:  I ended up launching a different website with a very similar goal I call Just Get Out More!

You should head over there instead—after you read the post below, that is. On the new site, I’ve published a comprehensive post on adopting a travel quest, so if you’re inspired by what you read below, please check it out.

Thanks for stopping by!

I’m in the process of launching a new venture I’m calling Visit Every Park. The website will focus on helping others use travel quests to get out and explore more of the world, whether that’s their own neighborhood or a different continent.

As you know, I have plenty of personal quests of my own, most notably around visiting every National Park unit in the United States. This quest has played a major role in my life and has really helped motivate both the big adventures of my life, as well as simpler daytrips on the weekend. It’s given my travel some structure and inspired trips I never would have otherwise taken, to places that I never considered visiting, and to do things I never thought I could.

Pssh, visiting 100 parks in 100 days to celebrate the National Parks centennial? No way I could do that! But, of course, I did. And it’s not impossible for you to do something similar either.

Many of my friends seem legitimately awed by my travels, as though I’m some amazingly talented traveler with special unseen resources. I’m not. Trust me on this. I probably wouldn’t have done a tenth of the travel I’ve done if not for these travel quests. In short, I want to spread the idea of travel quests, and then help people make progress on them—using them as a vehicle to see more of the world, achieve more of their personal goals, and be happier people.

While Visit Every Park is the name of the website, I’ll be using my national parks quest as just one of the many examples of how you can use quests to get out and explore more often. My goal is to be your best resource for adopting and completing your own travel quests, whatever those may be. I’ll also be touching on broader travel-related topics, such as road trip strategies, gear reviews, budget travel, and other topics that will help you be successful in completing whatever travel quest you happen to adopt—or just appreciating the journey along the way.

I’ll be launching the in early 2017 and you’ll soon find @visiteverypark on twitter, facebook, instagram, and other social media networks in the not-too-distant future.

Thanks for your support. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or comments. I’d especially love any feedback you might have in these early stages, as I look to find the right voice to best help future readers on their own personal quests.

Arizona Strip pictures now online

I finally got around to posting some of the pictures from my March trip up to the Arizona Strip. Recently added:

  • The day I spent in the Mt Trumbull area of Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, including a stops at the Mt Trumbull Schoolhouse and the Nampaweap Rock Art Site.
  • My hike on the Wire Pass trail in the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Area, through cool slot canyons in the heart of red rock country.
  • A quick stop to Toroweap Point, the least-visited ranger station along the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.
  • An evening walk around the LDS temple in St George, which is relatively impressive at night
  • My visit to the Johnson Ranch Dinosaur Discovery Center, the largest collection of dinosaur tracks in the world.

At some point, I’ll add the pictures I took of the GCPNM tour I took with the BLM/NPS, as well as some random shots, including of the Navajo Bridge. But in the meanwhile, enjoy what’s now online!

Welcome back

Well, you may not have noticed, but the website has been moved to its final server, and I decided to start fresh with a clean WP install and a new MySQL database. That means that it might be a few days until you see a bunch of content here, but I’m confident that the move will be a good thing.