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I enjoy traveling and visiting new places (especially if it’s a National Park). Below is an incomplete listing of some of the multi-day trips I’ve taken over the years. This serves primarily as a historical reference for myself, but sometimes others find it useful. Some trips link to a more detailed page about that trip; eventually, I hope to do that for each of them.


A weekend in the Mojave – January

A long weekend to Mojave NPres and Mojave Trails National Monument, with some additional stops along the way home.

Death Valley with Dad – January

A five-day trip with my dad to Death Valley National Park.


Swansea and Lake Havasu – December

A weekend trip to northwestern Arizona.

Cayman Islands – December

A long weekend trip to Grand Cayman to do some snorkeling.

Finishing the Treasured Places quest – August

A quick trip to Montana to visit the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument and complete the Treasured Places list!

Visiting America’s most obscure National Monument – August

A “day trip” flight to San Antonio and back to visit an obscure national monument located on the grounds of Lackland AFB.

Las Cruces – August

A quick overnight trip to Las Cruces to revisit Prehistoric Trackways National Monument.

New BLM National Monuments & Conservation Areas – July

A long Fourth of July weekend trip to Utah and Colorado

Alaska to #FinishThemAll – June

A major trip to Alaska to finish my lifelong National Parks quest!

Not-Yet-New-Parks Trip – May

Big road trip loop around Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana to hit some national parks, high points, state parks, breweries, and internment camps.

DC Spring Trip – April

A long weekend trip to Washington DC to see Mikah complete his quest and hit a variety of national park units and DC breweries with Matt & Rebecca.

Surprise Destination Road Trip – April

CA Coast trip, Part 2 – March

Anza-Borrego Desert SP – March

CA Coast trip, Part 1 – January

Brewery-hopping in Portland – January

A long weekend trip to Oregon to visit one of my good friends—and to mark off some breweries, too.


Vegas Bowl – December

A quick trip to Las Vegas to see ASU play in the bowl game.

FinishtheTerritories – November/December

One of our big trips for the year, which saw us finish the US territories and visit the most far-flung national park in the country.

  • National Park of American Samoa
  • American Samoa
  • Samoa
  • Fiji

SoCal – October

A long weekend in southern California, primarily to attend the ASU-USC football game with a couple friends and hit a couple national monuments.

  • General Patton Memorial Museum
  • Big Morongo Canyon/Sand to Snow National Monument
  • ASU victory over USC at the LA Memorial Coliseum
  • Anza Borrego Desert State Park
  • Galleta Meadows
  • Santa Rosa San Jacinto National Monument

Another Cannonball Run – October

A long solo plan-as-I-go roadtrip to NV, ID, OR, and CA to visit some BLM National Conservation Lands and a few friends.

  • Wheel of Misfortune
  • Basin and Range National Monument
  • Minidoka National Monument
  • Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve
  • Arco
  • Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area
  • Boise
  • Diamond Craters NNL
  • Malheur NWR
  • Steens Mountain
  • Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
  • Whiskeytown NRA
  • Hedge Creek Falls
  • McCloud Falls
  • Burney Falls
  • Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument
  • Donner Memorial State Park
  • High Desert Yacht Club
  • Carson City
  • Bodie State Historic Park
  • Trona Pinnacles NNL
  • Rainbow Basin Natural Area
  • Calico Ghost Town
  • Grapevine Canyon petroglyph site/Lake Mead NRA

Fossil Creek & the Rim – August

A quick overnight with Jess to Fossil Springs, followed by camping on the Mogollon Rim.

  • Fossil Creek Wilderness
  • Mogollon Rim camping

Alaska – July/August

My 50th state—and what an amazing trip! While most of this trip was focused on national park units, we did manage to sneak in a number of local craft breweries, too.

  • Kenai Fjords National Park
  • Kobuk Valley National Park
  • Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve
  • Noatak National Preserve
  • Cape Krusenstern National Monument
  • Bering Land Bridge National Preserve
  • Homer
  • Iditarod NHT
  • Denali National Park
  • Denali State Park
  • Steese National Conservation Area
  • Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve
  • Wrangell-St Elias National Park & Preserve

Flagstaff Brewery Trail – July

A quick overnight with friends to complete the Flagstaff Brewery Trail.

  • 9 craft breweries in Flagstaff

Sequoia & Great Basin – July

This started out as a friends trip to Sequoia, but quickly expanded into a serious roadtrip across California and Nevada.

  • Sequoia National Park
  • National Park Geek meetup in Giant Forest
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Giant Sequoia National Monument
  • Calveras Big Trees State Park
  • Reno/Lake Tahoe
  • Black Rock Desert-High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National Conservation Area
  • Virginia City with Val & J
  • Republic of Molossia
  • Highway 50
  • Grimes Point petroglyphs
  • Hickinson Petroglyph Recreation Area
  • Great Basin National Park
  • Amache War Relocation Camp
  • Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Area

North Kaibab – June

A long weekend trip to the Arizona Strip region with some new park questing friends.

  • Kaibab National Forest viewpoints (Crazy Jug Point, Monument Point, Timp Point, North Timp Point, East Rim)
  • Saddle Mountain Wilderness
  • Grand Canyon National Park – north rim
  • Pipe Spring National Monument
  • Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • Red Cliffs National Conservation Area
  • Lees Ferry
  • Navajo Bridge

Southern Colorado – May

This was primarily a national parks trip for Jen, but she made sure to include a BLM national monument and an internment camp for me, too.

  • Storrie Lake State Park
  • Capulin Volcano NM
  • Bent’s Old Fort NM
  • Sand Creek Massacre NHS
  • Amache Japanese Internment Camp
  • Cheyenne Mountain State Park
  • Pikes Peak summit
  • Florissant Fossil Beds NM
  • Garden Park Fossil Area
  • Browns Canyon National Monument
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
  • Rio Grande del Norte NM
  • Pecos NHP
  • Ft Union NHS
  • La Cieneguilla Petroglyph Site
  • Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks NM
  • El Malpais NCA

Chaco & Bisti Badlands – May

A weekend trip to northern New Mexico with a couple of good friends.

  • Chaco Culture National Historical Park
  • Bisti Badlands
  • Lybrook Fossil Area

Utah with Dad & Carol – April/May

A really special opportunity to travel with my dad and bring him to some of my favorite places in the Southwest. This was our first trip together since college.

  • Sand Island petroglyphs
  • Montezuma Canyon ruins & rock art sites
  • Newspaper Rock SHP
  • Arches National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Dead Horse Point State Park
  • Rock art sites around Moab
  • Natural Bridges National Monument
  • Bears Ears National Monument
  • Moki Dugway
  • Valley of the Gods
  • Goosenecks State Park

‘Epic’ Weekend in the Supes – April

  • Lost Dutchman State Park
  • Apache Trail
  • Superstition Wilderness

Arizona’s West Coast with Jessica & Hannah – April

A we’ll-decide-when-we-hit-the-road trip with two of my favorite travel friends. No agenda, but we still had a blast—as always.

  • Desert Bar
  • Parker
  • Fisherman Intaglio
  • Bill Williams River NWR

Death Valley – February

A rather chilly return to Death Valley to finally visit the Racetrack.

  • Death Valley National Park
  • Ash Meadows NWR


#Finishthe48 – December/January

Focusing on finishing up the remaining park units I had left in the Contiguous US, we hit the three recently designated units in the South, marked off a few others near our route that Jen hadn’t seen yet, and then flew to South Florida to finish up the 48.

  • Ocmulgee National Monument
  • Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site/Warm Springs
  • Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
  • Freedom Riders National Monument
  • Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument
  • Horseshoe Bend National Battlefield
  • Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site
  • Tuskegee Institute
  • Reconstruction Era National Monument
  • Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
  • snorkeling with manatees
  • Big Cypress National Preserve
  • Everglades National Park
  • snorkeling in the Florida Keys
  • Dry Tortugas National Park
  • Biscayne National Park
  • Sixth Floor Museum/Dealey Plaza
  • #parkchat meetup at Grapevine Craft Brewery

Texas – December

Serving as our “anniversary” trip for the trip, we headed to Texas to mark off Waco Mammoth and hit some additional parks for Jen.

  • Franklin Mountains State Park
  • Ft Davis National Historic Site
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River
  • Amistad National Recreation Area
  • San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
  • San Antonio
  • Lyndon B Johnson National Historic Site
  • McKinney Falls State Park
  • Austin
  • Waco Mammoth National Monument
  • Dr Pepper Museum
  • Davis Mountains State Park
  • Stonehenge II

Guam – November

Originally, the plan here was to fly to Guam for the national park unit, then head over to the Philippines, but we decided to skip the second leg and just stay in Guam longer.

  • World War II/Valor in the Pacific National Historical Park
  • Saipan
  • Tinian

Trinity Site – October

A long weekend in New Mexico, primarily centered around the only-twice-a-year public visitation hours for the Trinity Site, the location where the first atomic bomb was detonated.

  • Trinity Site
  • Very Large Array
  • City of Rocks State Park
  • Valley of Fires Recreation Area
  • Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge
  • Fort Craig Historic Site
  • Salinas Pueblo Missions National Historical Park
  • Smokey Bear Historical Park

A Wedding in Yosemite – September

A road trip to participate in the wedding of a close friend.

  • Alabama Hills
  • Manzanar National Historic Site
  • Devils Postpile National Monument
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park
  • Laughlin

Visiting Jen’s Family in Michigan – September

  • Manhattan Project sites around Chicago
  • Indiana Dunes NL
  • Pullman NM
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes
  • Luddington area

Pacific Northwest – August

  • Klondike Gold Rush NHP
  • Seattle music scene destinations
  • Ebey’s Landing NHS
  • San Juan Islands NM
  • San Juan Island NHP
  • Lewis and Clark NHP
  • Fort Vancouver NHS
  • Bend brewery-hopping
  • John Day Fossil Beds NM
  • Manhattan Project NHP
  • Hanford Reach NM
  • Whitman Mission NHS
  • Nez Perce NHP
  • Lake Roosevelt NRA
  • Lake Chelan State Park
  • Lake Chelan NRA
  • Ross Lake NRA
  • North Cascades NP

Cannonball Run to Bighorn Canyon – July

  • Salt Lake City
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Dinosaur National Monument
  • Arches National Park
  • Bears Ears National Monument

Utah & Colorado – July

  • Newspaper Rock State Historic Site
  • Arches NP
  • Canyonlands NP
  • Green River State Park
  • Sego Canyon rock art
  • Nine Mile Canyon
  • McConkie Ranch petroglyphs
  • Dinosaur NP
  • Colorado NM
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP
  • Curecanti NRA
  • Million Dollar Highway/San Juan Mountains
  • Mesa Verde NP
  • Coal Mine Canyon

Dual Birthday Roadtrip – May

  • Rock Hound State Park (NM)
  • White Sands National Monument
  • Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
  • Chamizal National Memorial
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
  • Pancho Villa State Park (NM)
  • Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument
  • Black Hills Backcountry Byway
  • Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area

Four Corners – May

  • Homolovi State Park
  • Winslow
  • Hubbell Trading Post NHS
  • Window Rock
  • Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness
  • Navajo Lake State Park
  • Aztec Ruins NM
  • Yucca House NM
  • Mesa Verde NP
  • Lowry Pueblo/Canyons of the Ancients NM
  • Sand Island petroglyphs
  • Canyon de Chelly NM

Europe – April

  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Swiss Alps
  • Liechtenstein
  • Rome, Italy
  • Paris, France

National Monuments of Southern Utah – March

  • Navajo National Monument
  • Hovenweep National Monument
  • Natural Bridges National Monument
  • Bears Ears National Monument


Hawaii – December/January 2017

  • Oahu
  • Molokai
  • Maui
  • Big Island
  • 8 National Parks units

Los Angeles – December

  • Channel Islands NP
  • Hollywood Sign/Walk of Fame
  • Santa Monica Mountains NRA
  • Joshua Tree NP
  • “King Clone”
  • Bat Cave

San Francisco – November

  • John Muir NHS
  • Port Chicago Naval Battery National Memorial
  • Wine tasting in Santa Cruz
  • Eugene O’Neill NHS
  • Yosemite National Park

New Mexico – July

  • Petrified Forest NP
  • Valles Caldera NPres
  • Manhattan Project NHP
  • Bandelier NM
  • Petroglyph NM
  • El Morro NM
  • El Malpais NM/NCA
  • Fool Hollow Lake SP

#MyNationalParksMonth – May/June

  • 80 national parks
  • 6 state high points
  • Red Sox/Yankees at Fenway Park
  • Walden Pond
  • Niagara Falls
  • Holocaust Museum
  • Falling Water
  • ~50 local craft breweries
  • Just waaaay too many things to list here.

Surprise Destination trip with Jen – April

  • Puerto Rico
  • San Juan National Historic Site
  • US Virgin Islands
  • Virgin Islands National Park
  • Virgin Islands Corral Reef National Monument
  • Buck Island Reef National Monument
  • Christiansted National Historic Site
  • Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve
  • British Virgin Islands – Virgin Gorda
  • The Baths National Park

Arizona Trail (Vineyard segment) – April

Finishing the South – March

  • Ocmulgee NHS
  • Horseshoe Bend NMP
  • Tuskegee Airmen NHS
  • Tuskegee Institute NHS
  • Manhattan Project NHP
  • Ozark NSR
  • Jimmy Carter NHS
  • Andersonville NHS
  • High Points of Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, and Florida

Death Valley Superbloom – February

  • Arizona’s Joshua Tree Forest/Lake Mead
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Castle Mountains National Monument

Mojave National Preserve/Vegas – February

  • Mojave National Preserve
  • Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Las Vegas/Paris Paris


Arizona Strip for Jessica’s birthday – October

Labor Day Eastern AZ loop – September

Mogollon Rim camping – August

A Sequoia-Kings Canyon 4th – July

“Backpacking” Canyon de Chelly NM – May

An overnight in Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness – April

Rocky Point – April

Lake Havasu/Oatman – March

Anza-Borrego Desert SP – February

Swansea – January

Charlesbois Spring backpack – January


Sun Bowl roadtrip – December

Kayaking to the hot springs of Black Canyon – December

Reavis Ranch backpack – October

Backpacking the Zion Narrows – October

Laboring in the San Juan Mountains – August/September

Bear Wallow Wilderness backpacking – July

Zion West Rim backpacking – June

Lockett Meadow camping – June

Flagstaff camping for Humphrey’s Peak summit – May/June

See Canyon backpacking – May

Parsons Spring backpacking – May

Havasupai backpacking – April

Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness backpacking – April

Toroweap, Grand Canyon National Park camping – March

Zion National Park/Flagstaff camping with Dan – March


Tombstone with Jenny – September

  • Tombstone
  • Pima Air and Space Museum
  • Boneyard
  • Titan Missile Museum

Rust Belt Road Trip – August

  • Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument
  • Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historic Park
  • River Raisin National Battlefield Park
  • Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
  • James A Garfield National Historic Site
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • First Ladies National Historic Site
  • Hopewell Culture National Historic Park
  • Bluestone National Scenic River
  • New River Gorge National River
  • Gauley River National Recreation Area
  • Grosse Pointe Park, MI
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (Canton)

New Mexico – May (work)

  • Rio Grande del Norte National Monument
  • Aguirre Springs Recreation Area (Organ Mtns)
  • Aden Lavabeds
  • Three Rivers Petroglyph Site
  • Burros of Carrizozo
  • Albuquerque Breaking Bad filming locations
  • World’s Largest Chili
  • World’s Largest Pistachio

Meadview – May (work)

  • Quad ride in Grapevine Mesa-Joshua Tree Forest ACEC
  • Walk in Joshua Tree Forest
  • Kayaking in Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Battlefields and Beginnings road trip – March

  • Manassas National Battlefield Park
  • Prince William Forest Park
  • Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park
  • Fort Washington Park
  • Piscataway Park
  • Richmond National Battlefield Park
  • Maggie Walker National Historic Site
  • Petersburg National Battlefield
  • Appomattox Court House National Historic Park
  • Booker T Washington National Monument
  • Guilford Courthouse National Military Park
  • Moores Creek National Battlefield
  • Cape Lookout National Seashore
  • Wright Brothers National Memorial
  • Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore
  • Fort Monroe National Monument
  • Colonial National Historic Park (Jamestowne & Battle of Yorktown)
  • George Washington Birthplace National Monument
  • Thomas Stone National Historic Site
  • Greenbelt Park
  • Gettysburg National Military Park
  • Eisenhower National Historic Site
  • Monocacy National National Battlefield
  • Catoctin Mountain Park
  • Antietam National Battlefield
  • Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine
  • Hamption National Historic Site
  • Clara Barton National Historic Site
  • Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial
  • Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts
  • Great Falls of the Potomac


On the way to/from the Friends Rendezvous – October [partial work trip]

  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Navajo Bridge)
  • Arches National Park (Delicate Arch)
  • Yucca House National Monument
  • Curecanti National Recreation Area

Great Waters of the North – August (incomplete listing)

  • Missouri National Recreational River
  • Niobrara National Scenic River
  • Voyageurs National Park
  • Grand Portage National Monument
  • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
  • Isle Royale National Park
  • Keweenaw National Historical Park
  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Lincoln Home National Historic Site
  • Herbert Hoover National Historic Site
  • Effigy Mounds National Monument
  • Mississippi River National River & Recreation Area
  • Saint Croix National Scenic River
  • Northwest Angle – Angle Inlet

Hohokam Pima National Monument with Kim – July

Graham reunion & Roadside oddities of the Prairielands – July

  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
  • Nicodemus National Historic Site
  • Fort Larned National Historic Site
  • Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Chickasaw National Recreation Area
  • President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site
  • Buffalo National River
  • World’s Largest Ball of Twine and the Walk of Twine (Cawker City, KS)
  • Mount Sunflower (highest point in Kansas)
  • Panorama Point (highest point in Nebraska)
  • Chase County Courthouse – longest continuously operated west of Mississippi River
  • Council Grove and associated historical sites
  • Rock City
  • The hole where the guy who killed the guy who killed President Lincoln lived
  • Geographic Center of the contiguous US (and chapel)
  • Nazareth Convent and public gardens in Concordia
  • Garden of Eden
  • Bowl Plaza public bathrooms
  • Jack Kilby Memorial
  • World’s Largest Collection of the World’s Smallest Versions of the World’s Largest Things
  • Pawnee Rock
  • Santa Fe Trail ruts
  • Rush Center, Home of the Largest St Patrick’s Day parade
  • Barbed Wire Museum & Hall of Fame
  • Monument Rocks National Natural Landmark
  • World’s Largest Easel & Van Gogh’s Sunflowers
  • Kit Carson Lookout
  • Tri-state boundary marker (NE-CO-WY)
  • Eiffel Tower of Texas
  • Oklahoma Truck Supply sign

Chaco Canyon for Mom’s 70th – May

  • Chaco Canyon National Historical Park

Utah Canyons – May [partial work trip]

  • Cedar Mesa/Grand Gulch backpack
  • San Juan River rafting (Sand Island/Bluff to Mexican Hat)
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

The Gila  – April

  • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument
  • Trail of the Mountain Spirits National Scenic Byway
  • Catwalk National Recreational Trail
  • Mogollon (ghost town)

Grand Canyon – April

  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Agua Fria National Monument

San Diego – January [partial work trip]

  • Cuyamaca Rancho State Park
  • Anza Borrego State Park
  • Pacific Beach


Forts and Seashores – December

  • Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
  • Fort Moultrie
  • Fort Sumter National Monument
  • Charleston, SC
  • Fort Pulaski National Monument
  • Savannah, SC
  • Fort Frederica National Monument
  • Cumberland Island National Seashore
  • Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
  • Fort Caroline National Memorial
  • Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
  • Fort Matanzas National Monument
  • Canaveral National Seashore
  • De Soto National Memorial
  • Gulf Islands National Seashore

Yuma State Parks with Laura – November

  • Yuma Territorial Prison State Park
  • Yuma Crossing State Historic Park

Page with Laura – October

  • Coal Mine Canyon
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell)
  • Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Southern Sierra for Laura’s 30th – August

  • Sequoia National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park

Staff retreat on the Gunnison River [work] – June

  • Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area

Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim backpack – May

Las Cruces – May [work]

  • Organ Mountains

Southern Nevada – April [work]

  • Gold Butte
  • Sloan Canyon NCA

Las Vegas – March

Durango – March [work]

  • Chimney Rock Archaeological Area

Springdale, Utah – March [work]

  • Zion National Park

Flagstaff B&B with Laura – February

Vermilion Cliffs – February [work]

  • Wire Pass Trail, Vermilion Cliffs-Paria Canyon Wilderness

Otero Mesa – January [work]


Arizona Strip – October

  • North Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Antelope Canyon
  • Horseshoe Bend
  • Grand Falls

Northern California roadtrip – August

  • Manzanar National Historical Site
  • Devils Postpile National Monument
  • Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
  • Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Lava Beds National Monument
  • WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument – Tule Lake unit
  • Oregon Caves National Monument
  • Ashland, Oregon
  • Redwood State and National Parks
  • San Francisco
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • Morro Bay

New Mexico – July

  • White Sands National Monument
  • Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area
  • Roswell
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Red Cliffs National Conservation Area – July (Work)

Canyons of the Ancients and Aztec Ruins – July (Work)

  • Canyons of the Ancients National Monument
  • Aztec Ruins National Monument

Washington, DC – May (Work)

Las Cruces and Albuquerque – May (Work)

Camping on the Rim – May

Kayaking in Canyonlands – April

  • Green River
  • Arches National Park

Chico Hot Springs & B Bar Ranch – January (Work)


Bayou roadtrip – December

  • Big Thicket National Preserve
  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park
  • Poverty Point National Monument
  • Natchez Trace Parkway
  • Natchez Trace National Scenic Trail
  • Vicksburg National Military Park
  • Natchez National Historical Park
  • New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
  • Jean LaFitte National Historical Park and Preserve
  • New Year’s Eve in the French Quarter of New Orleans
  • Fort Bowie National Historical Site

Santa Fe – November (Work)

  • Kasha Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Canoeing the Green River – October

San Diego for a wedding – September

B Bar Ranch – October (Work)

Kasha Katuwe-Tent Rocks National Monument – September (Work)

Kayaking the Blue Ridge Reservoir – August

Rafting the Colorado in McInnis Canyon – June (Work)

Yellowstone and the B Bar Ranch – May (Work)

Headwaters and Arcata – May (Work)

Gold Butte and Red Rock Canyon – May (Work)

Baltimore – March (Work)

Mojave National Preserve with Victoria & Terry – February

  • Blythe Intaglios
  • Mojave National Preserve
  • Joshua Tree National Park

Washington DC for Obama’s Inauguration – January (Work) [Scott only]

  • Obama’s Inauguration (including standing room ticket for the swearing-in)
  • National Mall


Texas roadtrip – December

  • Fort Davis National Historic Site
  • San Antonio Missions National Historic Park
  • Lyndon B Johnson National Historic Park
  • Padre Island National Seashore
  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site
  • Amistad National Recreation Area
  • Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River
  • Big Bend National Park
  • Guadalupe Mountains National Park
  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park
  • Chamizal National Memorial

Canyonlands and Arches – September

  • Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky & Needles Districts)
  • Arches National Park
  • Ft Bluff

Durango – September (Work) [Scott only]

  • Durango
  • Four Corners
  • Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Post-Wedding Roadtrip through the South – July/August

  • Abraham Lincoln Birthplace NHS
  • Andrew Johnson NHS
  • Appalachian NST
  • Arkansas Post NM
  • Big South Fork NRRA
  • Blue Ridge PKWY
  • Brices Cross Roads NBS
  • Carl Sandburg Home NHS
  • Chattahoochee River NRA
  • Chickamauga & Chattanooga NMP
  • Congaree NP
  • Cowpens NB
  • Cumberland Gap NHP
  • Fort Donelson NB
  • George Rogers Clark NHP
  • Great Smoky Mountains NP
  • Hot Springs NP
  • Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
  • Kennesaw Mountain NBP
  • Kings Mountain NMP
  • Lincoln Boyhood NMem
  • Lincoln Home NHS
  • Little River Canyon NPres
  • Little Rock Central High School NHS
  • Mammoth Cave NP
  • Martin Luther King Jr NHS
  • Moores Creek NB
  • Natchez Trace NST
  • Natchez Trace PKWY
  • Ninety Six NHS
  • Obed WSR
  • Russell Cave NM
  • Shiloh NMP
  • Stones River NB
  • Tupelo NB
  • Ulysses S Grant NHS

Wedding in Yosemite – July

  • Yosemite National Park
  • Sonora, CA

Backpacking the Bear Wallow Wilderness – May

Durango for Board Meeting – May (Work) [Scott only]

  • Durango
  • Canyons of the Ancients National Monument

Lake Havasu City for Site Stewart Conference – April (Work)

  • London Bridge
  • Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge

Denver for APPL Conference – February (Work) [Scott only]

  • Denver Zoo
  • Denver Museum of Nature and Science
  • Denver Botanical Gardens
  • Capitol area


Holiday Bowl in San Diego – December

  • Holiday Bowl: ASU v. Texas
  • San Diego Wild Animal Park
  • Old Town San Diego SHP
  • Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala
  • Casa and Mission Beaches

Page – November (work)

  • Museum of Northern Arizona
  • Vermilion Cliffs National Monument
  • Navajo National Monument

Washington DC for Kim’s 30th Birthday – September (Work)

  • C & O Canal National Historic Park
  • Constitution Gardens
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
  • Frederick Douglas National Historic Site
  • George Washington Memorial Parkway
  • John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway
  • John Ericsson Memorial
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
  • National Mall
  • Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site
  • Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail
  • Rock Creek Park
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Washington Monument
  • White House
  • World War II Memorial
  • The Old Stone House
  • Natural History Museum
  • National Museum of Native American
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • National Archives
  • National Zoo
  • US Capitol Building
  • National Botanical Gardens
  • Theodore Roosevelt Island

Great American Roadtrip: 10th Anniversary trip – July/August

  • Great Basin National Park (NV)
  • Golden Spike National Historic Site (UT)
  • City of Rocks National Reserve (ID)
  • Minidoka Internment National Monument (ID)
  • Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument (ID)
  • Craters of the Moon National Monument (ID)
  • Big Hole National Battlefield (MT)
  • Glacier National Park (MT)
  • Waterton Lakes National Park (Canada)
  • Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site (MT)
  • Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (MT)
  • Pompey’s Pillar National Monument (MT)
  • Theodore Roosevelt National Park (both north & south units, ND)
  • Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site (ND)
  • Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site (ND)
  • Devils Tower National Monument (WY)
  • Mount Rushmore National Memorial (SD)
  • Jewel Cave National Monument (SD)
  • Wind Cave National Park (SD)
  • Crazy Horse Memorial (SD)
  • Badlands National Park (SD)
  • Minuteman Missile National Historic Site (SD)
  • Wounded Knee Massacre (SD)
  • Pipestone National Monument (MN)
  • Homestead National Monument (NE)
  • Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site (KS)
  • Harry S. Truman National Historic Site (MO)
  • Fort Scott National Historic Site (KS)
  • Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield (MO)
  • George Washington Carver National Monument (MO)
  • Pea Ridge National Military Park (AR)
  • Fort Smith National Historic Site (AR)
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial (OK)
  • Washita Battlefield National Historic Site (OK)
  • Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (TX)
  • Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument (TX)
  • The Simpsons House (Henderson, NV)
  • Salem Sue, the largest Hereford Cow statue in the world
  • Wall Drug Store (Wall, SD)
  • Geographic Center of the United States
  • Deadwood, SD
  • Vole Buffalo Jump

Minneapolis-St Paul for George Mason Society Conference – April (Work) [Scott only]

  • Mississippi National River & Recreation Area

Arizona Strip – March (Work) [Scott only]

  • Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
  • Grand Canyon National Park – Toroweap
  • Johnson Ranch Dinosaur Discovery Museum

Sacramento for APPL Conference – March (Work) [Scott only]

  • Sutter’s Fort SHP
  • Marshall Gold Discovery SHP
  • California Capitol Park
  • California State Railroad Museum


Family and the Coast – December

  • Pinnacles National Monument
  • San Juan Bautista Mission State Historic Park
  • Palo Alto, CA (visiting family)
  • John Muir National Historic Site
  • Sacramento, CA (visiting family)
  • The Dalles, OR (visiting family)
  • Ft. Vancouver National Historic Site
  • Lewis & Clark National Historic Park
  • Redwoods National Park

San Francisco for BEC Training – August (Work) [Scott only]

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Fourth of July Reunion in San Diego – July

  • Cabrillo National Monument
  • Torrey Pines State Reserve/State Beach

Following the Historic Trails – July

  • Ft Union National Monument
  • Agate Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Scott’s Bluff National Monument
  • Santa Fe
  • Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
  • Bend’s Old Fort National Historic Site
  • Capulin Volcanic National Monument
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Chimney Rock National Historic Site
  • Ft Laramie National Historic Site

Washington, DC – June (partial work trip)

Zion and Bryce, Part II – April

  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Gafton, UT (ghost town)
  • Pipe Spring National Monument
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Kodachrome Basin State Park
  • Horseshoe Point (near Page, AZ)

Grand Canyon with Kate and Joel – April


New Mexico National Monuments – July

  • Bandalier National Monument
  • Petroglyph National Monument
  • Pecos National Monument

Washington DC – June (Work) [Scott only]

  • Sewall-Belmont House National Historic Site
  • Constitution Gardens
  • John Ericsson Memorial
  • Korean War Veterans Memorial
  • Lincoln Memorial
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove on the Potomac
  • National Mall
  • Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial
  • Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Washington Monument
  • White House
  • World War II Memorial
  • Natural History Museum
  • Museum of American History


Sun Bowl – December

  • Sun Bowl: ASU v. Purdue
  • White Sands National Monument

Arches with Robert & Shanna – October

  • Arches National Park

Our Engagement roadtrip – July

  • Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • Zion National Park (Kolob Canyons)
  • Timpanogos Cave National Monument
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton National Park
  • Fossil Butte National Monument
  • Dinosaur National Park
  • Colorado National Monument
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
  • Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
  • Mesa Verde National Park
  • Hovenweep National Monument
  • Natural Bridges National Monument
  • Navajo National Monument


Channel Islands – December

  • Channel Islands National Park
  • Anza-Borrego State Park

California Coast – March

  • Las Vegas
  • San Francisco
  • Muir Woods National Monument
  • Point Reyes National Seashore

Sequoia/Kings Canyon with Tiff – August

  • Sequoia National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Joshua Tree National Park

Olympic with Jess – June

  • Olympic National Park

Mogollon Rim camping with Tiffany and Cassie – July


Holiday Bowl in San Diego – December

  • Holiday Bowl: ASU v. Kansas State
  • San Diego
  • Joshua Tree National Park

Mt Rainier & Crater Lake – August

  • Mt. Rainier National Park
  • Crater Lake National Park
  • Newberry National Volcanic Monument

The Sierras with Mom – May [Scott only]

  • Sequoia National Park
  • Kings Canyon National Park
  • Yosemite National Park

Zion and Bryce Canyon – March

  • Zion National Park
  • Bryce Canyon National Park


Petrified Forest, El Morro, and El Malpais – July

  • Petrified Forest National Park
  • El Morro National Monument
  • El Malpais National Monument
  • El Malpais National Conservation Area

Scotland and Ireland – May [Scott only]

Zion with ASU – March [Scott only]

  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Zion National Park
  • Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park


The Dalles – July

  • The Dalles
  • Whitewater rafting the Deschutes River
  • Mt St Helens National Volcanic Monument
  • Columbia River Gorge

Los Angeles (March or summer)

  • Universal Studios
  • Hollywood
  • Show tapings of That 70s Show and Whose Line Is It Anyway?
  • La Brea Tar Pits

New York City with Dad – January


Charlotte’s 100th Birthday – December

  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

Falling in love with the Sierras – August

  • Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park
  • Yosemite National Park
  • Death Valley National Park

San Francisco with the Altima – March

  • San Francisco
  • Big Basin State Park
  • Muir Woods National Monument
  • Alcatraz
  • Fort Point
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area


Sequoia/King’s Canyon with Anthony – August [Scott only]

  • Sequoia National Park
  • King’s Canyon National Park

Las Vegas: Our first trip together – March

  • Las Vegas
  • Red Rock National Conservation Area
  • Valley of Fire State Park
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area