Tips for Exploring Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge

Off the coast of Florida‘s Atlantic shoreline lies its largest barrier island, and on that island, you’ll find Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and Canaveral National Seashore. Herein lies two federally protected public lands you could potentially explore for days. I, sadly, only had one, but I made the most …

What to Expect When Driving the Alaska Highway in Winter

There aren’t many cars driving the Alaska Highway in winter. Construction hasn’t started, but occasionally semi-trucks will pass you at flying speeds in the middle of snow storms. Mostly, though, you’ll find yourself on safari, sharing the road with caribou, bison, and sheep. Essentially, you have the road to yourself. …

Beginners Guide: Day Trip to Dry Tortugas National Park

I don’t think I’ve met anyone who doesn’t want to visit Dry Tortugas National Park. Additionally, I don’t think anyone who has been had anything bad to say. It makes sense. This incredible national park has something for everyone. Are you a nature lover? Dry Tortugas features some of the …

What to Wear in Alaska: Complete Packing List

So, you’re planning a trip to Alaska? Congratulations! You’re about to lay eyes on some of the most beautiful scenery you’ve ever seen. But you already knew that. What you’re struggling with is what to pack, and it’s understandable. The weather in Alaska can change in a heartbeat. Plus, you can …

Why the Big Island is the Best Island to Visit in Hawaii

The largest island in America’s 50th state is a treasure. After visiting three islands in October 2017, I determined the Big Island is my favorite, and the best island to visit in Hawaii period. It showcased the most diversity, from perfect white sand beaches to boiling craters. It also hosts …

The Ultimate Checklist for America’s 417 National Parks by State

Did you know there are 417 National Parks in America? The National Park Service manages more than the national parks you’ve heard of, like Yosemite and Yellowstone. There are also national monuments, national historical parks, national battlefields, national seashores, and more. I bet you’ve heard of some of them, too, …

Ranger Life: What Does a National Park Internship Entail?

Over the years, I have been asked many questions about my work experiences. Millions of people visit our national parks annually, but many don’t know what a park ranger’s job is like or what our responsibilities are. In my new series Ranger Life, I’ll discuss the day to day lives …

Visit National Parks Virtually During the Government Shutdown

Park’s closed, park’s closed. Moose out front should’ve told ya. National Parks Affected During Government Shutdown The United States Government shutdown at midnight and national parks are officially closed. Well, they’re actually open. But park rangers can’t go to work, so activities and services are extremely limited. Most importantly, they …

My Road Trip Across America with a Complete Stranger

Right after graduating college, I went on a road trip with this girl, Allison. We had a few classes together, so it seemed our interests were similar. One time, we ate Mexican food together and bonded over our mutual love for tacos. Still, we barely knew each other. Everyone would probably …