The Latest on Volcanoes (In My Life)

Volcanoes have been in the news a lot lately. There is the ongoing eruption of K­īlauea, on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. Then the news of a decapitated Roman excavated in the ruins of Pompeii, Italy. And then the heart-breaking news out of Guatemala, where the eruption of the Fuego volcano has claimed dozens, maybe …

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Favorite Travel Photos from 2017

I was again excited to be able to experience some pretty amazing places across the United States and world this year, spending time in eight states and three countries. Here are some of my favorite travel photos from my 2017 journeys! Comment on your favorites! I hope these photos remind everyone what an amazing world …

In the News: Story from My Alma Mater

My alma mater, Pacific Lutheran University, just published a story profiling me as an author and national park ranger. If you'd like to learn a little more about motivates me everyday, including in my jobs as a writer, park ranger, and traveler, head over to http://www.plu.edu/marcom/news/2016/08/01/park-ranger-plog/ I am grateful for all the study abroad opportunities …

Announcing the Full List of Stories (and Bits of Bad Travel Advice) in Make Sure You Have a Map

What’s the worst travel advice you’ve ever been given? I have been given advice both good and bad before my travels, and am happy to announce the titles of twenty stories of travel advice I am glad I ignored, travel lesson I had to learn along the way as I explored more than a dozen …