Jim Heskett

Author, Blogger, Charlatan


Redwood National Park: Northern California is the best California

Redwood National Park has all kinds of stuff Catch up on the first part of the adventure here. 5.21.14 Drive through windy roads for what feels like forever, stuck behind a houseboat clogging the road. Beautiful views of green valleys and peaks, but taking twisty turns on tiny mountain roads behind  A FRIGGIN HOUSEBOAT is kinda stressful.

Rocky Mountain National Park Project

Rocky Mountain National Park Project

The Rocky Mountain National Park Project I know the title makes it sound like some kind of charitable environmental movement. Not so much. If you were looking for that, this isn’t the post for you. Read on for some highlights from the park this summer, though. One of my life goals is to hike every trail in Rocky Mountain National Park, before I kick that ‘ol bucket. I’ve been at this Rocky Mountain National Park Project since about 2006, and since that time, I’ve documented every trail hiked on a map of RMNP. It’s a combination of day hikes, snowshoeing, overnights […]

Alien Landing Signal

Devils Tower, the Alien Landing Signal

Alien Landing Signal or national Monument? You Decide. On the return trip from North Dakota to Colorado, we made a swing into Wyoming (as one usually does, of course) to see Devil’s Tower National Monument. From far away, you get a view of the nubbin of this 800-foot rock that was the setting of the alien landing scene from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Teddy Roosevelt is Also a National Park

Teddy Roosevelt is Also a National Park

Day 5 Up from the motel and tried to find a place for breakfast in Medora. It’s one of these tiny seasonal towns so everything is shut. We’re told that the only option is at the convenience store, and yep, that’s the place to be. Everyone in town is hanging out there. One thing that surprises me about North Dakota (and South, too) is the lack of accents. I guess I expected everyone to sound like the movie Fargo, but not so much. Drive into the park, it’s mostly history lessons about Teddy Roosevelt at the visitor center. I’d heard of the Rough Riders and […]

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