Steeped in myth and magic, the Isle of Skye's otherworldly landscape has become one of the world's latest obsessions. Scroll for some of the most magical photos of the incredible Inner Hebridean Island.
Mountain vacations are a perfect way to combine a relaxing holiday in nature with a variety of fun activities. You can explore, camp, go hiking, or just sit and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Regardless of what your plans are, a packing list for a mountain trip is a bit longer, so here is a reminder of all the things you may need.
I consider myself pretty adventurous. I love to explore the wilderness around my Montana home in Livingston, specifically the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness just north of Yellowstone National Park.
It was so peaceful and relaxing as I took in the awesome view of the mountains. Life seemed to come to a stop as I focused on the beautiful scenery and the soothing sounds of nature. Wishing that I would see a bear or other wildlife, I kept my eyes scanning in a 360-degree pattern, so I wouldn’t miss anything.
We all have a place we call home, even if it’s not where we live. For me, that place is Stanley, ID and the Challis National Forest. If you are a nature lover or outdoor enthusiast, I encourage you to plan a trip!
If Disneyland is the “happiest place on earth,” then many people would also say that Glacier Bay is the “most beautiful place on earth”—or at least it is in the World’s Top Ten! If you check most travelers’ “bucket list,” Glacier Bay will always be there somewhere! It is truly a MUST SEE up close and personal.
Someone told me not to visit Alaska until I'm in my 80s. "There will be cruise ships sailing to Alaska, filled with old people like yourself who have been all over the world but never to Alaska. It will be their last destination before seeing heaven."
It was 2014, I was 20 years old working as a product photographer. I had the urge to do a bike trip from Cincinnati, Ohio to Cleveland, Ohio. So I took the time off work and planned the trip up the Ohio to Erie bike trail. I had a fixed gear bicycle (for those of you who don't know, a fixie is a bike with a fixed gear so you cannot coast. If the wheel is moving the pedals are moving. At the time I rode without brakes because I could brakes with my legs/pedals) and a milk crate. I packed up some camping gear and a backpack full of my equipment, like computer and camera. Being a photographer I wanted to take pictures on the trip and being a product photographer I wanted to work while on the trip. Terrible idea, clearly I didn't think this out because it was so much unneeded weight on my bike back.
Of course you can't hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail in the dead of winter. That would be impossible. But over the years I have hiked many sections of the Pacific Crest Trail in the dead of winter, and some of those for hundreds of miles and months at a time. My favorite of all winter hikes on the PCT is the section from the Mexican border, 250 miles up to the heart of the San Jacinto Mountains, and then back to the border. The secret to this hike is that it is mostly through the south-eastern deserts of California which, even in the dead of winter, are relatively snow free. And, if not balmy, at least usually above freezing during the day. Most of the time hiking is in the 3,000 foot elevation range with the only real high altitudes coming around Mount Laguna, (up to 6,000 feet) Combs Peak, (5,000 feet), and the San Jacinto Mountains (between 5,000 and 7,000 feet), which was where I had to turn around and head back south to the border.
Sometimes when you travel, it is often easy to overlook great opportunities. During our visit to France this year, we were 2 km from the Gouffre de Padirac Caves and almost missed going!
An epic Kinder day of over 20 miles of Kinder at her best. She really gave me a show today, sunshine, poor visibility, strong winds. The only thing missing was the snow.
As I flew out of Anchorage, Alaska, headed back to my lab in Colorado, I saw the beautiful glaciers in the mountains. This image tells a story of beauty and sadness. You can see the light of the setting sun reflecting off the glaciers and lakes. But it’s sad to think that if action isn’t taken, they soon will be gone.