Home Is Where the Heart Is: A Journey Out of the Last Wilderness

words and photos by Ann Olsson :: There’s something about packing your bags and leaving a place close to your heart, knowing you’ll never live there again. This is how I felt in May of 2016 when I made the journey out of the wilderness surrounding Fairbanks, Alaska and into the relatively big city of Madison, Wisconsin. At that time, my husband flew [...]

Photo Essay: Havasupai, Land of the Blue Green Water

Havasu Falls at dusk. The stretch of waterfalls along Arizona's Havasu Creek in the Havasupai Indian Reservation are well known for their intense beauty and incredible colors. An offshoot of the Grand Canyon and part of the Colorado River system, the area's unearthly turquoise waters are sacred to the Havasupai people through whom it is said these waters flow. Lindsey [...]

Unstoppable: Backcountry Skiing while Pregnant

words by Ryan Scavo; photos by Ryan Scavo unless otherwise credited When my husband and I shared our annual hut trip plans with friends and family, we experienced mixed reactions. My parents and in-laws considered me a bit crazy and urged me to “be careful” and not "overdo it.” However, our ski-crazed friends from back East called the hut managers and booked [...]

Sand Dunes National Park by Sled

Words and photos by Kersten Vasey My friend and I were having our usual midweek discussion that revolved around plans for the weekend's adventure. Weekend at Copper? Potentially. Tetons? A bit far. Camping in Sand Dunes National Park? Intriguing. I had just moved from Boston to Colorado and was ready to explore. But it was November, that awkward time of year when the snow [...]

5 Micro-Adventures in—Kansas?

Adventures...where? Every time I open a map of the United States my eyes land on the state of Kansas first. Yes, it is my home state, but it is also right in the center of the map—and for a state that is centered in the middle of the country, Americans sure overlook it a lot. Many regard Kansas as a barren, flat wasteland that makes [...]