Update: I'm 164 Days in the final chapter of Walk The Parks!

Hey Everyone,

I've been staying in Colorado for about a week, hosted by my wonderful friend Rich. I've been resting, organizing some gear, and preparing for the next leg of the journey!

First, what have I been up to? Well, I guess I'll write and explain that now, below. The short of it is I've hiked over 2,300 miles in the past few months, done a bunch of hiking in and between National Parks, and it's been awesome. Plus, I'm not done! I'm leaving tomorrow to start the next leg of my adventure: walking from Zion National Park to the Mexican border! After that more adventures are planned, so stay tuned!

Starting on April 23, 2021, exactly 164 days ago, I moved out of my yurt which had amazing views, though lacked plumbing, and drove east. I first made my way to Gateway Arch National Park, which was in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Certainly different than parks like Yosemite or Olympic, but interesting in its own right.

Next, I drove to Mammoth Cave National Park in Kentucky. Sadly, 90% of the cave was closed, but some of it was open and fun to explore. There were also some cool backpacking trails I spent a few days exploring. I was also able to reconnect with my friend Cory and his wife and dog, which was fun!

Next up was Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Ohio. Very unique park in that it's so close to large urban areas of Cleveland and Akron. You're on a 7 lane highway one minute, then in the park the next. Although no camping or backpacking is allowed in the park, it was fun to explore trails and waterfalls.

Indiana Dunes National Park is a getaway for the greater Chicago area. I was there in early May, and sometimes the only car in enormous parking lots. This park is a National and State Park combined. It was fun to walk along the shores of Lake Michigan as well as climb all of the dunes. Had some poor weather a couple days, but my last day was sunny and beautiful.

Voyageurs National Park was up next, and quite incredible! While there are a few trails you can drive to, the majority of the park is on lakes. I rented a canoe and did a weeklong canoe exploration which was incredible! So many bald eagles, loons, beavers, otters, and other water fowl, I felt like I was in a wildlife wonderland. I did flip the canoe once into freezing cold water, but thankfully I was very close to shore and not much got wet, other than me!