December 21, 2014

Palo Duro Canyon trailside viewCopyright © Justin W. MooreSee more photos at

Two Miles from Hell…

Location: Palo Duro Canyon State Park (Canyon, Texas) Time of Year: Late July Weather: Sunny and hot, high 100+ degrees Activities: Hiking, photography Palo Duro Canyon State Park is, by far, one of the most beautiful Texas parks we have had the pleasure to visit. After spending the prior three days in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park, we found the rugged canyonlands of Palo Duro provided an especially stark and memorable contrast. In just ten hours of highway travel, the … Read More >>

Our West Verde Creek Campsite (#130). Copyright © Shannon D. Moore. See more photos at

Sultry Hill Country SNA

Location: Hill Country State Natural Area (Bandera, Texas) Time of Year: Mid-June Weather: Sunny and humid, highs in the upper 90's Activities: Camping, hiking, birding, photography We had been experiencing a severe case of "camping withdrawal", having not camped since our January visit to Bastrop State Park. After a disappointing visit to overcrowded Garner State Park on June 7, we both yearned to camp and get away from crowds. Enter Hill Country State Natural Area, with over 5,000 … Read More >>

Wildflowers and the pink granite domes of Enchanted Rock

Enchanted Rock Misadventure

Location: Enchanted Rock State Natural Area (Fredericksburg, Texas) Time of Year: Mid-May Weather: Mostly cloudy, 40% chance of thunderstorms, mid-80s Activities: Hiking, birding, photography Submitted by: Shannon Moore We arrived at Enchanted Rock at 8:30 AM, a half hour after the park opened. When we arrived, all of the granite domes were obscured from view by a dense fog bank. As the fog lifted, we were awed by the transformation the park undergoes in spring: thriving patches of … Read More >>

Camping in the Rain by Joel Friesen via Flickr.

Wet Weather Camping with Kids

Rainy weather, even minor thunderstorms, do not have to interfere with your family's camping plans. By following the simple tips below, you can make your camping experience safer and more enjoyable for everyone, rain or shine: Shelter Make sure your tent has proven itself rain-worthy. If the tent is new, hose it down in the backyard several days before your trip and crawl inside to check for leaks. Let the kids help, if they'd like! Allow the tent to dry thoroughly and then apply seam … Read More >>

Celebration of Our Mountains  Tin Mine Hike, 9/14/2013. Photo by Visit El Paso, via Flickr.

What’s an Adventure Journal?

When I began hiking, I started keeping a "hiking / adventure journal". By documenting the date, time, location, distance travelled, weather conditions, and other notable features of each of our hikes in the journal, we have created a useful resource for planning future adventures. Even the details of your most memorable outdoor adventures will begin to fade with time. By documenting your experiences while they are still fresh in your mind, you create a lasting record to which you can refer as … Read More >>