Category Archives: Campstake Guides

An Essential Guide to South Florida’s Four National Parks and Preserves

Hiking In Sedona, Arizona

Why do most people travel to Sedona? Because of the intense beauty it has to offer. People who love the outdoors will get more than they can handle in a weekend or week vacation. Full time nomads don’t experience everything it has to offer! This was our second time in Sedona and it totaled to just […]

New Hampshire 4000 Footers

I wanted to take a moment to write about my recently-completed quest to summit all 48 of the 4,000-foot mountains in New Hampshire (aka the 4,000-Footers). Even though I am out exploring some unbelievably incredible areas of this country, the mountains of New England hold a special place in my heart and I often think […]

Raising Backpackers

Every year I’m blessed with the opportunity to spend a couple of nights in the backcountry with my kids. On these trips I get time without the distractions of our usual lives. There’s no TV, no radio, no ballet or ice skating or tae kwon do. It’s just them and me and it’s magical. While […]

Yellowstone Tips for Family Photographers

Our family has had the opportunity to visit Yellowstone National Park three times so far this year. From those three experiences, we have learned about when to visit Yellowstone if you are interested in a family experience filled with quiet animal encounters that happen close to the main roads. This is key for families like ours, with young […]

Essential Tips for Your Alaskan Outdoor Adventure

Alaska truly is the “Last Frontier” in more ways than one.  With its unprecedented wilderness, mindblowing scenery, rich history and culture, and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation, it is arguably THE outdoor enthusiast’s mecca. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that it was all of these things that enticed me to pack up my life and move across […]

Tips for Backcountry Campsite Selection with Kids

Before we had kids we camped at some sites that were less than ideal; like the time we couldn’t make it to a portage before nightfall and ended up setting up camp on moss covered rocks in a swampy area at the height of mosquito season.  I had never seen so many mosquitoes before in […]

Campstake Guide: Glacier National Park

The vastness of Glacier National Park is incredible! Its beauty is impossible to capture in mere words, and photographs only partially convey the wonders we discovered in this amazing corner of God’s great creation. It really needs to be experienced in person to be fully comprehended!

Black Mesa: Solitude, silence and serenity

Think of a place. A place that you’ve never been, that caught your attention, and for whatever reason, didn’t let go. You tell yourself that one day, you’re going to go there. I seem to zig where other people zag. Whereas a lot of people might gravitate toward a tropical paradise or some sort of […]

Red Mountain Trail Guide

Looking to hit a trail near Flagstaff that’s accessible, sees low traffic, is popular with wildlife, and full of beautiful views? The Red Mountain Trail just 31 miles west of Flagstaff will check all those boxes for you!