Stories of Travel to Beautiful and Meaningful Places

My multi-decade, wildly-ambitious plan to chronicle one-thousand and one stories of travels and adventures to national and state parks, monuments, forests, grasslands, and destinations of significant meaning.

The places that I travel are treasures for those who visit. They provide moments of personal contemplation, a connection with nature, and a timeless kinship to the people who made the location valuable.

1001 Tales of Treasure

I'll soon be joining the ranks of the "empty nesters." While many people struggle to understand what that means for their lives, I already have a plan - GO MOBILE. I plan to transition to writing fiction full time and traveling the Americas with my teardrop trailer. On September 15, 2020, my new adventure begins.


Shea's Travel, Adventure, & Photo Blog Posts

Hiking to Pear Lake For My 50th Birthday
Rather than gifts, my sons now give me the perfect present each year by spending my birthday with me hiking. That gift of time is far more valuable than any physical items they could buy for me.
A Simple Connection with Nature
While camping in on the North Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, an interaction with a Stellars Jay gave me a moment to reflect on our place in nature.
Jeeping Around Cathedral Valley in Capitol Reef National Park
As the sun rose, I headed offroad toward the majestic Cathedral Valley. A long-abandoned truck and gorgeous morning sun proved an ample canvas to play with my camera. Deeper along my journey, I found myself alone with the impressive monoliths known as The Temples of the Sun and Moon.
NuCamp T@G XL Outback Walkthrough
Check out this walk-through of my new T@G XL. This will be my home away from home when I disappear into the wild!
Beginning 1001 Tales of Treasure
In the summer of 2017, I launched "My National Park Quest." It was born during a trip to some of[...]
Descending into the Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Within the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, reaching the Gunnison River means either repelling down 2,000-foot cliffs or "hiking" down steep ravines. As I am not a technical climber, I opted to trek to the river via the SOB Draw. The trip down took about two hours, while the journey back up took over four hours, but every minute of the day was well worth the effort. Being in the Black Canyon is a unique and memorable experience.
Hiking to The Double Arch Alcove in Zion National Park
My late summer hike to the Double Arch Alcove at the end of Taylor Creek Trail in Zion National Park is wonderful, despite some of the idiots that often appear in national parks.
My National Park Quest Declaration!
I am declaring that I intend to To Experience & Share each of the United States National Parks, plus all of our National Forests and National Monuments. A recent trip through southern Utah has finally prompted me to begin this epic adventure. Over the next decade or so, I'll be traveling to every state and many of the US territories to discover more about this great country and sharing it with you.
Kicking Around Some Landscapes
Between launching a new software company, running my marketing company, working on writing my next novel, getting some hiking in, and raising my sons, I've been playing with little photography.
Hiking Plan, Wild Basin, July 23, 2015
My hiking plan for July 23, 2015. Please feel free to copy and use in anyway you wish.
Finally Paddling a Little
Mike and I took my canoe out this weekend. We had a blast and managed to snap a couple of decent pictures.
How I Climbed the “Wrong” Mountain
It happens. Your mind can get lost in the beauty of the place where you are, and before you know it, you've climbed the wrong mountain!
Smokey and a Real Bear!
After hiking for many years in the Colorado Rockies, I'd never seen a bear while on the trail. That finally changed while hiking on the Sandbeach Lake Trail.
Jammin as a Viewbug Curator
I was recently invited to be a curator at site that concentrates on photo contests, ViewBug. It is a little different that other sharing sites and contest sites, as you can "like" a photo, but you can also award photos with various awards such as "Top Choice," "Superb Composition," and "Absolute Masterpiece."
Wildflowers of the Mt Evans Wilderness
The wildflowers have been crazy this year in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Last week, while I was hiking to the[...]
Lakes, Cascades, and Rain – Water of Mt Evans Wilderness
A day of hiking to Chicago Lakes in the Mt Evans Wilderness, was one of various types of water features. We experienced wonderful mountain stream cascades, sat by beautiful mountain lakes, and hiked through some pleasant mountain showers.
Beautiful Bee on a Sunflower
While hiking in the Garden of the Gods, my hiking companion pointed out this beautiful sunflower with a bee on it. The wind had died down, and it was almost like the bee was posing for the picture. I absolutely love how transparent the bee’s wings are.
Abandoned Wagon of the West
Driving through the area known as North Park, in the Colorado Rocky Mountains, I spotted this old, abandoned wagon just[...]
Hanging Out with a Bull Moose in RMNP
I was extremely lucky to get to spend an hour and a half with a bull moose in his own world, in the wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park.
Sternberg Museum
In Hays, Kansas is arguably the most photographed fossil in history. Excavated in Gove County, Kansas in 1952, by  George[...]
Between Game Wandering Along the Yampa
My younger son had a baseball tournament in Steamboat Springs, CO. That's one awesome place to have a tournament. However,[...]
Finch Lake Trailhead to Pear Lake
Yesterday, I got a late start for what would turn out to be a great hike. I hit the trailhead[...]
State Trust Lands & Arapaho National Forest
This last weekend, my younger son, Brandon had a baseball tournament in Steamboat Springs, CO.  Since the boys would be[...]
Eagles Nest Open Space
Near Livermore, CO is Larimer County's Eagles Nest Open Space. Through the years, I have driven by the sign pointing[...]
Who Knew? A Nice Hike Near Carter Lake
Thinking I was just going for a stroll along Carter Lake, I got a great surprise - Sundance Trail is a nice little 3.3 mile trail along the west side of the lake.
Sandbeach Lake In May
A blog post about my hike to Sandbeach Lake in May. The Lake was still frozen, and the weather was crazy, but I got some great pictures and had a wonderful hike.
First 2014 Wild Basin Hike
I headed up this weekend with a friend for a quick hike along the Nighthawk Trail at Hall Ranch.  Within a[...]
Finally a Warm Hike
The temperature is finally moving into the range for hiking in shorts and t-shirts along the Colorado Front Range.  [...]
Good Good Friday Hiking
The foothills here in the Colorado Rocky Mountains are melting off and drying up.  On Good Friday, my friend Mike[...]
Snowshoeing Alone to Two Rivers Lake
A Solo Trek to the Frozen Wild The day started off beautifully sunny and almost warm, but by the end[...]
Hall Ranch Hike with a New Pair of Crampons
ONE MORE EXCUSE GONE!!! In my continuing quest, to eliminate my silly excuses for not hiking in less-than -perfect conditions,[...]
Solo Snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park
I've spent too much time complaining about the cold and using it as an excuse not to get into the[...]
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