Entries by Kenton Krueger

Lavelle’s Bistro in Fairbanks, Alaska

You know how the saying goes, “When in Fairbanks?” Wait.. That’s not actually the saying, is it? Its “When in Rome,” isn’t it? Oh, well. For our purposes here we’re going with “When in Fairbanks.” And when in Fairbanks, Alaska, eat at Lavelle’s! Fifteen years has passed since Kathy Lavelle and Frank Eagle founded Lavelle’s […]

Fall in Yosemite National Park

I’m going to steal a line here, but do you know the feeling that comes from finally seeing a place that you’ve only seen prior in postcards? Yosemite is that type of place, if you’ve never been. A place where the geology figuratively slaps you in the face as granite features such as Half Dome […]

Critters of Costa Rica

Before we start this post let us take a moment for an official Backcountry Journey’s Public Service Announcement: PHOTOGRAPHERS BEWARE! If you travel with us on our Wildlife of Costa Rica Tour you may not return home! That’s right. But not for any scary reasons, or anything as such. Its Costa Rica’s “pura vida” that […]

Zion National Park: Angel’s Landing Re-Opens

There is seemingly a lot of news coming out of Zion National Park these days, however, we wanted to point out one particularly important item important to us that may have slipped through the proverbial cracks. Zion National Park’s world-famous “Angel’s Landing” hike has been re-opened after being closed since intense flooding, mudslides and rockfall […]

Update on the Yellowstone Grizzly Hunt

Quick update on the proposed grizzly hunts that were to take place this month in Wyoming and Idaho. We had written a blog post a few weeks ago on photographer Thomas Mangelsen and his, and others, efforts to block this hunt. Looks like for now the group will be pleased. U.S. District Court Judge Dana […]

Long Dormant Yellowstone Hot Spring is erupting!

A quick update from Yellowstone National Park, and this time at least it does not involve anyone taunting bison. Ear Spring, a normally docile spring, erupted recently for the first time since 2004, shooting steam and water 20 to 30 feet into the air, which a press release from the Park indicated is a height […]

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Makes Plans to Re-Open

News coming out of Hawaii is that Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park will soon be able to reopen after several months of closures due to volcanic eruptions. If you haven’t heard, major earthquakes and lava eruptions from the Kilauea Volcano have kept most of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park temporarily off limits to visitors for the last […]

Shoot’em with a camera–not a gun.

Shoot’em with a camera–not a gun. That is precisely what wildlife photographer Thomas Mangelsen plans to do with the grizzly bear tag he recently was awarded through a lottery drawing as the largest grizzly hunt in the lower 48 states in more than 40 years is due to get underway soon, in Wyoming. Mangelsen, an […]

Yellowstone Bison Tough Guy Update

Fun, quick, update on the bozo bison bully we wrote on a few weeks back. You’ll remember this internet sensation as Raymond Reinke, of Oregon. His legal proceedings have now passed and he has been given a punishment that might come up a bit shy of what many would have liked to have seen, but […]

Introducing Ben Blankenship

Oops, we did it again! Russ has hired another fantastic, capable and amazing photo guide to the Backcountry Journeys team as we continue to grow. Please help me welcome Ben Blankenship to the Backcountry Journeys team! Ben comes to us via Costa Rica, originally from Tennessee, U.S.A. His work has been published in the New […]

White Sands National Monument

She walks at night. Across the lonely dunes of New Mexico’s Great White Sand Dunes National Monument, the ghost of a lonely maiden still dressed in her flowing white wedding gown searches endlessly for her lost love. There are few written accounts of the famous legend of White Sands, leaving oral tradition left to carry […]

This again? Already? Man takes selfie with bears…

These guys obviously missed the Backcountry Journeys blog post from earlier this month. Remember the one? About the man arrested for taunting bison at Yellowstone National Park in late July. We only touched on that situation to remind us all of our responsibility towards ourselves, wildlife and others, while visiting National Parks. This again? Already? […]

Yellowstone’s Grand Prismatic

With temperatures that are so hot if touched by a human hand skin would melt right off the bone, it’s hard to imagine it also being one of America’s geologic and visual treasures. But it is! First noted by early 1800’s European trappers (obviously discovered much earlier by Native Americans) as a “boiling lake with […]

The Ecosystems of Rocky Mountain National Park

‘O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain… For purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain! -Katharine Lee Bates   These words, originally lyrics from a poem titled ‘Pikes Peak,’ were inspired by the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. First published in the 1895 Fourth of July edition of the church periodical The Congregationalist, […]