Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day from all of us at Backcountry Journeys!

Each 4th of July, Americans come together as just that – Americans. We unite to celebrate the birth of our nation, generally with picnics, parades, flags, music, fireworks and more! 

But, did you know this style of celebration is not all that different than how we’ve always done it? The following is a description from a July 1777 article in the Virginia Gazette, describing the holiday’s festivities one year following the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776: 

 “The evening was closed with the ringing of bells, and at night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks, which began and concluded with thirteen rockets on the commons, and the city was beautifully illuminated. Every thing was conducted with the greatest order and decorum, and the face of joy and gladness was universal.”

-Virginia Gazette, July 18, 1777

Kenton Krueger








Kenton Krueger has spent the past several years guiding backpackers, hikers, and photographers into the wild places of the American West such as Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Glacier, Katmai, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Olympic, Redwood, Arches, and Canyonlands National Parks, as well as internationally in Costa Rica & Brazil. In addition to backpacking and camping, his adventures include rock climbing, exploring the slot canyons of southern Utah, mountain biking, and bagging 14ers in Colorado’s San Juan Mountain Mountain Range. Kenton is a trail runner, former pilot, and spent roughly five years writing and photographing for the award-winning Omaha World-Herald newspaper, out of his hometown, Omaha, Nebraska. Kenton looks forward to utilizing his years of trip leading and guiding experience, combined with his passion and experience behind the lens, to provide memorable and unforgettable experiences at the wild places we will visit together.

Don’t miss the next session of BCJ Live!

Managing Your Photo Library (rescheduled)
with Russell Graves

Tuesday, Jan 25th, 2022
11 am – 12 pm Mountain Time

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