Memorial Day is often regarded as the unofficial ‘beginning of summer;’ a time for parties, travel, picnics, and other social events spanning the long weekend many of us enjoy each year at the end of May. From all of us here at Backcountry Journeys, we do hope that you enjoyed your weekend.
We also hope that you were able to take the time to recognize the true reason for this holiday. Memorial Day, observed each year on the last Monday of May, honors the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S. military.
Honoring fallen service members dates back to just after the Civil War. Folks across the United States began holding tributes to the fallen soldiers, decorating graves with flowers, and reciting prayers. Decoration Day, as it was first known, was recognized each spring. Memorial Day did not become an official federal holiday until 1971.
Today we hope that you’ll help us honor those brave men and women who have given all for our country.
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, Arches, Canyonlands, Olympic, and Redwood 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!
Video for the Wildlife Photographer
with Russell Graves
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021
11 am – 12 pm Mountain Time