Petrified Forest Camping & Backpacking

The sound of my alarm going off jolted me awake. I unzipped my sleeping bag and crawled out into the brisk night air. Only a day earlier we had realized that the Petrified Forest allowed wilderness camping. Now, here I was crawling out of my tent and into one of the darkest skies in North America….

Unrestored Section of The Great Wall – Jiankou, Part 1

Another title for this post could be, “That time we asked each other if we were going to survive this.” My wife and I have walked across ridges with 100′ vertical drops on either side. We have scaled mountainsides and walked on 2x4s 2,000′ in the air, but this trail made us question our sanity. This is…