I’M QUINCY KOETZ

An outdoorsman and Nurse Practitioner living in Chicago. When I first started this blog, I was an EMT living in Southern California and this blog has followed...

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Hiking Mt Cristo Rey, Sunland Park, New Mexico

New Mexico Road Trip: 8 days, 1,600 miles on the road and 90 miles on foot I recently had a glorious opportunity to spend 8 days in New Mexico and a few in West Texas. Though I feel like I’ve traveled all across the Southwest, there was a glaring lack of trips through the heart...

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Bay Area Backyard Hikes: Hayward Shoreline Trails

Easy spot for hiking and birding on the shore of Hayward. There are several hundred parks, open spaces and protected lands in the Bay Area and nearly all of them are ripe for adventure. Though I love traveling around the country, I’ve found that there’s enough variability in environments around the San Francisco Bay that...

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Eight Takeaways We Learned from Wine Tours in Sonoma Valley

Beautiful view at Benziger Winery Being Californians, we always felt like our appreciation and understanding of wine was grossly limited. Sure, we know the general differences between varietals and a little bit about wine growing regions. However, when it comes to the finer art of wine tasting and appreciation, we felt like it was quite...

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