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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State Toast

Raleigh Trip: Craft Breweries

Nothing works up a powerful thirst like five days of hiking. Thankfully, Raleigh has a lot to offer to wet your whistle! Here’s a super fun fact I learned on my recent trip to Raleigh: North Carolina is the only state with a (legislated) State Toast! Its a four stanza poem that has been the...

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Mountains to Sea Trail, Raleigh

Discovering Local Hikes near Raleigh, North Carolina

I was most fortunate to spend a long weekend kicking off the summer with a number of hikes in Raleigh, North Carolina. North Carolina holds a special place in my heart. I spent 4 years of my childhood in the Charlotte region then returned for a road trip 15 years later. Frequently compared to our...

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El Corte de Madera Creek Redwoods

El Corte de Madera Creek: Bay Area Backyard Hikes

El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space quickly became one of my favorites here in the Bay Area. This is a large park with near continuous swaths of redwood wilderness which I love to hike and run. Life in the Peninsula is costly but its not without perks! In the past several months, I’ve been...

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Desert bighorn Lambs

Desert Bighorn Sheep Hike at Anza Borrego Desert State Park

Fortunate timing gave us an up close and personal encounter with Desert Bighorn Sheep This has been a particularly fortuitous spring for me with seeing wildlife spectacles. Between witnessing the fly-out of 5,000 snow geese at Bosque del Apache and seeing my first bighorn sheep in the wild in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, its...

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