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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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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Round Lake, Lake Basin

Hiking the Lake Basin Loop, Plumas County, CA

This is an easily completed 5 mile loop hike of an alpine glacial basin in the Northern Sierras. Have you ever been to Plumas County, California? For the 15 years I’ve spent in California, this was my first visit! The Sierras between Lake Tahoe and Mt Lassen seemed mysterious to me. Marked by tiny mining-era...

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Sierra Buttes

Hiking Tamarack Lakes Trails, California

A mid-spring hike in the Tamarack Lakes region might as well be a winter hike anywhere else. Snowy trails lead to abundant solitude A Blank Spot on the Map If you drew a line between Lake Tahoe and Mt Lassen, about halfway between is Plumas and Sierra Counties. With a combined population of less than...

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Wheeler Peak Summit

Winter Hike of Wheeler Peak, New Mexico

My greatest adventure of my New Mexico trip was hiking the highpoint in the winter. Though an unusually dry winter made for a fairly straightforward hike, the challenge and accomplishment were excellent. A long journey’s summit Perhaps the biggest reason I did a grand road trip through New Mexico was to hike its high point,...

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