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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Bitterroot Range Montana

Hiking Trapper Peak, Bitterroot Mountains, Montana

After taking a day to paddle the Salmon River in Idaho, I turned my sights north to the infamous Bitterroot Mountains where I naturally wanted to climb the high point of the range. If you only knew how long I’ve been trying to get up to the Bitterroot Mountains! This famously majestic mountain range defines...

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Craters of the Moon 2

Hiking and Sightseeing at Craters of the Moon National Monument

Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve captures the title of most unique destination in Idaho. In the otherwise pancake flat agricultural region of the Snake River Plain, massive volcanic features create a magnificent contrast. “Looks like Hawaii!” is what I heard from almost every kid I encountered while visiting Craters of...

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Shoshone Falls View

Sightseeing Shoshone Falls, Idaho

After heavy early-summer rains, Shoshone Falls was running with tremendous force through this famous gorge known as the Niagara of the West. Shoshone Falls: Niagara of the West Oh I know I’m not stumbling upon anything new here by writing about Shoshone Falls. But when you’re just minutes away from the greatest natural features in...

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City of Rocks National Preserve Idaho

Hiking and Sightseeing at City of Rocks Preserve, Idaho

My first return to Idaho in 7 years began with a trip through the imaginative and unique City of Rocks Preserve. Though known for rock climbing, a few informal hiking trails lead to some fantastic vistas. Idaho was on my short list of states that I’ve visited but barely explored. Part of the impetus for...

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