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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 By Quincy Koetz

Hiking, Hailstorms, and Centipedes in Valley of the Gods, Utah

Day: 3.5 Miles: 853 Location: Valley of the Gods, Utah Valley of the Gods, Utah Mapbooks are funny. This whole trip is based off of the directions from the old school Michellen Mapbook. Its a better, purer way to travel. Unlike google maps, mapbooks still have roadside attractions labeled. But even mapbooks fall short! The...

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Hiking Monument Valley, Arizona

Day: 3 Miles: 710 Location: Monument Valley Tribal Park, Arizona West Mitten, East Mitten, and Merrick Butte, posing for the camera Today’s destination was the famous Monument Valley Tribal Park which is a part of the Navajo Nation. This is the largest Native American Reservation in the country and it spans three states: Colorado, Utah...

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Climbing Humphreys Peak, Flagstaff Arizona

“A man on foot, on horseback or on a bicycle will see more, feel more, enjoy more in one mile than the motorized tourists can in a hundred miles.” ~Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire Desert Perspectives Phoenix has forever ruined the image of Arizona. Not that I have anything against, Phoenix, I am a much bigger...

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California to Maine; 5,000 Mile Road Trip

“We were all delighted, we all realized we were leaving confusion and nonsense behind and performing our one noble function of the time, move.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road  The time is long overdue for me to finally make a cross country road trip. I’ve done 3, 2,000 mile long road trips- one...

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