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

Five Favorite Outdoor Adventures in Indiana Dunes

As the Spring approaches, the Upper Midwest explodes in to a lush wonderland and I start planning my summer escapes. A destination that I’ve become particularly fond of is the Indiana Dunes area. Here are my five favorite outdoor adventures in the area Mountain Biking the Outback Trail at Imagination Glen  I’ve literally mountain b...

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Hiking the Marufo Vega Trail, Big Bend National Park, Texas

A wilderness trail in the Big Bend backcountry The Marufo Vega trail near its highest altitude I think I’ll try to make a habit of this; coming to Big Bend National Park in February and escaping the north country winter blues. I was here last year under similar circumstances and had such a wonderful time...

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Searching for Crested Saguaros, the Desert’s Four-Leaf Clover

Yes, its a thing. Have you ever traveled somewhere and discovered a strikingly bizarre local tradition that you later embraced? I suppose that’s the best way I could describe the search for crested Saguaros. Saguaro Cacti forever bear the image of deserts around the world even though they only occur in a narrow range ...

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