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
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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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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Hiking Mt St Helena, Napa Valley, California

Mt St Helena is the tallest mountain in the San Francisco Bay Area. At 4,342′ it is one of the rare coastal summits that receives measurable snow in the winter. A true classic for any hiker in the region The summit views of Mt St Helena Boy is it ever refreshing to be surrounded by...

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Hiking Canyon Falls, Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Continuing with the wonderful theme of amazing waterfalls after thunderstorms, I visited Canyon Falls. While the name itself is not very imaginable, the sights to behold are glorious.  Canyon Falls is right off of Route 41 South of L’Anse Michigan. The hike to the falls is a relatively flat half a mile. Along the way...

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