I have always loved getting out into nature (and taking photographs of nature). However, hiking did not become a top priority for me until 2015 when I was recovering from a back injury (no more jogging). It has since become my passion. My ultimate goal is to hike in all 50 states and in all 59 National Parks. I am currently at 15 Parks, but 12 and counting since Thanksgiving 2015 (Mammoth Cave, Cuyahoga Valley, Acadia, Shenandoah, Great Smoky Mountains, Congaree, Everglades, Biscayne, Saguaro, Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon)...with 6 more in Colorado and eastern Utah planned for summer 2017.