I have always loved getting out into nature (and taking photographs of nature). However, hiking became a top priority for me just in the last few years. I changed my exercise habits while I was recovering from a back injury, and it has now 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 (in FL, SC, NC/TN, VA, KY, OH, ME, UT, AZ, CA and HI), most of those since 2015...with 6 more planned for summer 2017 (CO and UT again). Some of my favorite national park trails so far include Bright Angel in the Grand Canyon, Angels Landing in Zion, Fairyland Loop in Bryce Canyon, Chimney Tops in Great Smoky Mountains and Jordan Pond/The Bubbles in Acadia (with an amazing view of a passing summer thunderstorm in the distance). Currently, I am focusing on many of the wonderful trails close by in North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee...particularly in the mountains and the numerous state parks.