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In Pursuit of Wildness: Mount Rainier National Park

Sep 13, 2017 View Comments by

“Of all the fire mountains which, like beacons, once blazed along the Pacific Coast, Mount Rainier is the noblest …” —John Muir Mount Rainier is the fifth highest peak in the contiguous United States, and America’s fifth oldest national park. But for my family, we simply called this park home. When my tour ended with […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: New Mexico’s El Morro National Monument

Aug 23, 2017 View Comments by

New Mexico has some of the best, less-traveled parks in America. Whether you go north or south, east or west, it is so rewarding. This state is rich in history with scenery straight out of Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings. Everyone loves New Mexico, especially on a motorcycle. I was born in the small village of La […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Pinnacles National Park

Apr 24, 2017 View Comments by

Once upon a time, it was called Pinnacles National Monument, but today it is America’s newest national park. That’s where this story begins. Graduating from San Jose State, getting married, and landing my first permanent job with the National Park Service all within one week was a miracle. “We’d like to offer you a job […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Joshua Tree National Park

Mar 09, 2017 View Comments by

“… Lord, I’ve never lived where churches grow …” —Johnny Cash Joshua Tree National Monument is a special place in the desert. I say that because I’ve walked along some of its lonely trails, camped there, scrambled over the huge boulders, looked up at the night sky, and served as acting superintendent when working for […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Exploring the Backcountry of Sequoia National Park

Dec 13, 2016 View Comments by

Everyone knows Yellowstone is America’s first national park. Few, however, know that Sequoia is the nation’s second national park and California’s first. That’s where this story begins. The giant sequoias were here some 2,000 years ago. Their root system is shallow and they drink about 500 gallons per day. If you come by after a […]

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In Pursuit of Wildness: Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service

Jul 14, 2016 View Comments by

The wind, the open road, and my motorcycle: this is my mantra. Motorcycles have been a part of my of life since I was 16. My first bike was an 80cc Yamaha, and for a high school kid it was magic. I am 67 years old and still riding motorcycles. Today I ride a Yamaha […]

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The Nation’s Christmas Tree

Dec 06, 2017 View Comments by

Reflecting back on my last National Park Service assignment, Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park were managed as one giant park with a huge Sierra heart.  After all, these parks have two of the largest living trees in the world.  The largest sequoia tree resides in Sequoia National Park and that is special.  […]

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Free Admission to All National Parks April 22-23

Apr 18, 2017 View Comments by

National Park Week is April 15-23, and to celebrate the National Park Service is hosting fee-free days at all national parks April 22-23. National Park Week is an excellent time to make great connections, explore new places, discover open spaces, and enjoy affordable vacations. April 22 is Earth Day, and April 23 is the second annual […]

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Parks Canada Offering Free Admission in 2017

Jan 25, 2017 View Comments by

To celebrate the National Park Service’s 100-year anniversary, last year we launched In Pursuit of Wildness, a new series about exploring our country’s national parks on two wheels. Penned by Robert Griego, a motorcyclist who spent 35 and a half years with the National Park Service, we’ve covered Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park, […]

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Touring Tip: Choosing a Destination

Jan 10, 2017 View Comments by

At RoadRUNNER, we’re already busy planning our 2017 tours. With so many places to visit around the country and abroad, picking a destination can be a fun but overwhelming decision. Assuming you don’t already know your desired destination(s) for the year, let’s talk about how to figure that out. Below are some thoughts on how to set […]

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Free Admission to U.S. National Parks August 25-28

Aug 25, 2016 View Comments by

The National Park Service turns 100 today, August 25, 2016, and everyone can take part in the celebration. From August 25-28, the NPS will offer free admission to all U.S. national parks. America’s more than 400 national parks span 84 million acres, terrain that is historic, sacred, and enriching—and RoadRUNNER continues to explore them, from Arches to […]

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‘Your Pass Now’ Helping to Reduce Congestion at National Parks

May 17, 2017 View Comments by

Imagine: your saddlebags are packed, your gear’s on, the sun’s out, and you’re excited to spend several days exploring Sequoia National Park. You roll out of the driveway in a great mood. Then you get there and see the long line to purchase a park pass. Developed in conjunction with the National Park Service, Your Pass Now is […]

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