We recently decided that we often do cool things, go to cool places, and occasionally have some good ideas. Now we have an outlet to share those with the rest of the world.
We’re a couple of biologists that are interested in conservation and outdoor travel, so that’s mostly what you’ll find here. We want to spread awareness of the importance of conservation and how it can be practiced by anyone, and to show how traveling and seeing the world can be an extremely enlightening enterprise.
This website is NOT meant to be a way for you to live vicariously through us (even though we are awesome). It is meant to inspire you to take action. It’s meant to get you do something good for the planet and go explore something new. The world is full of interesting people, places, and things. Go experience them and do your part to preserve them for future generations to experience!
The idea came to us during a trip last year through the mid-west. Following a scientific meeting, we needed to drive from Oklahoma to Indiana. As luck would have it, the space between these states included many of the few remaining plots of tallgrass prairie ecosystem on the planet (less than 1% of the original land area has escaped conversion to agriculture and invasion of non-native plants). To me, it seemed obvious that anyone passing through would absolutely need to plot a route that allows them to see this critically endangered habitat. But as we hiked through the endless empty fields of Tallgrass Prairie Preserve in Oklahoma, I realized that nobody actually does that. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas was similarly devoid of visitors and the staff of Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie in Illinois seemed confused as to why we were even there.
We succeeded in our goal of educating ourselves about the prairies and gaining an appreciation for them. The good news is that restoration efforts are underway to convert farm land back into functioning tallgrass prairie habitat, to implement fire management plans that imitate historical conditions, and to reintroduce native plants and grazers (namely bison). The outlook is positive.
But these off the beaten path ecodestinations aren’t going to stay preserved for long if nobody visits or even know about them. Despite the lack of traditional scenery, I highly recommend visiting the prairies. They have their own unique beauty and can give you a great snap shot of what a very large portion of North America once looked like. Kerry and I are constantly seeking out unique places to explore and we want to tell you about them. Check back often if you want to hear more. And feel free to contact us if you have questions or suggestions.
The Tallgrass Praries: Lots of open space and grass. Not many ice cream stands or roller coasters.