Rocky Mountain

Now that I'm settled in, my initial awe of giant mountains has subsided a bit. By no means am I saying these mountains are any less gorgeous, I've just gotten more used to them. Having driven- and worked- throughout ROMO in these last two weeks,...

Hey everyone, my name is Will Tsai and welcome to my blog! I am currently a student at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa majoring in Environmental Science and Political Science. Prior to Des Moines, I grew up in Portland, Oregon where I first fell...

Yesterday, I hiked to Rocky’s only remaining glacier, Andrews. We began our day by meandering around a few neighboring lakes: Nymph, Dream, Emerald, and Haiyaha. Then, we headed south towards the Loch, and started the climb up to Andrews. The trail wound its way through forests...

Last Friday I shadowed the Fire Effects crew to write an article about their work. The focus of their work is monitoring the effects of prescribed burns on vegetation, yet, they also respond to fires, amongst other things. With this dual role comes a need to be ready for...

Last Tuesday, I hiked up Eagle Cliff to photograph the U-shaped valley and lateral moraines that are Moraine Park. As glaciers moved through Moraine Park, they produced the distinctive U-shaped valley by eroding rock. As glaciers melted, they left behind rock piles, called lateral moraines. Rivers...

Rocky’s glaciers were once incredibly massive. A mere glance at Moraine Park will tell you that. They’re small now; so small that only one, Andrews Glacier, is still technically a glacier. To be considered a glacier, an ice mass needs to be large enough to...

Trails are largely experienced from two approaches: forward and reverse. Sure, differences in height can result in slight differences in how they are experienced, but those differences are minimal. Hiking around Fern Lake. Yet, these perspectives are complicated by each viewer’s past. Every sight they’ve seen, every...

They’re everywhere. They’re crowding the Safeway, the local cafes, and the streets of downtown. They’re screeching to halts in the middle of the road to catch glimpses of elk and to snap a few photographs. Yet...

A few weeks back, I thought of national parks as static. I thought of the world around them as developing at an ever increasing pace while they stayed the same.Yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. National parks, specifically Rocky Mountain National Park, is the...

On June 11, 2019, Environment for the Americas' (EFTA) Latino Outreach Coordinator, and I completed a site visit at the Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado. We were about an hours drive from Boulder, Colorado, where EFTA's office is located, when the...