Mike Loekle (@travelingchicagoan) — Wannabe globetrotter, intrepid traveler, hijinks enthusiast.
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Currently: Chicago
National Parks Week | Canyonlands 
The great joy of Canyonlands National Park is
National Parks Week | Canyonlands The great joy of Canyonlands National Park is how readily accessible and beautiful it’s frontcountry is while simultaneously harboring some of the most hardcore and inhospitable backcountry that we have. Nearly literally unchanged since the Anasazi left some 700 years ago things can go south quick in The Maze district. Beyond a scant few 4wd tracks there is nothing there, and is both the allure and the point. Pictured above, the 100 mile White Rim Road presents a wholly different set of challenges of the overland variety. Some go by bicycle, some by Jeep, all enjoy the desert awesomeness of The Canyonlands. . . . #canyonlands#canyonlandsnationalpark#nps#nationalparkservice#nationalparksweek#utah#exploreutah#overlanding#moab#moab#travel#travelgram#instatravel#ig_travel#roadtrip#roadtrippin#utahphotographer#utahphotography#landscapephotography#landscape_kings#landscape_love#desert#desertgram#optoutside#lonelyplanet#outside
27.04.2019 19:26:42
National Parks Week | Big Bend N.P.

In the middle of proper nowhere lies one of
National Parks Week | Big Bend N.P. In the middle of proper nowhere lies one of our most desolate and captivating parks - Big Bend. Named for the sweeping curve in Rio Grande, Big Bend is deep into the sprawling expanse that is West Texas. Topography and terrain aside, it’s the only park I know of with an international border crossing. Walk, wade, or row yourself across the river and you’ll find yourself in Boquillas del Carmen, a rusticly beautiful and captivating town reminiscent of decades gone by. So in addition to communing with nature, you can also experience meaningful cultural exchange, just remember your passport. And also remember that, both when in nature and other countries, we are the guests, and should act accordingly. . . . #nps#parksservice#nationalparksweek#bigbendnationalpark#boquillas#boquillasdelcarmen#mexico🇲🇽#mexico#mexico_amazing#coahuila#travel#travelgram#instatravel#roadtrip#roadtrippin#desert#sonorandesert#travelphotography#landscapephotography#texas🇨🇱#Texas#westtexas#hike#camp#optoutside🌲#culture
25.04.2019 22:43:39
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National Parks Week | Black Canyon of the Gunnison

A dozen or so miles northeas
National Parks Week | Black Canyon of the Gunnison A dozen or so miles northeast of Montrose, CO lies a canyon steeper, darker, and more foreboding than the Grand Canyon. There are no trails to the river, only unmarked routes and draws. The simplest of which manages to descend 1800 feet over the course of a scant mile, requires class three scrambling, and reasonable navigation skill. A trip the river is a genuine adventure that only a handful of intrepid visitors make. Do so and you’ll be rewarded with wildly rugged environs. . . . #nps#nationalparks#blackcanyonofthegunnison#nationalparksweek#rei#lonelyplanet#hike#hikestagram#climb#climbing_lovers#raft#whitewaterrafting#flyfishing#gunnison#montrose#travel#travelgram#backpack#colorado#travelphotography#landscapephotography#wildernessculture#wilderness#geologyrocks#geology#coloradotography#goparks
24.04.2019 22:28:44
National Parks Week | Zion N.P.

If there’s any park that’s seen a massive jump
National Parks Week | Zion N.P. If there’s any park that’s seen a massive jump in visitorship, it’s Zion. But, you know, some places are worth the hype. The key, if you can, is to not go during the summer. If you can manage a non-peak visit you’ll feel like you have the place to yourself, relatively speaking. While I personally find Angel’s Landing a bit overhyped, hiking The Narrows bottom-up when it’s not hot out can be a joy with a bit of planning. You’ll want dry pants, neoprene booties, and a walking stick - especially if hiking when there’s runoff - all easily rentable from @zionoutfitter. Monitor the flow rate of the Virgin River, if it’s over 150 CFS it will be closed. As for the trail, it’s literally the river itself so it’s tough to get lost per se. Keep an eye on your watch though as missing the last shuttle would make for a loooong end of the day. . . . #zion#zionnationalpark#nps#nationalparksweek#zionoutfitter#nps#nationalparksweek#utah#utahphotographer#exploreutah#roadtrip#roadtrippin#travel#travelgram#instatravel#nomad#vagabond#wanderlust#landscapephotography#landscape_love#thenarrows#zionnarrows#optoutside#lonelyplanet#dirtbag
23.04.2019 23:08:45
Happy Earth Day
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In 2014 one of my dear friends got married in Tellurid
Happy Earth Day ————————— In 2014 one of my dear friends got married in Telluride, Colorado. A few days before the nuptials we embarked on a hike to Blue Lakes. But due to some cavalier flippancy on my part, we unwittingly took the left fork in the trail, eventually depositing us to Blaine Basin. What a fortunate error this turned out to be. I’ve been back to Blaine Basin a few times since. It’s possibly my all-time favorite slice of backcountry. On my last visit I spent the night and had the entirety of the basin all to myself. So when you pull up to the trailhead after a dozen or so miles on rutted out roads and see 30 cars, fear not as 29 of them will likely be heading towards Blue Lakes, but you’ll be heading towards the incomparable Blaine Basin. . . . #earthday#colorado#coloradogram#telluride#blainebasin#sanjuans#durango#ouray#silverton#rockymountains#alpenglow#landscapephotography#travel#travelgram#instatravel#ig_travel#roadtrip#backpack#hike#hikestagram#climb#mtsneffels#wanderlust#travelphotography#backcountry#earthday2019
22.04.2019 21:48:29
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Mexico City gets a bad rap, but in reality it’s a world class city that is full
Mexico City gets a bad rap, but in reality it’s a world class city that is full of culture, history, vibrancy, and of course, food for daaaaays. Can’t wait to go back next week. . . . #cdmx🇲🇽#CDMX#mexicocity#visitmexico🇲🇽#visitmexico#mexico#mexico_tour#travel#travelgram#architecture#architecturephotography#instatravel#ig_travel#travelphotography#culture#wanderlust#vagabond#dirtbag#nomad#lovemexico
21.02.2019 23:22:54
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