Gloria Wadzinski

Gloria Wadzinski

National park enthusiast, Gloria Wadzinski writes, photographs and shoots video to encourage travelers to try something new. A planner at heart, Gloria likes to be prepared for adventures so she helps other travelers by thoroughly documenting hikes, road trips and destinations, including everything they need to know to forge out safely and not miss a thing.

Gloria earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, and because life is change, added additional degrees and certificates from the Western Iowa Technical College, Front Range Community College and the Art Institute of Denver. Over a 40-year career, Gloria has won national accolades including CUES Golden Mirror Awards for a children's educational program and graphic design projects, and most recently a Folio Digital Award for the relaunch of a website about the national parks of Colorado.

What is Gloria's favorite national park? The last one she visited, so the answer changes several times a year.

Manresa Castle Hotel in Port Townsend, Wash.

11 Unusual Places to Stay on the Olympic Peninsula

You could stay in a nondescript hotel during your Olympic vacation. But step outside your comfort zone to spend the night at fantastic and unusual lodging.

Obstruction Road in Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge to Obstruction Point Scenic Drive

An 8-mile dirt road from Hurricane Ridge to Obstruction Point has the most beautiful views if you dare to make the drive.

Cross-country skiing on Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

Ski and Snowboard at Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park

It's 1 of only 3 national parks in the U.S. with a ski lift. Go snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, and tubing at Hurricane Ridge.

A branch dripping with moss in Olympic's Hoh Rain Forest

2 Easy Rainforest Hikes

The Hall of Mosses nature trail ventures less than a mile through the rainforest near the visitor center. Another, the Spruce Nature Trail is just 1.2 miles.

Ochre starfish and anemones in a tide pool on Olympic National Park's Pacific Coast

Visit a National Marine Sanctuary on Olympic National Park's Coast

Explore the tide pools or surf on Olympic's beaches. But, what many visitors don't know is that they are at a national marine sanctuary.

A hiker on Shi Shi Beach. Photo by David Krause

Hike Shi Shi Beach to Point of Arches on Olympic Coast

This 8-mile round trip out-and-back trail travels along the northern Olympic Coast among tide pools and sea stacks, down to Point of Arches.

A billy goat (male) at Heart Lake in Olympic NP. Photo by NPS

Courts Reject Lawsuit over Fatal Goring in Olympic, sort of...

The goat had been harassing visitors for years. After goring, the goat stood guard over the man, not letting anyone aid him as he was bleeding to death.