"Pretty cool place," says Walters eventually. "I like this restaurant."

"And we saw a pretty good movie today, too," adds Ed.
"Yep," says Walters. "I wonder how long it's playing."

adventure, men's journal, and many other publications. he has received two lowell thomas awards for his travel writing in american way.
park play
want to learn more about the national parks' field institutes? read on. but first, a caveat: be honest about your backcountry skills. if you're not, more advanced courses will see you in well over your head.

the big three


grand canyon field institute, arizona
(928) 638-2485, www.grandcanyon.org/fieldinstitute. $95-$1,325. includes the four-day horseshoe mesa backpack, the five-day women-only havasu canyon backpack, and the weeklong chuar-to-kwagunt loop backpack.

yellowstone association institute, wyoming
(307) 344-2294, www.yellowstoneassociation.org. $260-$845. kayak yellowstone lake, tackle a hike in one of the park's least visited areas, or explore black canyon, where herds of elk, mule deer, and bighorn sheep gather.

yosemite association, california