Calling Home

“I think all of us – dad, me, my brother – recognized a window of opportunity in which our flexibility as freelancers overlapped with dad’s entrance into the golden years of being both retired and fit,” says David Hanson. “Plus, it felt like dad and I had some things to figure out. Our differences weren’t just that he liked park lodges and I preferred remote bivy sites.”

For the past five years, David’s father, Scott, has visited a cluster of National Parks. And every year, David and his brother take turns accompanying him. Today, we travel with David and his father to Carlsbad Caverns, Guadalupe Mountains and Big Bend in search of two of the greatest gifts our public lands give us: family time and common ground.  

You can find David’s writing, photos and video at:


Music: If Walls Could Talk by Jacob Bain & Nis Kotto    •    On the Road by Amy Stolzenbach    •    Cowgirls by Ken Christianson    •    Kelp Grooves by Little Glass Men    •    Circuit Rider by Fog Lake

Tracks provided by Free Music Archive and with permission from the artists.


5 Comments on “Mileposts — Calling Home

    •  by  Jen Altschul

      Hey Ty, Not currently, but a few people have asked. We’ll see what we can do!

  1.  by  Al Hiscox

    This is the best episode of The Diaries that I’ve heard in a while. I was fortunate as a kid to travel with my Grandmother to many of the West’s national parks. She taught me a love of these priceless places that I have tried so very hard to pass on to my own daughters, and I will be forever grateful to her for that gift.
    I’m a bit jealous of David Hanson’s getting to share national parks with his father, as my dad would rather run naked through a town square than go to any park. Thanks for sharing this fantastic story!

  2.  by  Michael Muldoon

    My wife and I have four boys (ages 27, 24, 23 and 20) and I must say this story reminds me exactly of our lives together. One is in Virginia, another in North Dakota, the third in Idaho and our fourth is a sophomore in college on a full ride basketball scholorship at Eastern Illinois.
    I hope we share the same experiences as we all age! Very proud of each one of them!! Thanks for sharing your story

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