Author Archive: Mark Loftin

Mark Loftin

Mark Loftin

Mark first became addicted to travel in his early twenties after exploring Europe and taking a few road trips of America’s Southwest. An avid hiker and mountain biker, he loves filling his weekends with new trails. Some of his favorite hikes are Mount Whitney, Zion’s Angel’s Landing, Yosemite’s Half Dome, Glacier’s Highline, and California’s Lost Coast trails, and a few of his favorite bike trails are the Downieville Classic, Sedona’s Cathedral Rock Big Loop and Lake Tahoe’s Flume. His other hobbies include playing the drums with various West Coast rock bands and hacking up golf courses. Mark spends his weekdays navigating the financial markets as a financial advisor in the Bay Area, California.
Thunder Mountain Trail, Utah. A hoodoo that resembles a statue from Easter Island.

Desolate Highways to Thunder Mountain and Beyond

It has been 20 years since adventurer Mark Loftin has contributed his first story to our website. Your future self will thank you for his insights and wisdom that you can apply right now to your travels. Besides it is a beautiful story about biking Thunder Mountain Trail and exploring the Extraterrestrial Highway.

Napali Coast by boat

48 hours in Kauai

Our adventure, Mark Loftin, books a last-minute, solo trip to Kauai, Hawaii, and avoids looking at pictures so the 550 square miles will be a surprise.

An old-fashioned gas station with colorful signs.

Discoveries of American Highways

What begins as a 1-week family mission to drive Grandma across Texas to see a doctor, turns into a 5-week adventure across the American West and Deep South.

Mark Loftin profile picture

In and Out of Cuba

The risk of going to Cuba has an allure all of its own. Before Mark knew it, he booked an overnight stay in Havana that turns into a financial nightmare.

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