Two years ago, Ray Hivoral of Pacific Beach had some vacation time saved up and a computer-based job he could work anywhere. So he bought and outfitted a travel van and made a series of trips to national parks throughout the Western U.S. with his 12-year-old dog, Jack.
The goal of Hivoral’s adventures was to spend as much time as possible with Jack, a white English Labrador retriever, before he passed away from old age. But the unexpected end result of their travels was the creation of a new company by the 56-year-old coffee aficionado. National Parks Coffee Company, launched on Aug. 25 — the 104th anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service — aims to raise awareness about the parks and their history.